Willie Brown Bridge: Lawsuit Imminent
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Now, apparently, comes the inevitable lawsuit.
Longtime city good government and disability rights activist Bob Planthold says that, come tomorrow, attorneys Whitney Leigh and Lee Hepner will file his suit in San Francisco Superior Court "opposing the violations of process and rules" by State Senate Majority Leader Darryl Steinberg and Sen. Mark Deasulnier, the chair of the senate's Transportation and Housing Committee.
"It's clear that the legislators didn't want to listen to the public by their suspending the rules and slipping this through," says Planthold. "The public interest wasn't as important as ingratiating themselves with one of their own. They could only do this by suspending the rules."
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"This is really gonna happen," says Hepner, who anticipates filing Thursday morning.
Planthold's pending suit also takes issue with the fast-tracking of ACR-65 even though "this matter was not urgent."
Gov. Jerry Brown has inveighed against renaming the bridge -- though the move does not need his approval to come about. On the other hand, since ACR-65 is merely a resolution urging the name-change -- and is non-binding -- it may well simply exist on paper, and never upon the Bay Bridge in question.
Planthold is planning a 2 p.m. press conference Thursday at the law firm's 744 Montgomery Street office.