Pismo Beach reject LAFCO’s request for money
September 17, 2012
The suit contends members of the board abused their authority in order to promote their own political careers. [Tribune]
While the city is not taking a stand on the lawsuit, city officials said they are not bound by an earlier agreement to cover litigation costs because the lawsuit alleges that the LAFCO board “acted intentionally and willfully to harm” the developer of a project known as Los Robles del Mar.
In March, LAFCO members voted 5-2 to deny developer Larry Persons’ request to annex a 182-acre proposed development into Pismo Beach primarily because of an alleged lack of water to support the project
The lawsuit claims that LAFCO board members Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson are close friends and “improperly conspired together to deny the annexation in order to further their own political careers in an election year.”
The suit also alleges LAFCO board members made differing statements on the reliability of state water for Parsons’ proposed annexation and the pipeline project in Nipomo.
The LAFCO board and its attorneys have denied the allegations.
A hearing to determine if LAFCO’s decision to deny Parson’s proposed project should be overturned is set for Nov. 29 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.