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A Superior Court judge has tentatively denied environmental activists’ request to reinstate a lawsuit that challenges the city of San Diego’s practice of not studying the cumulative impacts of condo conversions.

Judge Ronald Prager threw out the case in August after developers who were affected by the lawsuit said that the attorneys for the plaintiffs – the Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego County and Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development – did not properly ask the court for a trial.

The judge agreed with the developers and the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to explain the legal glitch – which had to do with the filing of paperwork – this month. The tentative decision denies their attempt to proceed with the case.

A hearing on the environmentalists’ request will be held Friday at 10 a.m. A final ruling on the matter is expected shortly thereafter.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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