March 11, 2013

A Look at Attorney’s Charges Against LAFCO

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 4:53 pm

Fall River attorney Jim Reed (pictured right), who practices general law, in the Valley and the Bay Area, told the Shasta Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) that they had two months to straighten up their act and start doing Municipal Service Reviews (MSR) and Sphere of Influence (SOI) studies they were mandated to do every five years by law. He said his decision to sue or not to sue would be based on whether or not significant progress was made in those areas.
According to LAFCO Executive Officer Amy Mickelson, of the 35 agencies they work on, 17 are exempt by the board’s current policy and the remaining 18 are in various stages of the review process. When asked in a Mountain Echo interview who retained him, initially Reed declined to say, then when told that Terry Briggs, husband of Fall River Valley Community Service District board member Barbara Briggs, told that board he had retained an attorney to sue LAFCO, Reed said it was no secret that Terry Briggs was one of the individuals who was retaining him. He emphasized that it was not the CSD, but by individuals.
He told LAFCO, the Redding Record Searchlight and Mountain Echo that he was representing 56 special district and the three cities in Shasta County. When told of at least two districts who hadn’t heard anything about the suit and hadn’t voted to be a part, he said that he would be contacting them within the two months he had allowed before filing the suit.
He also said this was the type of suit authorized by the California Government Code where the judge didn’t have to consider winner or loser, but could order that the government agency being sued, in this case LAFCO, to pay the attorney fees and court costs.

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