CORNERSTONE LEGAL BATTLE: MARCH 2019 UPDATE
Save The Agoura Cornell Knoll (STACK) & California Native Plant Society (CNPS) vs. The City of Agoura Hills and Cornerstone developer Gelfandhttps://www.facebook.com/SaveTheAgouraCornellKnoll
Hi Everyone, it has been quite some time since we sent an update - things are happening so it’s time to get the word out. Thanks for your prior donations….Recap
: Mid 2018 we (you, me, STACK, California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the people of Agoura Hills, donors, etc) won a significant lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Cornerstone developer Gelfand and The City of Agoura Hills. The Judge found both the developer and the City were in violation of many California and Agoura Hills laws and ordinances and set aside all the approvals granted by the City of Agoura Hills. A REALLY BIG WIN FOR US. STACK literally won on 9 of 10 issues in the case!Fast forward to March 2019…. The Developer (Gelfand) has gone it alone in filing an appeal.
The developer’s Attorney, Fred Gaines (and his firm), Mayor of Calabasas, has filed many meaningless motions in court over the past 6+ months, delaying and costing us (all of us) additional court costs, not to mention, we now have to mount a legal battle to defend the prior victory.What does this mean? STACK needs to raise about $20K dollars over the next month!
This is somewhat of an emergency. We spent well in excess of that winning the initial case. Gelfand and Gaines have literally pulled out all the stops in this appeal and we will be ready for them in court…. But we need to pay for it.
Our very capable legal team at Advocates for the Environment will mount the appeal as they did the original lawsuit, with facts and knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
While there is no predicting a Court ruling, we feel confident in our legal position based on the scale of our earlier victory. We just need to pay for it.
We are grateful for your support.
Save The Agoura Cornell Knoll