We're going to argue how Fish and Wildlfe and the BLM have failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act to protect endangered species in the Soledad Canyon area and (that they have committed) various violations of the (Act),'' said Geralyn Skapik, an attorney for Burke, Williams
and Sorensen LLP.
The bond committee's legal counsel, Joseph Buchman, an attorney with Los Angeles-based Burke, Williams
and Sorensen, said he hasn't reviewed the investigation, but did not think there were any criminal violations of the law.
City Attorney Carl Newton, of the firm Burke, Williams
and Sorenson, described the settlement as a compromise that avoided a potentially costly trial before a jury.
Six property owners avoided the condemnation proceeding, by accepting the city's offers for their land last summer, and one owner of a small sliver of condemned land later accepted the city's $650 settlement offer, said City Attorney Brian Pierik, of the firm Burke, Williams
20, said city attorney Tim Davis of the law firm of Burke, Williams