State Attorney General sues over alleged insult to African-Americans

In the wake of MediaNews reports on state park woes, state Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit today against the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to block construction of mega-dairies adjacent to a nationally historic African-American state park.

African-Americans say supervisors insulted them by approving a project that would cast a stench over Allensworth park, founded by an escaped slave turned famed Army officer.

On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to have the lawsuit filed.

At the same time, an Assembly committee advanced a bill pushing the proposed mega-dairies back at least another mile.

The state lawsuit accuses local officials of ignoring a report on the proposed projects’ damage to the environment and effect on Allensworth.

Brown, a former governor, was most recently mayor of Oakland, which has a large African-American population.

On the other side, Tulare and other counties were already threatening to file their own lawsuit, based on government confiscation of land without compensation.