City loses $36M lawsuit
A federal judge issued a $36.7 million judgment against Half Moon Bay the week of Nov. 30, 2007 in a land deal dating back to the 1970s, forcing city officials into a special meeting that week to discuss the potentially crippling ruling.
Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern California District of California ruled in favor of the property owner Joyce Yamagiwa and issued the maximum penalty against Half Moon Bay. The lawsuit was the latest in the long history of legal action involving the 24-acre Beachwood property, which resides east of Highway 1 between Terrace Avenue and Grand Terrace.
The judgment for $36,795,000 represented the 2006 assessed value of the property, which the city will ultimately own once it completes payment.
Mistrial in 18-year-old
Daly City murder case
A witness in the murder trial of Mohammed Monie, accused of prompting a teenage boy to kill a a 25-year-old Daly City man for his car parts nearly two decades prior, caused a mistrial while testifying the week of Nov. 30, 2007 by referring to the defendant’s criminal record.
The unexpected wrinkle brought the trial to a halt less than two days after it began, leading Judge Stephen Hall to declare a mistrial and dismiss the jury at the request of defense attorney Connie O’Brien.
The prosecution objected to the move, arguing an admonition to the jury would be sufficient but Hall disagreed, said prosecutor Al Giannini.
United dinged for haz-mat violation
Holding hazardous waste at San Francisco International Airport without a proper permit was among the violations for which United Airlines is being fined more than $80,000, the California Department of Toxic Substances announced the week of Nov. 30, 2007.
The DTSE announced that week an $85,000 consent order with United Airlines for hazardous waste violations discovered at its SFO Maintenance Operations Center during a routine inspection in October 2006. Under the terms of the order, United Airlines was to pay an $81,300 penalty and a $3,700 reimbursement of DTSC administrative costs.
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