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 — 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 “loss of enjoyment of life, property and use of neighborhood street (Zander Drive)” 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 — and if no one buys them, the city’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 Thursday’s paper.
— Brooke Bryant