City litigation bills over ADA lawsuit piling up 

A more than four-year-old legal battle over the lack of accessibility for those with disabilities filed against The City is costing millions of dollars in legal fees.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve spending $2.2 million on the case.

Officials say The City is doing all it can with its existing resources to improve access throughout the city. Susan Mizner, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Disability, called the lawsuit “counterproductive and a diversion of city resources.”

The class-action suit includes plaintiff Ivana Kirola, who uses a powered wheelchair to get around San Francisco. Plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Johnson said, “All we’re trying to do is get The City to do what they should have done.”

Johnson also said that the lawsuit has promoted to do more ADA work, a claim The City denies.

A ruling in the lawsuit could come this summer, but it could continue to drag on and drain dollars if an appeal is filed.

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