County Touts ADA Facility Upgrades Stemming from Class Action Lawsuit

Marin Civic Center.
Marin Civic Center.

The following news release was issued by the County of Marin: 

In the spirit of accessibility to all, the County of Marin continues to maximize access for people with mobility disabilities at its 51-year-old headquarters, other County facilities and pedestrian paths of travel.  

The County has made many improvements and incorporated universal design on accessibility improvements in and around the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center Administration Building, a national historic landmark, plus County offices, auditoriums, libraries, parks and the pedestrian paths of travel on County roads.

With a preliminary settlement in hand stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2008, the County has committed to continuing to maximize accessibility consistent with, and in excess of, the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On Dec. 26, 2013, Judge Roy Chernus of Marin Superior Court preliminarily approved a class-action settlement in the matter of Shemaria v. County of Marin. As overseen by the court, the terms of the proposed agreement include a County commitment of no less than $15 million toward maximizing programmatic access for persons with mobility disabilities. The settlement is up for final court approval on April 9.

Signed into law in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life – to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in state and local government programs and services.

More information about the County’s ADA upgrades can be found on the County’s website.

Sarah Creeley February 18, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Beautiful picture! One of Frank Loyd Wright's masterpieces!
Jim Caldwell February 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM
More like Frank Lloyd Wrong, it's a very inefficient layout and poorly built. And very inconveniently located. But hey, it does photograph well. I agree on that!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 19, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Who is the lawyer who represented Shemaria? That person deserves a 'thank you'. There was not much architectual recognition of "barriers" before the ADA. Remember, we all plan to get old, and you do not know what can happen along the way.
Joan February 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Now if the municipalities would enforce disabled parking, and doctors would not hand out plaques like candy, things also would improve. I see people in trucks put into a disabled parking place, jump out, and walk without difficulty away from the vehicle. It is frustrating to not be able to park close to the grocery store, but when you go into a store that has ride around shopping carts no one is using them, but all the disabled parking is filled. The Hamilton Safeway parking lot is an example. I have had to give up and go home because of this. It is better to keep persons with disabilities independent, living at home, working, contributing rather than in institutions.


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