Is this the ONLY reasons they could come up with? What about it being a blatant payoff for crappy leadership? How about the fact that he is likely to be indicted? What of the fact that he is a lightning rod to the local community activists? What about the fact that this is a " golden parachute"?
Is the City Council so deaf that they couldn't hear the outrage? Grow some nuts, call a spade a spade and kill the contract for what it is. If the Harbor Commission actually thought it was such a great idea, why didn't they even bother to show up and defend it?