TORRANCE — An attorney representing former Carson Councilman Walter J. (Jake) Egan has accused Torrance of playing "dirty pool" for threatening condemnation of Egan's muffler shop after agreeing in a 1984 legal settlement that he could keep it.
City Atty. Stanley E. Remelmeyer, however, said the city was within its rights because the City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, agreed to exempt Egan's property only for redevelopment purposes. The current acquisition effort seeks the property to straighten Torrance Boulevard.
"For the agency to give up its right to take Jake's property for the redevelopment project is a very different thing from the city giving up its rights for all time to straighten Torrance Boulevard," Remelmeyer said.
But Charles V. Berwanger, Egan's attorney, said that street straightening was the original reason cited in the redevelopment plan for acquiring Egan's property and that the timing of the city's move indicates that the city's rationale is a subterfuge.