So, the building is gone and the case dismissed. Why are the Friends of the San Luis still fighting?
If left unchallenged, Judge Dierker's ruling could set case precedent that citizens and advocacy groups lack the right to appeal decisions of the Preservation Board. Since the Preservation Board and its enabling laws govern the entire city, all citizens are affected by the decisions of the Board and deserve the right to appeal on procedural grounds.
Why would the Friends of the San Luis care about the right to appeal? Didn't you want to save one building?
True, our organization was formed to advocate for a specific building. Yet our ability to do so was undercut by Dierker's decision. The members of the Friends of the San Luis are active in other preservation matters in which the right to appeal is essential. If people have to go to court to prove our right to participate on every matter, concerned citizens won't be able to actually fight for our city's historic buildings. We must legally clarify that right to protect citizen preservation advocacy.
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