first_imgThe Coalition to Save the Marina has filed suit claiming the votes of two Los Angeles County supervisors to renew a 20-year conditional-use permit for a yacht company were improper because the officials rent the yachts for fundraisers. Taxpayer advocate attorney Richard Fine also claimed in the suit that FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club withheld information in a banquet-facility permit-renewal application about its dumping of sewage into manholes on FantaSea property. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday against FantaSea, asks Superior Court Judge David Jaffe to order the Board of Supervisors to rescind the firm’s permit, which the supervisors approved unanimously in May. Since 2003, Supervisors Don Knabe and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke have paid FantaSea in Marina del Rey a total of $19,850 to rent yachts for fundraisers, campaign finance records show. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Knabe’s senior deputy Curt Pedersen defended the supervisors’ vote. “There is a big difference between dumping into a sewer line without a permit, which has been rectified, and dumping raw sewage into the ocean,” Pedersen said. Another Knabe deputy, David Sommers, said the office would have no further comment on the suit because the County Counsel’s Office had not seen it. Burke’s spokeswoman Glenda Wina said the supervisor doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Supervisor Gloria Molina’s spokeswoman Roxane Marquez said the board’s vote was based on a recommendation made by the Regional Planning Commission in March. “The supervisor based her vote in large part on this recommendation from the commission and the commission felt that whatever violations FantaSea experienced on those water-based operations weren’t relevant to the banquet facility because it’s governed by another permit.” Daniel Ginzburg, FantaSea general manager and co-owner, wrote in a June 3 letter to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board that its docked yachts had routinely discharged waste directly into the county’s sewer system, but not into the ocean. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more