Solution to Drainage Lawsuit about to be Filed
Original post made by Candle Lighter, Atherton: West Atherton, on Nov 1, 2009
Anyone remodeling their home must install an approximately $100K drainage system, indemnify Atherton for any lawsuits, allow Atherton employees to enter their home at any time to inspect, and agree to modify the system (at the homeowner's expense) any time Atherton decides the specifications should change.
I understand this issue is probably heading toward litigation very soon. Now that the parcel tax election is on Tuesday, Atherton should show a different attitude in dealing with residents' problems.
Judge Peter Stone used to be the chief judge of the Santa Clara courthouse in San Jose. He is now a mediator and arbitrator for the AAA (American Arbitration Association). He helped me settle several disputes in my business that avoided litigation. There are others, of course.
My suggestion: the Town of Atherton should invite this resident to attend a day-long mediation with someone like Judge Peter Stone, and pay for it. They should send a council member with full authority to rewrite the policy on the spot.
Let's avoid a lawsuit this time. I agree, attorney's won't make much money on this one, but it's the right thing to do.