Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 at 3:03 pm in Orinda.
Oh, rats! The skittering critters have Orinda headed to court on Wednesday to defend itself against a civil claim filed by a neighbor of the vacant, city-owned house on Zander Drive â€” which last hit headlines when residents griped that it was a rat-infested, mosquito-ridden neighborhood hazard.
Joseph Moran is asking for $7,500, plus court costs, due to the â€śloss of enjoyment of life, property and use of neighborhood street (Zander Drive)â€ť from the state of affairs at 106 Zander Dr.
Neighbors said last year that the long-vacant parcel was breeding both rats and mosquitoes, and the city later approved a study on how to stabilize the three slide-prone Zander Drive lots it owns in the hopes of selling them. The lots would be sold on the condition that the buyer stabilize the slipping slope â€” and if no one buys them, the cityâ€™s insurer would pay for demolition and the creation of a park-like setting.
A small claims trial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Walnut Creek Superior Courthouse, 640 Ygnacio Valley Road. Check back here tomorrow for an update, and read the full story in Thursdayâ€™s paper.
â€” Brooke Bryant