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July 2, 1991 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angered at what he calls a police quota system of arrests and citations, a lawyer filed an anti-racketeering suit against the city Monday that seeks $20 million in punitive damages. The class-action suit also seeks to have fines repaid to all people arrested or cited by Seal Beach police since Jan. 1 of this year. Ernest J. Franceschi Jr. filed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000 | ALEX MURASHKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The new owner of a low- and moderate-income trailer park in Seal Beach has sued city officials, saying people seeking affordable housing are in effect excluded from the park because of $60,000 "key fees," "scalping" of trailers for as much as $130,000, and other unscrupulous tactics by longtime residents. But residents say park owner Richard Hall just wants to kick them out so he can raze the park and turn it into a resort as he did with the Treasure Island trailer park in Laguna Beach.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Residents have rained criticism on the Los Angeles law firm that serves as the city's attorney and have requested that the City Council hire another firm to evaluate its legal services. Mayor Frank Laszlo said Monday night that he will consult several attorneys on getting a second opinion on the firm's handling of Mola Development-related lawsuits. The city is represented by the firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The city's senior accountant filed a breach-of-contract claim against the city and City Manager Keith Till, becoming the second employee recently to take legal action against the city. Stephanie Stinson, who has worked for the city for 22 years, filed a claim in Orange County Superior Court last week. Elizabeth Stoddard, the city treasurer, filed a claim to get her job back on Sept. 13, after she was fired by Till.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The city's senior accountant filed a breach-of-contract claim against the city and City Manager Keith Till, becoming the second employee recently to take legal action against the city. Stephanie Stinson, who has worked for the city for 22 years, filed a claim in Orange County Superior Court last week. Elizabeth Stoddard, the city treasurer, filed a claim to get her job back on Sept. 13, after she was fired by Till.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
The California Supreme Court has decided not to hear a request by the Mola Development Corp. for reinstatement of its 149-acre project on the Hellman Ranch property. The company hoped that with Supreme Court backing it would be able to move forward on its plans to build 329 homes on 41 acres of wetlands, leaving 26 acres of parkland. This is the second blow to the project in five months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER ADAMS
Mola Development Corp. has filed a claim against the city seeking $11 million for losses related to its four-year battle to build a $200-million housing development that the city first approved, then rejected. A claim must be filed before the developer can sue the city. Mola attorney Jeffrey M. Oderman said the company plans to sue Seal Beach if the City Council rejects the claim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER ADAMS
City officials are unsure whether Mola Development Corp. will be permitted to refile plans for a $200-million residential project identical to one rejected by the City Council in June. Municipal code or state law may require that the developer wait six months or a year before again seeking approval for the controversial 329-unit Hellman Ranch project, said City Atty. Quinn Barrow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1990
The Mola Development Corp. has lost an attempt to shake off a suit filed by the Wetlands Restoration Society over a 355-unit residential project. An Orange County Superior Court judge Wednesday refused to allow Mola to file a request for dismissal of the suit. In part, the suit, filed last November, contends that the city had no right to approve the project without first updating the city's general plan.
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March 10, 1990 | MICHELLE NICOLOSI and TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than half of Orange County's 29 cities have local housing plans that fail to comply with state standards and could face legal problems such as those that barred Seal Beach this week from issuing any new residential building permits, state officials said Friday. On Tuesday, opponents of a 329-unit development in northwest Seal Beach gained a court order preventing the city from granting permits until the city updates and adopts its state-required housing plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
The city has won an appeal of a workers' compensation judgment that awarded eight years' back pay to a former police officer and levied a $10,000 penalty against the city, according to City Manager Keith Till. A San Francisco workers' compensation appeals board on Tuesday overturned the March 18 ruling by an Orange County workers' compensation judge.
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January 18, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE
The city of Seal Beach and a coalition of groups representing environmentalists and Native Americans on Tuesday sued Orange County and the Board of Supervisors, which last month approved a developer's plan to build 3,300 homes in and around the Bolsa Chica wetlands. The lawsuit alleges that the environmental impact report prepared by the county was flawed and violates the California Environmental Quality Act because it inadequately analyzed various adverse impacts associated with the project.
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January 14, 1995 | RUSS LOAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Seal Beach and a handful of environmental groups plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate last month's approval of the Bolsa Chica development by the county Board of Supervisors, leaders of the groups said Friday. The lawsuit will claim that an environmental impact report prepared by the county was flawed and not in compliance with state law, according to environmental land-use attorney Phil Seymour, who represents the groups planning the lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
The California Supreme Court has decided not to hear a request by the Mola Development Corp. for reinstatement of its 149-acre project on the Hellman Ranch property. The company hoped that with Supreme Court backing it would be able to move forward on its plans to build 329 homes on 41 acres of wetlands, leaving 26 acres of parkland. This is the second blow to the project in five months.
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February 4, 1992 | SHANNON SANDS
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Seal Beach police have been issuing tickets and arresting people under an illegal quota system for more than a year. "I think it's a tremendous victory for the city to get this knocked out at this stage. It would have cost the city a lot more money if it had actually gone to trial," City Atty. Quinn Barrow said. U.S. District Judge Stephen V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
A federal judge in Los Angeles refused on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit by an attorney who alleges that Seal Beach police began using an illegal quota system for arrests and citations in January. Attorney Ernest J. Franceschi Jr. is seeking to have fines repaid to anyone arrested or cited by Seal Beach police since Jan. 1, as well as $20 million in punitive damages. He is charging in his class-action suit that the city is violating the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable search and seizure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Residents will ask the City Council tonight to seek a second opinion on the performance of its attorneys handling litigation involving Mola Development Co. Controversy over Mola's proposal for the Hellman Ranch property has divided the city for several years, and some residents say they think that the law firm is not representing the city well. A group of residents met recently to discuss what it considers to be problems with the Los Angeles law firm Richards, Watson & Gershon.
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February 10, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The California secretary of state's office has raised questions about the Mola Development Corp.'s offer to pay for a special election in which voters here would decide whether a controversial housing project should be built. Through a citizens group that it supports financially, Mola has offered to pay the $50,000 cost of the special election. At issue would be the fate of the corporation's $200-million Hellman Ranch development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
The City Council this week rejected a $10-million claim filed in July by an attorney who sued the city over what he said was an illegal quota system for arrests and citations. The claim rejected Monday was a prelude to an amendment attorney Ernest J. Franceschi Jr. plans to add to an existing lawsuit against the city. Franceschi filed a class-action suit against the city in July, seeking to have fines repaid to all people arrested or cited by Seal Beach police since Jan. 1.
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October 5, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Superior Court Referee Greer Stroud has ordered Seal Beach to pay $46,272 in legal fees to the Wetlands Restoration Society, which successfully sued the city to overturn a Mola Development Corp.'s proposed development. "That's a lot of money," said City Manager Jerry L. Bankston. The money is not in the city's budget, he said, so the decision "will certainly mean a reduction in spending in some areas."
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