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City of Pacifica Refutes Bike Stand Injury Claim

BikePacifica Pier bike stand has been removed.

The City of Pacifica denies it is at fault in response to Pacifican Vanessa Edmundson's civil suit (CIV537576), which seeks unspecified monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a concrete bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier in January 2015. The city filed a pretrial statement May 13, 2016, stating: "Plaintiff, in the scope and course of her employment, tripped over a cement block bicycle stand that was located in plain view. Plaintiff contends that she fell and sustained injuries. The location of her fall was not in a dangerous condition, as a matter of law, and plaintiff's fall was the result of her failure to exercise due care. Furthermore, defendant had no notice of any dangerous condition at the plaintiff's fall location."

Plaintiff Edmundson filed a pretrial statement May 16, stating: "Plaintiff tripped and fell over a large cement block on a public sidewalk, suffering injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, and extremities. Plaintiff's medical expenses and wage loss is unknown."

A pretrial conference takes place Thursday, May 26 in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City in an effort to seek resolution.

Alan Wald


Major Court Cases of Interest in Pacifica

•Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576): Case management conference set for May 26, during which the judge may set a trial date. Edmundson seeks monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a cement bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier.

•The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): Jury trial begins June 20 in Superior Court, Redwood City. Reepen faces three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, resulting from the Highway 1 head-on collision that killed Pacifican Bruce Ross Bernor. Reepen remains free on $250,000 bail.

•John Straight vs. City of Pacifica (CIV535685): Mediation session set for June 23; estimated five-day jury trial set for September 26. Straight seeks monetary damages for injuries claimed from falling into a Hickey Boulevard manhole when its cover gave way. Attorney Gregg Thornton represents the City of Pacifica.

Alan Wald


Trippin' at the Pier

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A case management conference scheduled for May 26 in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City may set a trial date in the Vanessa Edmundson civil suit against the City of Pacifica (CIV537576). Pacifican Edmundson seeks monetary damages for her injuries claimed from tripping over a concrete bicycle rack at Pacifica Pier on or about January 24, 2015. She is represented by attorney Michael R. Solomon. Although the city removed the bicycle stand and others like it when the suit was filed, the above photo shows what it looked like. The image source is a Pacifica Pier visitor's online photo album from June 2012.

Alan Wald


Ana Reepen DUI/Manslaughter Case

The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): Jury trial begins June 20. Reepen faces three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, resulting from the Highway 1 head-on collision that killed Pacifican Bruce Ross Bernor. Pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 27 and a jury trial is set to begin June 20. Reepen has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $250,000 bail. The two counts of felony DUI relate to Reepen having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of the offense. Her blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.21. Turning the wrong way from Sea Bowl Lane, Reepen drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 on July 25. Reepen's car and Bernor's car collided there. Stay tuned here for more details as we get them. Follow this thread at the Comments link below, and join the conversation.

Background


Amy Goodman, Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!

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Pacifican Ron Berger meets with Democracy Now! host and investigative journalist Amy Goodman during a Peninsula stop April 12 on her national speaking and book-signing tour that celebrates the progressive TV news program's 20 years, currently broadcast on 1,400 stations, including Pacific Coast TV Channel 26 in Pacifica. Goodman starts each morning's program proclaiming, "From Pacifica, it's Democracy Now!" The program originally aired in 1996 on five Pacifica Radio stations around the country. (Editor's note: Pacifica Radio has no connection with Pacifica, California.)

Photo and caption by Alan Wald