In its second lawsuit over a proposed formula retail pharmacy on Castro Street, AHF is ‘mistaken that the U.S. Constitution allows it to put chain stores wherever it wants’
A controversial advocacy group that Newsweek magazine described as “extremely litigious” has sued San Francisco in federal court again, alleging that city officials violated the organization’s constitutional rights by disapproving its conditional use request for a formula retail pharmacy. The lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the second such action involving its proposed establishment at 518 Castro Street.
But the AHF complaint—which seeks $500,000 in damages from city taxpayers, plus attorneys’ fees—missed the 90-day deadline for such actions by one day (apparently neglecting to count 2016’s quadrennial “Leap Day” on Feb. 29).
In response, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said: “Because AHF’s new lawsuit is time-barred, we won’t need to address its utter lack of merit and other procedural infirmities. As with its prior suit, however, AHF is mistaken that the U.S. Constitution allows it to put chain stores wherever it wants. Courts have long recognized local governments’ broad authority to regulate land uses in myriad ways, and San Francisco is no exception.” [Read more]
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is defending San Francisco in civil litigation that seeks to invalidate a series of approvals and permits authorizing the Golden State Warriors event center and mixed-use development project in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
City Attorney Herrera is investigating whether Trinity Place violated its development agreement—and state and local law—by leasing at least 16 rent-controlled dwellings as tourist accommodations, which were apparently marketed as “The SOMA Suites Hotel.”
City Attorney Herrera has filed suit against an alleged graffiti vandal whose lawless spree caused more than $88,000 in damage to public property. Herrera’s motion for preliminary injunction against Cozy Terry will be heard in San Francisco Superior Court on Sept. 30.
City Attorney Herrera has sued San Francisco landlord Anne Kihagi over unlawful business practices that include waging “a war of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation” to force tenants from their rent-controlled homes. Once vacated, Kihagi re-rents the units at higher market rates.
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