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Judge: San Juan Capistrano Owes $237,242 in Attorney Fees

The money represents what citizens group Capistrano Taxpayers Association is due for bringing a lawsuit over the way the city bills for water.

A judge ruled the city of San Juan Capistrano must pay the attorneys of a citizens group that successfully sued it $237,242
A judge ruled the city of San Juan Capistrano must pay the attorneys of a citizens group that successfully sued it $237,242

An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of San Juan Capistrano to pay attorneys for the Capistrano Taxpayers Association $237,242.

The citizen group sued and last year won a lawsuit that asserted the city’s water rates violate the California Constitution by not tying fees to actual costs of delivering the water. The City Council decided in September to appeal the case.

Nevertheless, Judge Franz E. Miller issued the ruling  Tuesday that orders the city to pay CTA’s attorneys’ fees and even adjusted it upward by $17,000 over a tentative ruling which came out last week, Tuesday.

“We’re pleased with the judge’s decision and thought it was fair,” said Mike Hensley, co-counsel representing the Capistrano Taxpayers Association.

Meanwhile, the appeal process continues. Hensley expects a hearing, often called “oral arguments,” before a three-judge panel later this year.

RWO February 19, 2014 at 05:07 PM
I get it ,move to san Juan capistrano,,and sue and split the money after all said and done,,than you will all most likely move to another town,and be a transplant there,,,what a racket , Now enjoy your glass of Water..
Gus Gunderson February 19, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Allevato has been here the entire time. He voted to fight the lawsuit every time. Wait until the attorney fees hit for the class action lawsuit. That will par ably be another 5 million. Who voted to fight this all the way? Sam Allevato
Gus Gunderson February 19, 2014 at 07:11 PM
There is just one person to blame, Sam Allevato.
Donna Fleming February 19, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Dusty....Racket is the right word. But you are not gettin who the bad guy is. Contractors contribute to "we love you Sam" fund. Sam and posse approve contracts, and building permits. It used to be called protection rackets in the Chicago Maffia days. It is called quid pro quo.
Sunshine February 21, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Gus needed to mention that Sam's buddies, councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor, always vote with Sam. They are also to blame for the egregious decisions made and bills racked up since they were elected four years ago. Thank goodness Derek Reeve and Roy Byrnes vote with the best interests of the residents of SJC in mind. Whereas, Sam, Larry, and John vote with the goal of paying back the contributions aka investments the unions, lobbyists, car dealerships, developers, contractors, and politicians have made to their elections.

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