Santa Ana Loses Ruling On Handicap Parking Spaces & Settles Federal Lawsuit

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The Center For Disability Access
has helped a handicapped woman win an undisclosed settlement from the City of Santa Ana for designing discriminatory vehicle parking spaces in the downtown area near a series of federal, state and local government buildings. 

Roberta Rogers--who has multiple sclerosis and paralysis in her legs, and must use a scooter for mobility--complained to city officials in May 2011 about deficient parking spaces along North Ross Street between Santa Ana Boulevard and Civic Center Drive. 

The problem was corrected seven months later, or about a month before Rogers and lawyers for San Diego-based disability access group filed a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the American's With Disabilities Act and the California Disabled Persons Act.

Lawyers for Santa Ana asked U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna to toss out the lawsuit because city employees had corrected the access problem prior to the filing. 

In a November ruling, Selna refused to give the city summary judgment after determining that Rogers was entitled by law to relief because she'd been victimized by the noncompliant parking spaces prior to the corrections, according to court records. 

This month, in the wake of Selna's ruling, the city agreed to settle the case.

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n2bigmuscle topcommenter

I wonder if those "lawyers for San Diego-based disability access group" was the same group of attorneys that tried to sue Granny's Deli accross the street from City Hall?  Beacuse if it is, then most likely Ms. Rogers was a plant.  Granny's Deli had an OC attonery step-forward and repsented them pro-bona.  The SD attorney lost and it came out that the plantiff, did not even step foot in the deli, just drove by and assumed they were not ADA compliant.  You sue to get it fixed not to make money on it, right?? 


@n2bigmuscle I couldn't agree with you more.  I was disgusted when I found this article (amongst other related documents on similar issues) while doing so poking around as I suspect that my Mother (yes Ms. Rogers is my Mom) wasn't being honest.  I couldn't agree with you more about bringing up issues such as this one to resolve the problem and that is it, end of story.  But to feel a sense of entitlement to receive punitive damages is wrong when at best, she might have had to drive around the block to find a parking space.  I plan on showing her this article, she needs to know what others really think of her for want she is doing.  And the funniest thing is, her brother did this sort of thing regularly, almost like a second source of income.  That behavior infuriated me and my Mother would constantly scold him on all the BS law suits he was filing.  Tying up the legal system and costing us taxpayers a lot of money.  I guess hypocracy only applies to some people!

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