6-9-17 attorneys representing LPA Request to deny met Council's request for summary judgment, See more links below
Lakes and Parks Alliance rebut the demand from the Met Council for summary judgment, and provide affidavit to support this demand. Discovery conducted by LPA highlights the failure of the Met Council to follow its own science, while demonstrating how the Met Council contravened the law by only ever scoping one route for the LRT. This Met Council Report on Southwest LRT Water Quality demonstrates just how bad the science is.
Federal District Judge John Tunheim denied LPA's first Motion for Summary Judgment, but in language that hardly gave comfort to the Met Council. He said he would reconsider the case after a period of discovery and the filing of an amended Motion. This has now been done. Click on the heading above to read the filing. To read the Memorandum in Support of the Second Summary Judgment, please click here. For the proposed order granting the Second Summary Judgment, please click here.
After months of waiting, LPA succeeds in requests to review public documents leading to decision resulting in co-location of light rail and freight rail in the Kenilworth Corridor.
3-15-16 Many questions remain: Talking Points for the 2016 MN legislative Session
LPA presents talking points challenging Minnesota legislators to consider the true costs, safety issues, ridership, and other concerns surrounding our pending lawsuit.
1-11-16 LPA Court Hearing: Met Council Refuses to Share Public Information
LPA counsel's requests for information in discovery heard in federal court by Magistrate Judge Rau. Met Council has to date refused to share public information.
11-7-15 SPEAK FOR The trees: GEORGE PUZAK REMARKS
LPA Board Member George Puzak's comments from the Speak for the Trees event.
10-13-15 U.S. Court Requests Documents and interrogatories from Met Council
LPA counsel requests documents that will highlight the fact that the Metropolitan Council has not pursued any alternatives to the proposed routing of the SWLRT.
8-4-15 LPA UPDATE: TUNHEIM DENIES SUMMARY JUDGMENT, DOES NOT END CASE!
Federal 8th District Judge Tunheim states, "This opinion concludes that the LPA has not shown it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on the record before the Court. It does not, however, end the case."
2-25-15 LPA UPDATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2015 FEDERAL COURT HEARING WITH JUDGE TUNHEIM
Federal 8th District Judge Tunheim heard arguments from LPA requesting that the court proceed with a full hearing on March 9. Please read the brief for a full summary of the positions Judge Tunheim is considering.
11-3-14 Press Release Summary Judgment
If the court grants the request, the SWLRT approvals obtained by Met Council through the municipal consent process would become null and void. The Met Council would have to pause the project while the environmental impact study required by state and federal laws was completed and provided to the municipalities when a new consent process is commenced.
11-3-14 LPA Files for Summary Judgment
Lakes and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis explains that a trial is unnecessary because the facts of the case concerning the timelines of the municipal consent and environmental review processes are known and are not in dispute.
9-8-14 LPA Press Release Filing Complaint
LPA Board Member George Puzak explains why citizens of Minneapolis are filing a formal complaint in U.S. District Court regarding lack of an updated Environmental Impact Statement contemplating tunnels in Kenilworth Corridor.
9-2-14 LPA Complaint to FTA, Met Council
LPA's formal Plaintiff Action in U.S. Distict Court to the Federal Transit Administration, Metropolitan Council, and Met Council Chair Susan Haigh
8-15-14 FTA Response to LPA Letter
FTA Regional Administrator Marisol Simón responds that no cessation of funding for SWLRT is warranted.
7-24-14 LPA Letter to FTA
LPA's Letter to the Federal Transit Administration regarding lack of environmental review (EIS) for SWLRT
6-23-14 LPA Letter to Mayor
LPA Letter to Mayor Hodges regarding lack of environmental review (EIS) for SWLRT
6-23-14 Letter from Attorney representing Calhoun-Isles Condominium Association to Mayor Hodges
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Peter Wagenius, Minneapolis Transportation Policy Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linea Palmisano, 612-673-2213, Minneapolis City Council, Linea.Palmisano@minneapolismn.gov