May 30, 2018: On behalf of Terrie Best, Briggs Law Corporation has filed a public-records lawsuit against the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, the County of San Diego, and Bonnie Dumanis. The DA’s Office is accused of failing to turn over public records maintained by the former District Attorney in personal accounts and/or on personal devices.
Co-counseling on the lawsuit is attorney Abenicio Cisneros.
You can read the lawsuit here: Complaint.
May 25, 2018: On behalf of National City resident Andrew McKercher, Briggs Law Corporation has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against National City mayor Ron Morrison. Morrison is accused of blocking McKercher’s access to Morrison’s Facebook website, which is used by Morrison to conduct the public’s business. McKercher has criticized Morrison’s performance as mayor.
You can read the lawsuit here: Complaint Against Mayor Ron Morrison.
Last July my client, Christopher Williams, was invited to a meeting with Lemon Grove City Councilman David Arambula, at Mr. Arambula’s residence, to discuss the status of my client’s application for a marijuana-dispensary permit. Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez showed up at the residence after my client did. During the meeting, Mr. Arambula was drinking – at one point he even began skinny-dipping in his pool – and there was no discussion of my client’s application. The Mayor eventually left, and my client decided to do the same. (While I have seen the video of Mr. Arambula skinny-dipping, I have not yet been able to secure a copy of the video.)
While my client was inside the residence waiting for his ride, he was severely beaten and could have been killed. Mr. Arambula snuck up behind my client, hit him in the head with a bottle, and then proceeded to kick, punch, bite, and choke him. My client suffered serious injuries and had to be treated at a nearby hospital. Though a police report was filed, my client did not immediately press charges due to fear of retaliation by Mr. Arambula and his past reports of violent behavior.
The City has declined my client’s request to be made whole. So next month my client will be filing a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Mr. Arambula and the City. In addition, my client and I will be requesting a meeting with the Interim District Attorney. Until then, neither my client nor I will have any further comment on the matter.
May 24, 2018 Update: Defendants O’Connor-Ratcliff and Zane filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and a motion for sanctions against the Garniers and their attorneys. Today a federal judge denied both requests, concluding that the Garniers’ complaint appears to have merit and may proceed toward trial.
Read the judge’s ruling here: Order_Denying_Dismissal-Sanctions.
October 30, 2017: Kimberly and Christopher Garnier, frequent critics of Poway Unified School District and several of its board members, filed a lawsuit today in federal court against the District, board president Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff, and board member T.J. Zane. The defendants have blocked the Garniers from commenting on their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts in retaliation for their negative criticism of the defendants.
You can read the lawsuit here: Complaint.
Yesterday community activist Marcus Bush sued Lemon Grove City Councilmember Jerry Jones and City Manager Lydia Romero for abusing their power as public officials when they retaliated against Marcus after he criticized Jones’s “racist tendencies” on Facebook. Jones and Romero have been sued in their private capacities, not as public officials, which means their wrongdoing may not be subsidized by the taxpayers of Lemon Grove.
Read the press release here: Press_Release_2017-10-04.
Read the lawsuit here: 1_Complaint_FINAL ALL.
On July 17, 2017, the Del Mar Alliance for the Preservation of Beach Access and Village sued the City of Del Mar for its failure to disclose public records concerning short-term rentals. The City has been actively working to ban STRs, but the City has been unable to turn over a single responsive public record after more than two months.
You can read the lawsuit here: 1_Petition for Writ of Mandate and Verified Complaint.