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Attorney hired by county responds to Anselmo's lawsuits against the county

Published On: Jul 30 2013 08:03:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2013 08:06:05 PM CDT

Anselmo prays in his chapel after the Shasta County Building Appeals Board postpones a decision.


A federal judge has ruled against two motions made by Shingletown landowner Reverge Anselmo in a lawsuit he filed in the U.S. Eastern District Court in Sacramento.

One of the motions alleged Anselmo's constitutional rights were infringed upon by enforcing a grading ordinance on his pasture. The other concerned the Williamson Act and protected agricultural land.

The federal judge denied both motions.

On Monday in a state court, a claim that Anselmo's restaurant, event center and chapel violate the Williamson Act was dropped at the county's request.

An attorney hired by the county, Jeffrey Dunn, explained the rulings:

"Anselmo decided to file a lawsuit in a federal court and then he wanted a federal court to tell him his lawsuit not only made sense but that he should win. The federal court responded to him, 'No. And your lawsuit makes no sense.' Anselmo's lawsuit has never made any sense except that it gives him lots of publicity and it causes the county to incur expenses. He then publicly criticizes the county for having to spend money defending itself in his lawsuit. Anselmo is not the only person in California who does not have to comply with state and local laws, no matter how wealthy and politically connected he may be."