Saturday, July 11, 2009


An e-mail to the Birmingham community from charter opponent Steve Shapiro

Thursday, 9 July, 2008

Dear Birmingham,

This e mail is to inform you all that a lawsuit has been filed today in Superior Court.  This is the first of several lawsuits that are designed to rectify many of the wrongs that have taken place over the past year.

On Monday morning, July 13, 2009, at 8:30 A.M. Superior Court, Department 85, located at 111 N. Hill St, Downtown Los Angeles, the case will be heard by the Superior Court judge.  In essence, we are seeking a court order to immediately block the charter at Birmingham.  Each of the defendants named in the lawsuit were served today, and those defendants are:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
  • Superintendent Ramon Cortines
  • District 1 Superintendent Jean Brown
  • Marsha Coates

Our lawyer has prepared an extraordinary case that shows how clearly pro-charter proponents broke the law in order to get the charter approved.  Our lawyer has prepared an extraordinary case that shows how clearly the Board of Education breeched their fiduciary responsibility when they approved the charter.  Attached please find  just one of the documents that has been filed.  We look forward to presenting the voluminous amount of information to the judge on Monday to help right this terrible wrong.

I would encourage all of you who can to come to court on Monday to witness this hearing.  If you are able to make it, I would appreciate it if you would e mail me so that I can get a sense of the turnout.  We certainly hope to make this a historic day for which we can all be proud for many years to come.


Steve Shapiro

Shapiro Writ No 2 Rev 1

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