Glendora Homeless Woman’s Case in Limbo

City’s request to depublish court ruling in Sharon Green’s favor puts her return to Heritage Oaks at standstill.

Sharon Green’s may be short-lived as a legal maneuvering can keep her case in limbo for up to two years.

Last month, the city filed a letter with the Supreme Court to depublish the ruling, which could delay the case for up to two more years.

The 70-year-old Green, who has been homeless, and at one point lived in a tent, claimed she was evicted from her rental subsidy at Apartment, a joint enterprise with the city, without just cause.

In April, the Second District Court of Appeals sided with Green, and ruled her eviction illegal.

Following her victory, Green said she was eager to return to her apartment at Heritage Oaks, but the city's recent legal maneuver keeps Green’s case at a standstill.

Green, who up until recently had been living in a motel, called the city’s request to depublish the ruling an attempt to put an end to a precedent she said was established with her April court victory.

“They wanted the case depublished so it will not set a precedent nationwide,” said Green. “You cannot evict people receiving subsidies for no reason. That is what my case did. It set a precedent. To get it depublished, no more precedent.

“What I want to know is why is the city of Glendora paying a lawyer to get this done?” Green said.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the letter to the Supreme Court filed by the city questions not the Appellate Court’s ruling in favor of Green, but the ambiguous role of the city as successor agency in Green’s case since the dissolution of the city’s redevelopment agency.  The letter also pointed to the city’s earlier defense that the city was not involved in Green’s eviction, reports the Tribune.

A request to depublish the ruling brings the case back to the Supreme Court to consider. The court will decide Aug. 21 whether to honor the city’s request, dismiss the request or reopen the case.

With future housing uncertain, Green said she will still continue to hold the city responsible.

“They could drag it out, but I’m in it for the long haul,” she said.

debbie doodle July 31, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The Bible says that the tithes and offerings are to be for the widows & orphans. not to build million dollar cathedrals to glorify their own names. I have no children that lived so please forgive me for accepting assistance from the governmental tithes & offerings that are meant to help the poor {check how taxes got started.}. I hope to G-d that you are never in the position that that handicapped, 70 y/o homeless woman is. Would your children ,if you have any- want YOU to live with them full time? Ask them! Better yet, why not practice that good old Christian ethic of Brotherly Love & help her in YOUR home.
Bill C. August 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I'm all for helping the truly needy. If your post was directed at me Ms. Doodle, I've had a sibling stay with me for five years when they were going through a rough time and an older relative has been with my wife and I for the last seven years. I practice what i preach. Sharon, in my opinion, is supported by people that are all mouth. Why should anyone but her friends and family (if she has local family) assist her? That Green, who I have no concern for as she's not a friend or relative, has some supporters who have attacked the city time and again over her situation, let her supposedly sleep in a tent for quite a long time speaks to their decision, not mine. Sharon has said publicly more than once to visit her video on u-tube and see how she was forced to live outside so maybe she could explain why not one of her friends stepped up and let her stay with them. Your attempt to deflect it on someone else is pathetic.
Bill C. August 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
In addition, if someone did over her a place to stay, but she didn't accept the offer, I'd be happy to see them post about it and straighten me out. I won't hold my breath.
robin August 01, 2012 at 09:30 AM
debbie doodle August 12, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Is that post directed at me? Sorry, I hadn't noticed it. Actually I am in Europe & hadn't seen your comments. Mine was a general comment for the general attitude towards a growing problem in our society as a whole that will not go away by itself. I am saddened by the callousness of society in general. I will read yours now, By the way, she is your neighbor according to the Bible. Just sayin'.


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