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Major Court Cases of Interest in Pacifica

•John Straight vs. City of Pacifica (CIV535685): 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.

•The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): Jury trial had been set to begin June 20 but was delayed on a procedural matter. Jury trial now is set to begin Monday, July 18 at 8:45 a.m. in San Mateo County Superior Court, Redwood City, Courtroom 2A, Judge Elizabeth Lee presiding. 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.

•Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576): Click here for minutes of the May 26 case management conference involving Pacifican Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576). Edmundson seeks monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a cement bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier in January 2015.

Alan Wald


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


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