Elk Grove will fight fair housing lawsuit filed by State of California, Attorney General Rob Bonta

In a terse statement at the start of Wednesday, May 10, 2023, Elk Grove City Council meeting, it was announced the city would defend itself against a lawsuit filed by the State of California and California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen announced the decision as the council reconvened their meeting after a closed session. Singh-Allen said the five-member body unanimously directed city attorney Jonathan Hobbs to defend the lawsuit alleging the city violated fair housing laws with discriminatory intent with their July 2022 denial of the Oak Rose affordable housing project. 

Singh-Allen provided no further comment, and Hobbs did not speak on the matter. Although the city has a legal department with four attorneys, they generally do not litigate. 

Instead, large complex cases have been handled by the Sacramento-based law firm of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. Hobbs was an equity partner at Kronick before becoming city attorney.

There has been no disclosure of who will litigate for the city. 

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

If the City prevails, Hobbs will be hoisted upon the shoulders of BSA and they will flood the airwaves with press releases and selfies. If the City loses, they will tell the Old Town NIMBYs that the State forced them to let Oak Rose in.

We may never know whether the City Attorney gave the proper advice to begin with and was ignored, but if BSA and her court feel embarrassed enough, a head may roll down Scapegoat Lane. Either way, Kronick Moscovitz wins and smiles all the way to the bank.

Eye on Elk Grove said...

So more Rivians and Teslas for the attorneys at Kronick Moscovitz courtesy of the Elk Grove taxpayers? And for the record, why won't Jon Hobbs answer the question if he has a deferred comp account with his old firm, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard?

As one attorney told me regarding his law firm, billable hours today fund his deferred comp account even though he retired as a partner. Could it be the same for Hobbs if he, in fact, has a deferred comp account with his old law firm? Simple question, Jon? Yes or No?

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