City of Los Angeles Ordered to Produce Documents, Promises to Pay Costs Incurred Due to Their Delays; Historic Core BID Documents Available

One of those hammers they seem to have in a lot of courtrooms.
One of those hammers they seem to have in a lot of courtrooms.
One week ago, on Friday, January 29, there was a telephonic conference before Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew Wistrich, who’s handling what’s turned out to be a grueling discovery process in the LA Community Action Network and LA Catholic Worker lawsuit against the City of LA and the Central City East Association concerning the illegal confiscation of the property of homeless people. The minutes and associated order just showed up in the Court’s RSS feed this afternoon, and you can grab a copy here. It sounds like a hot time was had by all, and the upshot is that:

Counsel for the City represented that the City will complete the LAPD production described during the telephonic conference by February 1, 2016 and the production of other agencies within 14 days. The City is directed to perform those promises. If it is necessary for plaintiffs to retake depositions because of delay or inadequacy in the City’s production of documents, the City will be responsible for all associated reasonable costs and attorneys fees. Counsel for the City assured the Court that the City would cooperate with any efforts by plaintiffs to seek adjustments to the case schedule to mitigate prejudice to plaintiffs resulting from delay or inadequacy in the City’s document production.

There’s no mention of the CCEA, so I suppose that either they’re complying with discovery finally or else they’re failing to comply so badly that it couldn’t be dealt with at this conference.

Read on for absolutely unrelated information about documents from Historic Core BID that just arrived today.

The Art Walk evidently bestows the literal power of flight upon its devotees, a hitherto unsuspected fact which does not seem to appear in the minutes of the Historic Core BID.
The Art Walk evidently bestows the literal power of flight upon its devotees, a hitherto unsuspected fact which does not seem to appear in the minutes of the Historic Core BID.
Recently I got a bunch of material from the Fashion District BID (as much of it as I’ve published is available here) and, even though I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, it turned out to be immensely useful in tracking a number of things, not least of which was the dastardly (and possibly illegal, more on that as it ripens) Central City Association plan to squoosh legalized street vending, so I decided to get at least minutes and agendas from as many BIDs as possible. They all talk to one another and sometimes those communications show up in the minutes. So anyway, here are eight years worth of HCBID minutes. If you’re interested in Downtown LA you will be interested in this. They cover many issues, and there are even minutes of Art Walk related committees, a subject I know at least some of our readers are quite passionate about. For now I mostly have these for my own research and won’t be writing on them, but if you find anything interesting please let me know.


Image of gavel is in the public domain according to its page on Flickr. Image of guy flying at the Art Walk in 2011 is released under a free-enough license and came to us via Flickr.

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2 thoughts on “City of Los Angeles Ordered to Produce Documents, Promises to Pay Costs Incurred Due to Their Delays; Historic Core BID Documents Available”

  1. Thanks for pulling the Downtown Art Walk documents, particularly these minutes: http://michaelkohlhaas.org/BID.documents/HCBID/Minutes/2010%20minutes/Art%20Walk%20Operations/Minutes_Art%20Walk_2010_08_03.pdf

    It’s sad, but illuminating, to see how the organization had completely fallen apart soon after the board coup that stripped my husband Richard Schave and me of our volunteer management of the event.

    The month after the “extremely difficult conversation” about lack of follow through cited in these minutes, Art Walk Executive Director Jay Lopez and newly-departed board member Bert Green announced the unauthorized cancellation of the monthly Art Walk, a second coup that failed. I’d always wondered what triggered that action.

    1. Thanks for the Art Walk history info, and for your support. I’m glad you found those documents useful. Let me know if there’s other stuff you might like and I’ll be happy to put it on my request list.

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