448 Sausalito Blvd, Sausalito, CA
How it ended
The main purpose of the HAA is to prevent cities from denying housing where it is allowed under the city’s own rules. It may seem obvious that if housing is “allowed” to be developed on a property, cities should not deny it. Unfortunately California cities routinely deny housing in these circumstances for no good reason. In Sausalito, the City Council denied a single-family home development simply because it was “out of scale” with the surrounding community of other single-family homes. CaRLA sued Sausalito under the HAA to make sure they follow their own rules on housing. Realizing that they had little or no legal case, the city settled and agreed to rehear the project, and they approved it on rehearing.
Status: Settled out of court
Rather than fight an unwinnable lawsuit, the City of Sausalito agreed to allow the project to proceed.
Documents in this case
|2017-10-13 03:52||CaRLA||Our lawyer’s letter to Sausalito||
We submitted a lawyer to Sausalito outlining just how likely we are to win if we go to court. This gives them an opportunity to rescind the denial and make amends before the gloves come off.
|2017-11-02 03:55||Marin County Superior Court||Summons for The City of Sausalito||
Even cities need served are entitled to due process with a legal notice they are being sued.
|2018-04-20 04:03||CaRLA||Request for Dismissal||
After a settlement agreement has been reached, the lawsuit is dismissed.
|2017-11-02 03:59||CaRLA||Petition for Writ of Administrative Mandate||
This petition is where the lawsuit really starts. It outlines what happened, who got (legally) harmed, and what relief is due.
|2017-11-02 03:57||CaRLA||Civil Case Cover Sheet||
When filing a civil lawsuit, such as in enforcement of the Housing Accountability Act, this form is one of the first steps. It tells the court what kind of lawsuit you’re filing.