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March 27, 2005
San Jose also seeks public records
March 27, 2005
It's always interesting when an attorney complains of legal harassment. That's what Santa Clara County's top lawyer, Ann Ravel, says San Jose is committing as the city presses ahead with its lawsuit to block the county's fairgrounds theater project.
Ravel says the city's latest request for information -- down to the driver's license -- about every county official who years ago helped negotiate a land-use policy now at the heart of the theater dispute is just a naked attempt to bury her office in busywork.
``It's apparent to me that this is solely for the purpose of harassment,'' Ravel said. ``They are abusing the process of the court.''
San Jose, which fears the fairgrounds theater will hurt chances for a downtown music venue, claims a 1983 land-use agreement revised in 1993 and 2001 required Santa Clara County to get the city's OK on the project.
Ravel says the city's request is a waste of government time and taxpayer resources because the city has its own records of the joint meetings on the land-use policy. And the dispute is more over the nature of the fairgrounds theater project than the intent of the land-use agreement, she said.
``The city was a participant in all those conversations,'' Ravel said. ``Every meeting involved city staff and county staff. They're asking us to get an enormous amount of information they already have. And not only that, they don't really need it.''
San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle said he was ``dumbfounded'' by Ravel's complaint, and that the county has made similar requests.
``We're trying to get to the intent around this provision, which is the heart of this case,'' Doyle said. ``There's nothing vexatious or abusive.''
No trial date has been set, but the feuding lawyers are scheduled to appear before a mediator April 26 to try to settle the case. Interestingly, some players in this drama have swapped sides. Doyle notes that Ron Gonzales signed the policy's 1993 revision as county board chairman and its 2001 version as San Jose mayor. Jim Beall signed the 1993 version as a San Jose councilman and the 2001 revision as a county supervisor.
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