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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2000
The 99 Cents Only chain filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court to block the city of Lancaster from ousting one of its stores to make way for the expansion of a rival Costco store. The suit alleges that the Lancaster city redevelopment agency violated federal law when it voted June 27 to spend $3.8 million to acquire the 18,878-square-foot building at the Valley Central Shopping Center without due process or a proper public purpose.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2000
The 99 Cents Only chain filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court to block the city of Lancaster from ousting one of its stores to make way for the expansion of a rival Costco store. The suit alleges that the Lancaster city redevelopment agency violated federal law when it voted June 27 to spend $3.8 million to acquire the 18,878-square-foot building at the Valley Central Shopping Center without due process or a proper public purpose.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ordered the city Friday to pay about $50,000 to a Los Angeles law firm that successfully challenged Lancaster's plan to use redevelopment housing funds to build two bridges over railroad tracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ordered the city Friday to pay about $50,000 to a Los Angeles law firm that successfully challenged Lancaster's plan to use redevelopment housing funds to build two bridges over railroad tracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
A San Fernando Valley legal aid firm has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging Lancaster's plan to build $24 million in roadway overpasses with money reserved under state law for promoting housing for low- to moderate-income residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1990
The city of Lancaster and Los Angeles County have filed lawsuits seeking to bar construction of a state prison in Lancaster, arguing that the state has not conducted an adequate environmental review and that the legislation involved was unconstitutional. The city suit argues that state officials violated environmental laws by failing to examine the prison's full social, economic and environmental impact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990
Lawyers preparing for the second round of a legal battle against a proposed state prison in Lancaster conceded Monday that they have no chance of stopping the prison at a court hearing this week. An attorney for Lancaster said lawyers are dropping their strongest remaining argument: A challenge to the constitutionality of 1987 legislation that calls for the 2,200-bed facility to be built in the western part of the desert city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1990
A judge on Wednesday gave state corrections officials another victory in their fight to build a state prison in Lancaster, rejecting the remaining challenges in a suit brought by the city of Lancaster and Los Angeles County. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski denied a request to order the state to build a medium-security prison, rather than the maximum- and medium-security facility now planned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991
A former Lancaster city official who claimed that the City Council violated the state's open-meetings law in voting to oppose two gay rights bills said Monday that he will not file a lawsuit against the city to challenge the decision. Former Deputy City Clerk Alan Robertson, who is gay and resigned in protest over the council's May 6 vote, said he was concerned that he and the gay-oriented church group that he heads might have had to pay the city's legal expenses if the city had won in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
The owners of nine Lancaster mobile-home parks have sued the city in federal court seeking to overturn its rent-control law. Claiming that the law is unconstitutional, they are asking for $9 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, follows a city decision to grant no rent increase to park owners this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1993 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Generally speaking, rain is a welcome sight in the parched Antelope Valley. But water--or at least aftershocks of too much of it--is causing a rift between the valley's two cities. The spat comes as Palmdale and Lancaster have tried to dispel a common conception that a "cactus curtain" divides them--that the cities are unwilling to cooperate to better the valley as a whole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
The owners of nine Lancaster mobile-home parks have sued the city in federal court seeking to overturn its rent-control law. Claiming that the law is unconstitutional, they are asking for $9 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, follows a city decision to grant no rent increase to park owners this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
A San Fernando Valley legal aid firm has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging Lancaster's plan to build $24 million in roadway overpasses with money reserved under state law for promoting housing for low- to moderate-income residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles law firm Tuesday filed a legal challenge against Lancaster's plan to build $24 million in roadway overpasses with housing funds and accused the city's attorney of a conflict of interest in the process. The challenge by the law firm of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, which specializes in redevelopment law, claims Lancaster wants to illegally build two overpasses with redevelopment funds that state law says must be used for low- to moderate-income housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1991
The son and granddaughter of an elderly woman who died after falling 20 feet from a staircase during a tour of Lancaster's nearly completed performing arts center have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. The suit, filed Tuesday in Lancaster Superior Court, claims the city and Cates Construction Co., the original builder of the center, who has since been replaced, were negligent in the Oct. 29, 1990, death of Viola Parr, 87, of Lancaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991
A former Lancaster city official who claimed that the City Council violated the state's open-meetings law in voting to oppose two gay rights bills said Monday that he will not file a lawsuit against the city to challenge the decision. Former Deputy City Clerk Alan Robertson, who is gay and resigned in protest over the council's May 6 vote, said he was concerned that he and the gay-oriented church group that he heads might have had to pay the city's legal expenses if the city had won in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles law firm Tuesday filed a legal challenge against Lancaster's plan to build $24 million in roadway overpasses with housing funds and accused the city's attorney of a conflict of interest in the process. The challenge by the law firm of Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, which specializes in redevelopment law, claims Lancaster wants to illegally build two overpasses with redevelopment funds that state law says must be used for low- to moderate-income housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1993 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Generally speaking, rain is a welcome sight in the parched Antelope Valley. But water--or at least aftershocks of too much of it--is causing a rift between the valley's two cities. The spat comes as Palmdale and Lancaster have tried to dispel a common conception that a "cactus curtain" divides them--that the cities are unwilling to cooperate to better the valley as a whole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1990
A judge on Wednesday gave state corrections officials another victory in their fight to build a state prison in Lancaster, rejecting the remaining challenges in a suit brought by the city of Lancaster and Los Angeles County. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski denied a request to order the state to build a medium-security prison, rather than the maximum- and medium-security facility now planned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990
Lawyers preparing for the second round of a legal battle against a proposed state prison in Lancaster conceded Monday that they have no chance of stopping the prison at a court hearing this week. An attorney for Lancaster said lawyers are dropping their strongest remaining argument: A challenge to the constitutionality of 1987 legislation that calls for the 2,200-bed facility to be built in the western part of the desert city.
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