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What will Golden Hill and South Park residents do with all their extra time, now that the fight over the Greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District is over?

They will finally be able to answer that question on Tuesday when city councilmembers are expected to rescind the resolution that created their maintenance assessment district, delivering the final blow in what has been a long, hard battle.

The council hearing comes after years of community meetings that at times had the community divided. It comes after a five-year long court battle which resulted in a Superior Court Judge ruling in their favor, and after numerous, numerous...and numerous articles.

And while they won't have to invest any more time fighting the legality of the maintenance assessment district, they will undoubtedly have to devote quite a bit of time finding out just how and when the City plans to refund them for the five-years worth of assessments they paid.


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BlueSouthPark April 6, 2012 @ 1:44 p.m.

What really pleases me is the official executive summary for this item in the City's docketed agenda. It states:

DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY OF ITEM: "On July 30, 2007, the City Council adopted and approved Resolution No. R-302887 forming the Greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District (GGHMAD) and authorized the levy of special GGHMAD assessments. On September 22, 2011, the Court of Appeal for the State of California, Fourth Appellate District Division One (Fourth District) found the formation of the GGHMAD was invalid under article XIIID of the constitution of the State of California."

Councilmembers, take note. You were presented, on and before July 30 2007, with all of the information you or any half-literate person needed to know that you were approving something that was unconstitutional. We begged, pleaded, wrote letters, and beseeched you to read the law and look at the evidence.

Why did you go ahead and do it anyway? You closed your eyes. You shut us out. You insulted and dismissed us.

So, now that the trouble you caused has been resolved, do us a favor: When you vote to rescind this, PLEASE spare us the drama and don't wring your hands and lament how tragic it is.

You are the tragedy. You entice the populus to accept dishonest, corrupt government. How do you sleep at night?


nostalgic April 6, 2012 @ 6:23 p.m.

The people who worked to see the GGH Mad invalidated aren't jubliant - they are sad. The people who had to take the city to court to see that the law is followed have learned a distrust of the city and their community activist enablers that can never be overcome.

To the city: we don't trust you any more about anything. We don't trust you to do what is right. We don't trust you not to lie to us. We don't even trust you to do what the court compels you to do. You will try to get around it. It isn't a victory because the city learned nothing from it.


madhatter April 7, 2012 @ 9:53 a.m.

I don't think the community has been divided by what a bunch of opportunists have done to our community since 2007. And, yes, it's funny. In the last meeting we had with these GGHMAD opportunists (when it was dissolved) some of the speakers began talking about "healing." Healing for what? What we wanted was to stop these people from taking our money illegally and without any accountability whatsoever. Period. I still remember "that " meeting (in 2007) with council members at Brooklyn School with Mr. Hueso presiding (Ms. Atkins was conspicuously absent) and we, the residents of this community, trying to speak and being totally dismissed, even threatened by the body language and attitudes of some people standing around us that I suppose were the hired guns working for MAD.

We don't want "healing": we want to be respected and we want that a corporation never again take our money illegally to be used at their whim. That's all.

Again, thank you Mr. Hargrove for keeping us posted.


sswvjt April 7, 2012 @ 5:08 p.m.

Right on, nostalgic and madhatter! I have zero trust for the City, as they have proven themselves once again to be bought and paid for. Shysters one and all! Anyone who dares pose reasonable questions is dismissed and told to run along and play. Does anyone remember the commercial "it's my money and I want it NOW!"


goldenhillhomeowner April 8, 2012 @ 10:22 a.m.

City Councilman Todd Gloria has gone to great efforts to erase the advantage he has of being able to say he wasn't in office when the Greater Golden Hill maintenance assessment district was created in 2007 and therefore he isn't to blame for it. In fact, Councilman Gloria has been appearing at public meetings in Golden Hill urging residents to re-establish another maintenance assessment district, even as residents are starting to recover from the maintenance assessment district they just got rid of. Is Councilman Gloria not listening? Is he just not getting it?


MadAsHell April 8, 2012 @ 1:48 p.m.

Instead of being relieved that this long, unnecessary battle with The City is over, my fear is that they will try to sock it to us again. That's what Mr. Gloria hopes to do. PLEASE leave us alone and limit yourselves to legally-assessed taxes.


dchand April 8, 2012 @ 10:38 p.m.

I have two properties in Golden Hill. I did not pay attention to the charges on my tax bill. I knew they were high, but I felt nothing could be done. They riped me off for around $3,000.00 a year. I got absolutely nothing in return. That is theft and they had to have some idea that it was. They should be tried for theft and at least get probation or some short time in Jail. Then they will think twice before they try something like that again. Just because they work for the city or county does not give them the right to steal (and that is what they did--back room politics). If they did not know what they were doing, they should have gotten some legal opinions. Let them pay some legal fees and sweat it out. I was born in 1927 and boss politics was too common. The Daley machine in Illinois (last Daley is through [thank God]). The boss Hague Machine in New Jersey. Pendergrass machine in Missouri. Illinois is still a problem. Ripping people off by the city or county is theft.


concerned April 9, 2012 @ 8:06 p.m.

I am in agreement the those writers before me. There is no joy in finding out that your City's officials knowingly made huge, illegal errors in the hopes that no one would notice. This lawsuit was a necessary, painful burden that our community was forced to undertake in order to correct an avoidable situation created by a few power-hungry and greedy individuals.


GHH April 10, 2012 @ 5:25 p.m.

I'd like to know who, in the City Council, was in bed with whom, in the CDC, to cook up this crony corruption. They should all go to prison!


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