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Sanitary district settles lawsuit for $1.4 million

Original post made on Jan 17, 2012

The two-year dispute is over between water quality watchdog San Francisco Baykeeper and the West Bay Sanitary District, with the district agreeing to pay $1.4 million in attorney's fees to Baykeeper, the district's attorney said in a telephone interview.

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Posted by w patterson
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I am sadden the district had to settle with the law firm. An expeditious solution, but hardly justice. So who gets the money?
Please explain so I understand the motivation behind the litigation.
Public good or filling the pockets of the attorney. They are exclusive of one or the other.
Taxes pay for the settlement of this questionalble litigation when one could have explain the outcomes and resolved them without damages.

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Posted by ItWorked
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

Watchdog groups like Baykeeper are trying to protect our environment from abuses, in this case, abuses caused by a public agency not doing their job correctly. Sewage spills into the Bay are something to be avoided at all costs.

The lawsuit did it work. After being sued, the powers at WBSD concentrated their efforts and had NO SPILLS in 2011. YEA!

Maybe if a watchdog group, particularly the PUC, had done their job better, we would not have had that tragic loss of life and property in San Bruno caused by PG&E's illegal shortcuts!

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Posted by No Spills Ha
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Are you serious ItWorked, who says the District had no spills in 2011. Do you work for them? Then you probably don't know. One thing that is certain if you do the math with the final numbers 99% of that $1.4 went to attorneys not towards correcting the problem. Which is crumbling infrastructure that needs constant updating. The District does a pretty bang up job from what I hear from residence. At least from what I understand they report all their spills unlike other municipalities and other Districts. They are not at all like PG&E. Before you open your mouth or put fingers to keyboards you should do some research.

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