Judge Picquet retires
December 12, 2009
San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Roger Picquet announced plans to retire from the bench, effective next Tuesday, just four months after his decision to overturn a ballot initiative was thrown out by the court of appeals. [Tribune]
Picquet’s 2008 ruling overturned a 2006 San Luis Obispo County ballot initiative that allowed Ernie Dalidio to incorporate a business, retail and residential development on his 131-acre site that runs along the west side of U.S. Highway 101 between Los Osos Valley and Madonna Roads. Voters had approved the project by a 65-35 percent margin.
The appellate court judges voted unanimously that Picquet’s reasons for his ruling were incorrect or “without merit.”
Picquet, 62, is retiring after serving on the bench for 16 years.