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April 25, 2014

Universal appeal

Filed under: Alameda — Tags: , , — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

A few weeks ago former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant filed an appeal after the adverse judgment she received in her lawsuit against the City of Alameda.  She hired a new attorney and everything because I guess she’s going to fight this judgment to the very end as opposed to taking the former Fire Chief David Kapler route of simply accepting defeat and not possibly making things a whole lot worse.

Disappointingly the Alameda County Superior Court Domain Web (that’s the look up tool) moved from a completely free, albeit super clunky website, to charging to just look at the documents now.



See, $3 to look at a Billing Notice?  Are you kidding me?  I guess now, I’ll have to go around the Superior Court website and instead beg for the documents from the City of Alameda who doesn’t charge for electronic documents, yet.

So if you notice one of the Registers of Action is a “Notice of Default” on 4/10.   When the database was free to use I did take a look at what that was and apparently it was a notice to Ann Marie Gallant’s new attorney that something was wrong with the appeal that they had filed and if they didn’t correct in 15 days then the appeal would be dismissed.  I don’t recall what was wrong with the appeal off the top of my head and I’m not paying $3 to remind myself.   But I wonder if the Notice of Default that was posted on 4/22 is the same form or a new one.

Unless Ann Marie Gallant’s lawyers correct whatever is wrong she may not even get a second bite (third bite?) at getting this lawsuit resolved in her favor.



  1. What’s going on with the Terrie Highsmith claim? Did she drop her “fight the Council” posture? I remember she filed a claim, did not see any settlement though.

    Comment by Pedestrian — April 25, 2014 @ 10:16 am

  2. This charging to view public documents is a very disturbing trend away from transparency. The CCMS system of Sac’to Superior Court just did the same thing about 2 weeks ago: all the docs that used to be free to view, download, & print cannot be accessed without a fee. If you have a civil case, with hundreds of pages of legal filings, your costs have gone up; and worse, the speed/ease of access has gone way down. For all the complaints I have heard about CCMS, compared to other state court websites, I thought CCMS was great. Now it is awful.

    Comment by vigi — April 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

  3. I checked out
    It has a bit more information, even though it also lacks the actual documents associated with each filing.
    As best I can tell, her new attorney doesn’t know how to properly designate a record on appeal in Alameda County Superior Court.

    Comment by AK — April 25, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

  4. If you expect the Court and the Judges to be fair you leave in th Lala land , Judges are elected this equal to : You side with my opinion or I will have you removed from the bench at the next election .
    As far as Her appealing Her case , I thought we leave in the USA , a free Country .
    She may have a valid point , that is if you are able set aside the vile campaign launch against Her during the elections as well as Her termination using vote from Council Member elected but sworn in ,
    Some in Oakland still Celebrate the departure of Her replacement ……… wonder why , might be because of His interpretation of Democracy {might want to fish out his propanga tape when He first took office ……

    Comment by john — April 26, 2014 @ 10:24 am

  5. 4.Lala land? Bunkerville Nevada ( aptly named) is a few hundred miles south and east of here. Google it. (36°45′55″N 114°8′11″W) and have good trip.

    Comment by MI — April 27, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

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