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Boy Scouts of America and its Desert Pacific Council Gets What It Deserves No Lease for a Discriminatory Organization

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Boy Scouts of America and its Desert Pacific Council are dismayed that the City of San Diego appears to be going back on its assurances that the Scouts could appeal their case and stay on Camp Balboa until the appeal process is resolved on the merits.

Boy Scouts are appealing the federal district court's ruling that the Balboa Park and Fiesta Island leases to Desert Pacific Council are unconstitutional. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is expected to hear the case next year. Even as hundreds of kids in summer camp programs enjoy Camp Balboa and Fiesta Island, the ACLU has now moved to dismiss Boy Scouts' appeal regarding the Camp Balboa lease,
with cooperation from City officials.

"This is an effort by the ACLU to evict Boy Scouts from Camp Balboa before the appeal can be heard," said Desert Pacific Council Spokesperson Merrilee Boyack, "and the City is playing right along. Neither the ACLU
or the City of San Diego is abiding by their own settlement agreement."

Since the City entered into a settlement agreement with the ACLU on January 8, 2004 -- agreeing to pay the ACLU almost $1 million in exchange for abandoning the defense of the Camp Balboa and Fiesta Island leases -- the City has reassured Boy Scouts that they could remain on the property until all appeals are exhausted.

On April 27, 2004, the City signed a letter assuring Boy Scouts that they could remain on Camp Balboa until all appeals were exhausted, and, if Boy Scouts prevailed on appeal, the termination of the lease would evaporate. "Consistent with its settlement agreement with Plaintiffs in Barnes-Wallace, the City will allow [Boy Scouts] to retain possession of the Camp Balboa property until all appeals are finally resolved in favor of Plaintiffs. In the event the judgment is reversed, this termination notice shall no longer be effective."

But on July 28, 2004, the City submitted a declaration in support of the ACLU's motion to terminate Boy Scouts' appeal. The ACLU is asking the Ninth Circuit to rule that Boy Scouts have no right even to appeal the
ruling terminating the Camp Balboa lease. Real Estate Director William Griffith supported that motion with a declaration stating that the Scouts' right to remain on the property expired with the lower court decision against them.

This is in conflict with what City officials had told the Scouts and the position they had taken publicly. The City's assistance comes just days before yesterday's deadline to pay the ACLU's attorneys almost $1 million of taxpayers' money to terminate the Camp Balboa and stop defending the leases to Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts intend vigorously to pursue the appeal and are confident of ultimate victory.

SOURCE Desert Pacific Council




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