East County News Service
Updated November 4, 2015 with reactions and Judge Pressman's final ruling.
November 3, 2015 (Alpine) –California’s 4th district court of Appeal has handed down a ruling in favor of the Alpine Union School District and Alpine Taxpayers for Responsibility against the Grossmont Union High School District– a ruling in apparent conflict with Superior Court Joel Pressman’s most recent action.
The ruling comes just hours after Pressman announced a decision to throw out the lawsuit entirely (dismissing it with prejudice) – reversing his earlier decision to set a December trial date and upholding his tentative ruling from last week. In so doing, he contradicted his own earlier findings and instead, determined that Propositions H and U did not obligate the GUHSD to build a high school for Alpine.
But the appellate court found just the opposite.The appellate court found the district violated its promise to build the Alpine High School and affirmed Pressman’s earlier order for the GUHSD to set aside bond moneys sufficient to build the school, pending full adjudication of the claim’s merits at trial.--a trial that may never occur, based on Pressman's latest action.