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San Diego Sides With Advocates In Sidewalk Case
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 30, 2002

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--Disability rights advocates in California have convinced the City of San Diego to withdraw its support for Sacramento in a potential U.S. Supreme Court case.

Sacramento wants the Supreme Court to overturn a June decision made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the city must make sidewalks -- not just curb cuts -- accessible to blind people and those who use wheelchairs.

Officials from 92 California cities joined Sacramento in its position. Last week, San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn announced to a crowd of disability advocates that they had convinced him to withdraw his city's support for Sacramento.

"It was said at our last meeting that this is a civil rights issue, and I agree with you. This is about civil rights," Gwinn said.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper ran an editorial Thursday, calling for Sacramento to drop its "wrong-headed and mean-spirited" action.

Editorial: Follow San Diego's lead Sacramento should drop sidewalk appeal (Sacramento Bee)
Barden v. Sacramento (Disability Rights Advocates)


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