Annexations

A civil rights organization sued Modesto, Stanislaus County and the County Sheriff for violations of the federal Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws for entering into a tax-sharing agreement to facilitate annexations which excluded several Latino-dominated islands which were developed without substantial public infrastructure in the 1940s and 50s and which received allegedly inferior municipal services as a result.  The trial court had found insufficient evidence of discrimination and dismissed the suit. 2009 DAR 14628 (9th Cir. Filed 10/8/09)