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Homeowner sues city over Halloween decor controversy

November 12, 2008 |  7:23 am

Halloween parties are supposed to be fun. But this one is heading to court after city officials ordered municipal workers to take down an elaborate holiday display that was blocking a public right of way in Palos Verdes Estates. The homeowner is suing. More from the Daily Breeze:

The lawsuit, filed by Dominic Iannitti, claims that the city's removal of a dozen wooden panels worth more than $50,000 from public property in front of the couple's home was a violation of Palos Verdes Estates' own municipal code. Iannitti, who is not seeking monetary compensation, asks for a judge's order that the city give seven days' written notice and allow an appeal to the City Council before removing objects from the public right of way. "The city didn't follow the right procedures in removing the signs. We feel it's wrong," said the Iannittis' attorney, John Henning. "What's more important to us than getting the money is to have it established that the city cannot do what it's been doing."