As we first reported this past September with respect to the Academy of Art’s ongoing disregard for San Francisco laws, codes and ordinances:
In addition to their regularly scheduled meeting this week, San Francisco’s Planning Commission will be quietly conferencing behind closed doors with legal counsel to once again discuss “whether to initiate litigation with respect to the Academy of Art University.”
Having long ignored city laws, codes and ordinances with respect to the Academy’s conversion of numerous San Francisco buildings to dormitory and classroom use without proper approvals or permits, last year the City considered legal action but failed to act.
According to the Office of the City Attorney, litigation is anticipated with the City as Plaintiff. Will this be the year that the City actually takes a (or the) stand?
This week, in a letter addressed to Planning Director John Rahaim, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has accused the Academy of continuing to engage “in a game of obfuscation and delay” with the city’s Planning Department playing right along.
“I find it inexplicable that despite the (academy’s) repeated disregard of you, your department, and the laws you are charged to enforce, you would allow the (academy) to continue to violate the law without consequence,” wrote Herrera.
That being said, the anticipated litigation appears to have been delayed as well.