AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 10 of 17)

I think you can file my experience of being sued by the Anderson Valley Land Trust in the category of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” You could also file it as the most wasteful lawsuit ever in Mendocino County, but I bet there would be a few other hot contenders for that title. Over the […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 9 of 17)

From my family’s perspective, the Anderson Valley Land Trust’s lawsuit against us was retaliation and payback.  When the AVLT decided that the location of a motorhome on our property was a violation of our easement, we moved it to a new location on our property to comply with their request. (Remember, their own board member, […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 8 of 17)

Did the almost $100,000 the Anderson Valley Land Trust spent to sue me on a contrived and fictitious lawsuit get paid for by you and me? That was the question I posed in Part 7. Quick answer for ya: Yes. When my family donated a conservation easement to the AVLT, we also had to pay […]

A Response to Steve (& Janet) Snyder

Steve: Since you are on the “advisory committee” for the Anderson Valley Land Trust, I’m glad you might be engaged and thinking about the issues that face the AVLT. I’m glad you’re calling me out for whatever you see as inaccurate in my “rant” of a story. It is from my point of view, and […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 7 of 17)

Some people have asked me why I have told this story of the Anderson Valley Land Trust suing me in the AVA. I’ve had a few people relay that they think my articles are meant to “get back” at the AVLT. I can see why some might decide that’s my goal, and I probably won’t […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 6 of 17)

Unfortunately, I could fill more than 17 parts with stories of the contradictory actions of the Anderson Valley Land Trust. But a few quick ones (other than being sued) come to mind: One time, AVLT president Patrick Miller and AVLT vice President Steve Wood came to inspect my property. I met them in a field. […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 5 of 17)

Looking back, there was a chain of events that in some ways might have led up to the Anderson Valley Land Trust filing a lawsuit against my family.  For a few years, the AVLT kept finding new issues with us and our property. Issues that didn’t seem to be relevant to our easement, or issues […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 4 of 17)

There have been many board members who have quit the Anderson Valley Land Trust over the past few years. That might be normal for volunteer organizations in the Valley, I am only aware of the comings and goings of the Anderson Valley Land Trust. The ones that quit recently that come to mind are; my […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 3.5 of 17)

Anderson Valley Land Trust board members Dave Hopmann and (AVLT president) Patrick Miller testified in court (when they sued me last winter) that any time there was a violation of an easement that they had to enforce the easement. They stated that if there was a violation, the AVLT could be held liable if they […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 3 of 17)

The “funny” thing about being sued by an organization such as the Anderson Valley Land Trust, is that everyone suing you claims that they’re not suing you. Let me explain. There are nine people on the board of the AVLT at this time. Sometimes there’s seven or twelve or more or less on the board. […]

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family (Part 2 of 17)

There are many confusing aspects to the Anderson Valley Land Trust filing a lawsuit against me and my family.  One of the most confounding is that many board members who sued me know me personally and could have approached me about the things they apparently think my family is doing that are not allowed by […]