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I caught up with Scott Dreher, the lawyer who joined the ACLU in filing a lawsuit against the city alleging city workers had illegally destroyed homeless people’s property. He sent me the response he sent to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith after Goldsmith asked that the lawsuit be dropped.
We are certainly willing to pull back from an immediate [temporary restraining order] hearing and engage in a productive mediation or negotiation procedure, IF the City will give us written assurances that it will not dispose of any homeless person’s things while we’re in negotiation or mediation.
We’re not able to dismiss the lawsuit however, but I agree with you that avoiding a [temporary restraining order] hearing while giving my clients some reassurances that their possessions won’t be destroyed might give everybody some breathing room to talk seriously.
— ADRIAN FLORIDO