The plan to build a Jewish Orthodox boarding school on Mureau Road has sparked a sign-waving protest and hours of opposition testimony at county hearings, but this week the Mountain View Estates Homeowners Assn. took its case to court.
The homeowners, who live in a 385-home development less than half a mile from the school's property, filed a Superior Court lawsuit Monday against Los Angeles County Director of Planning James E. Hartl, who granted a "clean hands waiver" in July that allowed the school to continue operating with 10 students. The suit seeks to force the county to revoke the waiver.
Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles has applied for county permits to build a school for 150 boys on the 8.5-acre site. In March, Mesivta had requested the clean hands waiver. Hartl's approval allowed the county to process the school's permit applications even though classes had started classes last year in existing buildings without a conditional use permit.
In July, the county Regional Planning Commission opened a series of public hearings to consider whether to approve Mesivta's permits. Many Mountain View homeowners have objected to the school, contending its impact on traffic, drainage, oak trees and other issues require further study. On Friday, Hartl's office referred a media inquiry about the suit to John Schwarze, an administrator at the Regional Planning Department.