The law requires an Administrative Law Hearing to be held to determine if a proposed Relocation Plan is sufficient to mitigate the losses incurred by BV residents if they are forced to move. The Hearing is presided over by a Hearing Officer, and a court reporter transcribes it. The residents and property owner had their attorneys present forÂ the Hearing, held May 12-14, 2014. Expert witnesses testified, as did residents and the public There was simultaneous translation of all proceedings provided to Spanish speakers. The Hearing Officer, Craig Labadie, will render a decision in late August or September. The decision may be appealed to the City Council.
Each night the large Hearing room was standing room only. Residents in their black, “Save our Homes” T-shirts, and most other attendees wearing yellow stickers of support. The media were there in force – TV, radio, and print., local, regional and national. The PA Weekly and Community Media (through city auspices) filmed the entire 3-night hearing, posted here for your viewing.