The South Pasadena City Council moved to revoke a former mayor's building permit against the advice of the city attorney, two key witnesses have testified.
The testimony came last week in Pasadena Superior Court as the trial began in the case of former Mayor Lee D. Prentiss, who claims the city pulled his building permit for political, not planning, reasons, and thus violated his civil rights.
All the defendants have denied the charges as ridiculous in interviews during the past year.
Prentiss' suit alleges that city leaders, motivated by malice and opposition to his conservative politics, instructed a city official nearly four years ago to revoke a permit for a three-story, 1,750-square-foot extension to his 86-year-old Craftsman-style home. The suit names ex-Mayor Evelyn Fierro, Councilman Harry Knapp and his wife Clarice, ex-Mayor James C. Hodge Jr., Mayor Amedee O. Richards and Transportation Commissioner Joanne Nuckols.
Prentiss received the permit the month before it was revoked and already had cut a new arch in a wall, removed cement and bricks and poured new cement foundations, his suit says.