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Gold Line Reaches $24M Settlement With Monrovia Property Owner

The settlement ends a long legal battle between local property owner George Brokate and the Gold Line Construction Authority.

The Gold Line Construction Authority announced Friday that it has settled several lawsuits through a $24 million agreement to acquire land for the coming Foothill Extension from a local property owner who had repeatedly sued the transporation agency.

The deal allows the GLCA to move forward with the Foothill Extension, giving the agency control of more than 50 percent of the land it needs for a Monrovia maintenance yard project critical to the extension's progress.

Local property owner George Brokate of Excalibur Property Holdings in an effort to prevent his land on Evergreen Avenue from being condemned for the project. The GLCA initiated eminent domain proceedings against him, but those will no longer be necessary because of the agreement.

Doug Tessitor, chairman of the GLCA Board, said in a written statement that the deal was needed to avoid further litgation.

"Over the last year, Excalibur has instigated a series of lawsuits against the Construction Authority and continued to threaten more,“ Tessitor wrote. "Although we feel confident that we would have prevailed on the legal issues over time, the delay caused by the legal process and the uncertainties related to continuing through eminent domain were very risky, making this settlement the best decision for the Authority and our partner Metro."

Robert Silverstein, an attorney for Brokate, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Joe Black February 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
NWT, you are the one calling me a liar. The burden is on you as you are the one saying all of my statements are inaccurate. Are you saying you have no proof to back up your allogations?
NWT February 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM
LOL, Proof is in the thread chuckle head. In case you forgot: Joe Black 11:32 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012 "Or how about Mayor Lutz and Scott Ochoa for offering land they did not own, or in the case of Lutz, selling land she had an interest in." ....And then there's this wildly outlandish statement: Joe Black 11:39 pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 "I actually saw the transfer of title for the first parcel sold to GLCA, well before any of this became a discussion point. Why not put in a public records request yourself and see that Mayor Lutz was on the board of one of affiliate companies that sold the first Parcel to GLCA." You supposedly saw said documents right? Why not just post them here, or at the very least provide a verifiable document specific citation? You do that and it checks out- I'll conceded I was wrong. I'm adult enough to do so. Until then Joe, you're just some obnoxious accusation monger with no merit whatsoever. The End.
Joe Black February 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
NWT, from your comments it is clear that you are not adult enough back up your own statements let alone anything else. All you have to do is go down to City Hall and request the documents for youself. Simply ask for all documents related to all sales of Property to the GLCA, and see which companies were involved and than see who was affiliated with them. In the documents I was handed, it was clear to me and aparently is was to Mr Silverstein as well that Mayor Lutz had an interest in the transaction. Sorry if that is too much effort for you. The information is there if you or anyone else wants to see it.
Ian February 17, 2012 at 04:52 AM
NWT, taking the rail system is indeed wonderful. I did the Blue Line for just over a couple of years and loved it. I've also gone Gold Line to Red Line and back a few times. The thing is, this Gold Line extention is being sold (in large part) to us by saying that people will get off at the station in Glendora after work, and then walk (bah) or drive over to The Village to eat and shop before going home from work. It ain't gonna happen. I have no problem with the extention nor the station... I'm looking forward to it. I have a problem with people trying to shove pixie dust and rainbows down my throat in order to get me to go along with something.
R Terry February 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Hey guys...this is going on forever. Just post the links and let the other guy read them and let it go...

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