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By Barbara Diamond | September 4, 2009
A federal judge Friday denied a request by anti-abortion plaintiffs to require the city to allow the use of an amplified bullhorn at times and places that violated local law to ?communicate the Gospel and a pro-life message.? The preliminary injunction requested by plaintiffs Steven Klein, Howard Putnam and Glen Biondi would have prevented the city from enforcing its noise ordinance. The ordinance bans the use of amplified sound equipment within 100 yards of schools, hospitals, churches, courthouses and City Hall when the facilities are in use, and for 30 minutes before and after use. ?
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By Barbara Diamond | October 23, 2009
Six neighbors of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach are asking for $15 million in damages to compensate them for longtime activities they claim jeopardize their health and property values. Will H. Gardenswartz, L. Reuben Gibney, Tawny Escobar, Judy Metez, Mike Blanchard and Anthony Sarris filed the complaint Oct. 9 against Mission and its parent St. Joseph Health System and as many as 50 unnamed defendants. The plaintiffs are seeking damages and injunctive relieve on their behalf and on the behalf of other residents living within a 1,500-foot radius of the hospital, which Mission acquired about three months ago. “No one in this lawsuit is opposed to a hospital,” Gardenswartz said.
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By Cindy Frazier | October 5, 2006
Two Laguna Beach residents have launched a lawsuit against the City of Laguna Beach seeking to shut down the Day Labor Center on Laguna Canyon Road. Eileen Garcia and George Riviere have campaigned for about a year against the center, which they criticize as allegedly serving illegal immigrants. Judicial Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative group, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Santa Ana Superior Court on behalf of the couple, seeking to halt all taxpayer funding of the center.
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By Josh Aden | November 26, 2007
Judge Gregory Munoz ruled against plaintiffs Eileen Garcia and George Riviere in their lawsuit to stop city funding of the Laguna Beach Day Worker Center on Monday. The suit aimed to stop the city’s funding, claiming it was both a waste of taxpayer funds and illegal for serving undocumented workers. Munoz’s ruling says there is no evidence for either allegation. “There is ample evidence that a public benefit was provided,” the ruling reads. The ruling also said the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of the city doing anything illegal by funding the South County Crosscultural Council, which runs the center.
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By Josh Aden | November 29, 2007
The city of Laguna Beach can keep funding its Day Labor Site. Superior Court Judge Gregory Munoz on Monday ruled against plaintiffs Eileen Garcia and George Riviere in their lawsuit to stop city funding of the facility on Laguna Canyon Road. The suit, filed Oct. 3, 2006, aimed to stop the city’s funding of the center, claiming it was both a waste of taxpayer funds and illegal for serving undocumented workers. Munoz’s ruling says there is no evidence to support either claim.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 25, 2008
Calling Laguna Beach worthy of “the Scrooge award” and alleging the city “has declared war on the homeless,” the ACLU of Southern California launched Tuesday what representatives say is a historic legal challenge to municipal enforcement of anti-sleeping laws and other measures against homeless disabled people. The ACLU — joined by Constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine School of Law — filed the suit Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on behalf of five homeless disabled people who allege mistreatment at the hand of the Laguna Beach Police Department.
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By By Barbara Diamond | November 18, 2005
Landowners sue Laguna Beach, alleging conflicts of interest and violations of state law in city's effort to reduce steepness of new streets, driveways. A group of Arch Beach Heights property owners has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that changes in the general plan are a backhanded way of rendering hillside properties unbuildable. The property owners object to a reduction in the allowable grade steepness for new streets, and they accuse some city officials -- elected and appointed -- of conflicts of interest in supporting the grade reduction.
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By Cindy Frazier | January 9, 2009
Imagine you’re a small business going along, minding your own business, trying to stay afloat in a rotten economy, when a federal lawsuit suddenly lands on your doorstep. Not a pleasant thought. Actually, it’s a very scary thought. And the worst of it is, the lawsuit’s accusations happen to be true. You have been busted by a self-appointed, private enforcer of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, not only will you have to make expensive modifications to your property, to which you thought the ADA did not apply, but you’ll have to pay at least $1,000 to the attorney who filed the suit.
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By Josh Aden | October 4, 2007
Oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to force the closure of the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center were set for Nov. 16 on Oct. 1, during the first hearing held in the year-old case. Plaintiffs Eileen Garcia and husband George Riviere, of Laguna Beach, were in the Orange County Superior Court at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to witness their suit’s first hearing before Judge Gregory Munoz. Attorneys on both sides requested the Nov. 16 date to argue the case and also agreed to prepare a list of stipulated — or agreed-upon — facts to expedite the legal process.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 23, 2009
Six neighbors of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach are asking for $15 million in damages to compensate them for longtime activities they claim jeopardize their health and property values. Will H. Gardenswartz, L. Reuben Gibney, Tawny Escobar, Judy Metez, Mike Blanchard and Anthony Sarris filed the complaint Oct. 9 against Mission and its parent St. Joseph Health System and as many as 50 unnamed defendants. The plaintiffs are seeking damages and injunctive relieve on their behalf and on the behalf of other residents living within a 1,500-foot radius of the hospital, which Mission acquired about three months ago. “No one in this lawsuit is opposed to a hospital,” Gardenswartz said.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 4, 2009
A federal judge Friday denied a request by anti-abortion plaintiffs to require the city to allow the use of an amplified bullhorn at times and places that violated local law to ?communicate the Gospel and a pro-life message.? The preliminary injunction requested by plaintiffs Steven Klein, Howard Putnam and Glen Biondi would have prevented the city from enforcing its noise ordinance. The ordinance bans the use of amplified sound equipment within 100 yards of schools, hospitals, churches, courthouses and City Hall when the facilities are in use, and for 30 minutes before and after use. ?
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By Cindy Frazier | October 5, 2006
Two Laguna Beach residents have launched a lawsuit against the City of Laguna Beach seeking to shut down the Day Labor Center on Laguna Canyon Road. Eileen Garcia and George Riviere have campaigned for about a year against the center, which they criticize as allegedly serving illegal immigrants. Judicial Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative group, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Santa Ana Superior Court on behalf of the couple, seeking to halt all taxpayer funding of the center.
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