A judge says he can find no reason to give a group of RV dwellers time to amend a lawsuit claiming Santa Barbara’s parking ordinance violates the 1972 Americans with Disabilities Act.
Scribbling across the proposed order filed by attorney Russell Brown on behalf of a group calling itself Committee for Social Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real makes his decision clear: “Denied. No good cause is shown.”
Mr. Brown sought to amend the plaintiffs’ Sept. 19, 2018, complaint and the city did not contest the request.
The lawsuit claims the city ordinance restricting when and where motor homes can be parked harms the disabled and the impoverished living in their vehicles.
Mr. Brown says a main goal of the lawsuit is to stop enforcement of the ordinance, which could include impounding RVs used in lieu of a dwelling.
The 14 plaintiffs, some of whom are disabled, also want to be reimbursed for parking tickets, towing and other costs, in addition to monetary damages for the inconvenience the ordinance has caused. Some of the plaintiffs are disabled.
Mr. Brown alleges eight causes of actions in the complaint.
In November 2018, the parties met after the city attorney’s office said it would file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. A week later, the plaintiffs agreed to amend their complaint.
Mr. Brown based his request to amend the lawsuit on undisclosed “additional factual and legal research” to address issues raised by the city.