The Supreme Court yesterday ordered a halt with immediate effect to the ongoing demolition exercise led by the Special Presidential Taskforce. The Taskforce was set up with a mandate to beautify the City of Monrovia, but the court ordered that it must stop until a judicial review of its scope of operation can be decided by the court.Yesterday’s decision was taken by Justice Presiding in Chambers, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, following a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed to the High Court by a group under the banner, “Aggrieved Destroyed Properties Owners of Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnersville and the New Georgia Community.” Cllr. Dempster Brown of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights filed the complaint on behalf of the aggrieved residents.The people are celebrating yesterday’s decision by Justice Ja’neh, who in a communication to Taskforce leader Madam Mary Broh, instructed her to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of a conference scheduled for December 7.The Broh committee was in October, constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with a clear mandate to clean up the City of Monrovia from November 15 to December 15, which operation has met legal and other challenges.Further in their complaint, Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that the Presidential Committee does not have judicial power to close down businesses, institutions and demolish private homes because of any violation, ignoring city ordinances and zoning laws.“If they have violated zoning laws and city ordinances, the Presidential Taskforce should have instituted legal proceedings against them, and or any citizen in Monrovia, who violated such law to the Monrovia City Court, “Cllr. Brown’s complaint to Justice Ja’neh stated.Instead, he alleged, “the committee is using police power by brutalizing, intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens under the guise of carrying out their presidential mandate to clean Monrovia.”Cllr. Brown begged the court to issue the writ of prohibition against the Presidential Task Force in order to restrain and prohibit what they consider to be the unlawful acts of destroying the private properties of peaceful citizens , police brutality, harassment and intimidation pending the outcome of the hearing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In July, the road’s southern end was reopened on a limited basis: commuters were allowed to drive a roughly graded 1.8-mile dirt section in early mornings and evenings, led by a pilot vehicle. The road closed during the day, at night and on weekends. While construction work will continue on the new road section, county officials said it has progressed to the point where the pilot car is no longer needed and traffic can proceed unescorted 24 hours a day. Through March, motorists will have to take turns crossing a one-lane Los Angeles Department of Water and Power powerhouse bridge that the new route is temporarily using. “There’s going to be a one-lane bridge where people are going to have to stop and yield,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokesman Ken Pellman said. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Storm-damaged San Francisquito Canyon Road will reopen this evening to two-way traffic, though a temporary bottleneck will persist for at least several weeks at a one-lane bridge. Starting 5 p.m. Friday, a rerouted road section built since last winter’s storms between Saugus and the mountain hamlet of Green Valley will be opened to unrestricted traffic. “We have thousands of commuters that utilize this vital road on a daily basis,” said Tony Bell, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has been pushing for the road’s rapid reopening. Used by Antelope Valley commuters and Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth and Green Valley residents to get to Santa Clarita, San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed in January 2005 after storms wiped out hundreds of yards of pavement. A two-lane bridge – using three railroad flatcars as support – is expected to be open by the end of March. Sometime before then, traffic will be stopped completely for two weeks while the new bridge is put into service. Officials said they will post a notice in advance of the closure to warn motorists of the exact dates. During the two-week closure, motorists will have to use Lake Hughes Road, Bouquet Canyon Road or another alternate route between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. County officials changed the 1.8-mile section to get the road out of a low-lying area that is easily flooded. The new route crosses a hillside west of San Francisquito Creek, avoiding a marshy area, a narrow canyon and two bridges damaged by last winter’s storms. Moving the route and repairing other storm damage – as well as reconstructing pavement damaged by heavy construction equipment rolling along it – is expected to cost about $7.5 million, of which some $5.5 million will be paid by the state and federal governments. The $7.5 million price tag includes $3.7 million to $3.9 million for a permanent bridge to replace the railroad flatcar bridge, which is expected to cost about $350,000. The permanent bridge is expected to be built a few feet upstream from the railroad flatcar bridge after county officials receive federal and state approval for the design and environmental studies. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!