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is not criminal trespassing, and not a
which could take years.
“You paid him $80,000 to harass
“We’ve gone to State Sen. Richard
me,” Morgan told Patterson and
Pan’s office, and he has asked the
Peletta. “I’m not trying to be
Attorney General for an opinion on
harassed or cause problems for the
the easement question,” Patterson
said. “Sen. Pan isn’t taking a position
The city’s payments for
on this, but he’s willing to ask the
“recreational” easements are a touchy
question. We’re waiting to see what
subject with the city council and city
the AG says. If they say the public has
attorney’s office. The payments may
access, we tell the property owners, oh
be a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. well, too bad, so sad.” Morgan believes she’s being singled Or so the Grand Jury declared last summer.
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out when she walks along the levee. She sees other people walk without being confronted. She wonders
Simply walking on the levee is not criminal trespassing, and not a police matter.
whether it’s because she’s outspoken. Peletta and Patterson didn’t want to speculate. They steered the problem of confrontation—how bad things can happen when people get upset.
confrontations between you two. Please, do not be confrontational.” Morgan had no problem with that.
for generations—has control over all
Like so many other people in Pocket
uses along the levees, from repairs to
and Greenhaven, all she wants is the
chance to freely walk the levee and
A few homeowners still insist they own the levees, but nobody has been willing to put the issue before
enjoy the river. “If I can walk in peace, I’m fine,” she said. “You have my word.”
a judge. A homeowner could sue a levee walker for civil trespass, but that would require the homeowner to prove the state doesn’t hold easement rights. Simply walking on the levee
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Peletta added, “I want no
which has owned levee easements
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