In May, a controversy erupted regarding allegations brought by non-group members accusing two newly-elected board members – Margaret Virissimo and Don Sevrens – of promoting candidate slates in the March elections in opposition to the group’s bylaws.
Sevrens, a retired Union-Tribune reporter, answered the charges against him at the May meeting by announcing he had filed a lawsuit naming the PCPB members as defendants in an alleged violation of First Amendment and civil rights. His lawsuit also challenges provisions in City policy 600-24 governing community planning groups.
PCPB chair Robert Goldyn subsequently cancelled the group’s June meeting. Goldyn said the issue of the lawsuit will remain tabled for the July meeting.