Beverly Grove resident Stanley Brent has dropped his appeal of a ruling made by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that dismissed his lawsuit against the Beverly-Wilshire Homes Association (BWHA) in September.
The lawsuit accused the association of giving favorable recommendations to businesses looking to obtain permits, variances and licenses from the city in exchange for money, sometimes for personal use by BWHA board members.
“Clearly, Brent’s charges were baseless, and we are pleased to be able to turn our full attention to representing the interests of our community,” BWHA president Diana Plotkin said in a statement. “[The] Beverly-Wilshire Homes Association played a central role in the successful campaign to stop mansionization in the Beverly Grove neighborhood. Among other important projects, we are now working with Council member Paul Koretz and the planning department to strengthen the citywide mansionization ordinance.”
BWHA representatives declined to provide further comment. Brent could not be reached by deadline. His attorney, Donald Karpel, was unavailable for comment.
Brent filed the lawsuit against the association on Dec. 14, 2012, alleging financial misconduct and extortion, among other things. The legal action stemmed from an issue with his membership at BWHA, according to the compliant. Brent’s membership was revoked after he began to ask questions regarding the actions of the board members and directors, the document states.
In a previous interview, Karpel said Brent wanted BWHA to reimburse the funding it had misappropriated. Plotkin submitted evidence that she has not used any BWHA funds for her own personal use, according to the document.
Brent filed his appeal in September, and BWHA representatives announced that he dropped the appeal on June 16.
According to a press release, which cited an agreement that spelled out the terms of dropping the appeal, Brent “agrees that the court’s ruling was correct, defendants were exercising their constitutionally protected free speech rights, and that [Brent] did not present evidence to support the allegations made against Ms. Plotkin, Ms. [Sachs] and the Beverly-Wilshire Homes Association in the complaint.”
According to a press release, Brent has paid BWHA’s legal fees. In July, Taylor said the two sides would attend a hearing to discuss Brent paying the association’s legal costs, which he said were approximately $20,000. That was before the appeal was filed.
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