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Mold Lawsuit Against City Underway


Thursday, March 14, 2013
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Testimony is underway in a lawsuit filed against the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and its top three administrators. Inger Budke, resident coordinator at the SHIFCO complex for seniors, located on the Mesa, has alleged that mold and mildew, especially following a 2011 flood, have caused health problems — including asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and sinus infection — for her husband and two daughters. The case will likely hinge on the expert opinions of doctors.

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Looks as though it may be an interesting case. Why no more information/? It has been running in court for 11 days.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

FUNgi for the whole Family. /rimshot

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just another one of the Independents three sentence stories. Where do they get these guys? Perhaps an editor would like to comment.

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I remember the days when we would get some really interesting reading from skilled court reporters.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No skill involved writing for the Independent,, these people are worse than TMZ. I wonder if the " reporter " even went to the hearing.

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This case is anticipated to continue as long as May 3. There are many witnesses, and my wild guess is that Judge Colleen Stern, probably the only SB judge whose opinions I respect, may want to restrict details of the litigation to prevent bias. I was a member of the jury pool & was excused . I don't believe the lack of detail provided by Brandon Fastman is related to his talent as a court reporter.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Right. It take little effort or skill to read the Superior Calendar each week day. He can do this and feed the kids breakfast at the same time.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fair enough, However, names of the defendents and their positions in HACSB were omitted while the plaintiff, her work situation, and her familly were effectively described. I studied journalism in my youth and we could stretch a no - news item very well by adding trivial details such as age, full names, nick names, education - college/work history. titles/descriptons in general without revealing anything vital to the case. In short - we newsprint junkies researched backgrounds and it took time and effort.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 5:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Talent,,, sounds like your related!!!!

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think you mean "sounds like you are related"

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 7:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

March 15, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

FUNgi for the whole Family. /rimshot

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.

Stumbling_Distance, you sound as though you're a real...FUN GUY.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4...

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Seriously though, mold can be very dangerous stuff.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How many pages should this article be? Why weren't people on the street asked for their opinion so we could mock them here too?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2013 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Most houses in SB are growing black mold. The advantage of government housing is having someone to sue. Sign me up.

native2sb (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2013 at 11:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Southern California is running wild with mold. My brother lives in San Diego. He found mold in his bathroom and bedroom. His landlord fixed it and put my brother and his family in a motel while doing so. Mold is a red rag to landlords. Some tenants can be at fault for this condition if they don't attend to routine good housekeeping habits such as open windows, cross ventilalation and general cleanliness.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In my complex the ceiling fell down in one of the bathrooms, filed with mold. We shall see if the landlord/manager actually shows up to fix it.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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