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Loomis officials contemplate next legal move on Clover Valley

Lawsuit dismissed by Superior Court judge
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Clover Valley Foundation and the Sierra Club leaders are “huddling” with their attorneys after a Sacramento Superior Court judge denied their lawsuit to stop development of a residential subdivision in the 622-acre Clover Valley in Rocklin. “We are looking at all options available to us,” said Loomis resident Marilyn Jasper, a member of both the Foundation and the Sierra Club. A lawsuit against the project filed by the Town of Loomis was also rejected by Judge Lloyd Connelly. Town officials, too, must decide whether they will continue legal action, according to Perry Beck, town manager. The September 2007 Loomis lawsuit against the City of Rocklin and Clover Valley developers cited traffic mitigation as a basis for the suit. The Clover Valley plan calls for the construction of a new, two-lane road connecting Park Drive in Rocklin with Sierra College Boulevard in Loomis that is expected to bring a large amount of traffic to the area. Traffic would also be created by Clover Valley students expected to attend Loomis schools. Beck said the town’s attorney is reviewing the letter of judgment denying the suit to determine if there are grounds for an appeal. “A decision to appeal has to come before the council for approval,” Perry added. Jasper said that in addition to reviewing their legal options, the Foundation and Sierra Club are contacting land trusts, conservancies and governmental land agencies, “everyone we can contact,” to purchase the land. The Clover Valley Foundation has been actively fundraising for 10 years, and “we are still in that mode,” Jasper said. During that time, she estimates the Foundation has spent well over $70,000 in attorney fees and community and educational outreach in its efforts to stop development in oak tree-studded Clover Valley, where Native American artifacts and archeological sites can be found. “It (Clover Valley) needs to be preserved,” Jasper said. “It’s too valuable.”