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City Council to Consider Proposed Settlement in $106 Million Gold Line Lawsuit

The city of Monrovia and a local developer are in talks to settle a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against the city.

Monrovia's city manager will present a proposed settlement to the City Council next week that could end a $106 million lawsuit filed against the city by a local developer.

Samuelson & Fetter sued Monrovia in August and alleged that the city breached an agreement relating to the Station Square Transit Village development being built in anticipation of the coming Gold Line Foothill Extension. The city countered that the developer was if fact in violation of the contract and Councilman Joe Garcia warned the suit "would destroy the community that [Samuelson & Fetter] helped create."

A City Council agenda report prepared by City Manager Laurie Lile refers vaguely to a proposed settlement in the works for the lawsuit and two others brought against the city. The report does not directly recommend that the council accept the proposed terms, and the terms are not disclosed.

"Staff recommends the Council consider the terms of the settlement agreement
and based on the terms, consider each option," Lile wrote.

A court date has been set for Feb. 19 to discuss the agreement, according to the report.

The report also refers to possible settlements in two lawsuits filed by the Gold Line Construction Authority against the city's now-defunct redevelopment agency.

Patch will continue to follow this breaking story.

Gordon Bachlund February 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
The developer seems to be biting the hand that feeds him. If this is so he should be prohibited from further work for the city.
Dan Crandell February 01, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Cyrus to told me to expect this. Seems Mayor Lutz is indeed self-serving, Do you think she just forgot to mention this during her back patting state of the city address. The hits just keep coming.
Anonymous February 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Like I said before, someone definitely needs to be fired!!!! This is totally unacceptable. We need someone to be held accountable here.
Taishcha Simon February 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Is this artwork an accurate depiction of the station site or should the artist have also figured in the lovely car wash and Los Chiles Locos buildings into the back ground?
Dan Crandell February 04, 2013 at 10:47 PM
This City Manager will be required to explain this settlement proposal. We were told that our City had not breached a contract or "agreement" with S&F. We were told that in fact S&F had breached. Why are we even considering a possible settlement of 20 million dollars if we have not breached? If S7F breached why have we not filed suit? Are we going to offer this settlement to once again avoid a trial we can't win? Why does this seem to be happening again? Where will the settlement money come from? S&F will have their agents at this meeting so I 'm hoping the council will not be afraid to disclose pertinent information and answers to the people of Monrovia.

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