The Chinese American Equalization Association (HQH), which filed a lawsuit in Superior Court demanding that Council Member Danielson be removed from office, has filed with the Attorney General a request to proceed with a "Quo Warranto" lawsuit in superior court.
Quo Warranto is a special form of legal action used to resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies.
A Quo Warranto action may not be filed without the approval of the Attorney General. If leave to sue is granted, then the "relator" (person or group wishing to sue) may file a Quo Warranto action in the appropriate superior court.
Due to the filing of the request with the Attorney General, the City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at 10am to decide whether or not to defend against the request filed with the Attorney General's Office.
Council Member Danielson recused himself due to the potential conflict of interest as he is the subject matter of the Quo Warranto request. The Council voted 3-1 to defend and retain the law offices of Nielsen, Merksamer, Parinello, Gross & Leoni to represent the City in the proceedings.
Council Member Tay was the one dissenting vote. He clarified his no vote, stating that he believed Council Member Danielson should resign in order to avoid the cost of litgating the matter, then Council should rescind its vote on the District map and have a judge pick it.