Sutter Expansion Challenged

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 13, 2006

Two months ago, a Superior Court judge ruled that the E-I-R was incomplete and must be void. The Sacramento City Council is scheduled to comply with that order tomorrow night.

But the judge is still allowing Sutter to move ahead with the project while flaws are corrected in the report. That’s prompted opponents of the project to ask another judge to step in.

John Borsos with the Service Employees International Union says construction should cease. 

"The judge ordered the city to rescind the permits but also allowed certain pieces of the project to go forward which seems to us contradictory. How can something by inappropriate on one end and still be allowed to proceed on another end?" 

The union has filed a request asking the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento to stop the expansion project.

Meantime, city planners will hold a public hearing next week to get community input on a newly revised environmental report that covers traffic and air quality issues.