SLO agrees to pay homeless attorney fees
March 6, 2013
Councilman Dan Carpenter wanted to appeal San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall’s $133,880 fee judgment. In the end, the city council directed the city manager to pay the judgment plus daily interest.
In January, the council voted 4-1 not to appeal Crandall’s ruling on the legal fees and to instead offer the amount in full to attorneys Saro Rizzo and Stew Jenkins as long as they agree to then hand half over to San Luis Obispo Community Action Partnership. Jenkins and Rizzo rejected that offer and said they are pleased the council has elected not to appeal.
“We are glad that the majority of council members saw the wisdom in resolving the matter without expending further tax payer money on litigation,” Jenkins said. “Naturally, we hope that the city will find more reasonable ways to free churches, synagogues, Islamic centers, businesses and individuals to directly help people who have no place to live.”