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Longtime city attorney heads to final council meeting

Michael Schneider

Tonight’s South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting will be the last for longtime City Attorney Dennis Crabb.

In an inaugural ceremony to be held after the public-comment portion of the meeting, Crabb will hand the city counsel position to Catherine DiCamillo. A reception will follow the reading of a proclamation in honor of Crabb’s 18-plus years of service to the city.

Crabb announced in June of 1997 that he would leave the job to become a managing partner in the South Lake Tahoe law firm Rollston, Henderson, Rasmussen & Crabb.

The attorney said his decision to leave was based on potential conflicts that could arise due to his new position in the private sector. He had agreed to stay with the city though today’s meeting although the decision to hire DiCamillo was final in early December.

Crabb came to South Lake Tahoe in 1979 from Monterey, Calif., where he had worked as assistant city attorney. During his tenure as South Lake Tahoe’s city attorney, Crabb guided the city through the first stages of redevelopment.

Additionally, he led an effort to create a specialized Tahoe license plate, was chief fund-raiser for the welcome sign near the Lake Tahoe Airport and founded and served as president of the Tahoe Tallac Association.

DiCamillo, a partner in the South Lake Tahoe law firm Feldman, Shaw and Devore, has lived in the city as long as Crabb has been city attorney.

She has served on the Affirmative Action Commission, the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center board of directors and as an honorary board member of the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation.

A farewell party will be held for Crabb Jan. 31 at Harvey’s Resort Hotel/Casino.

Also on the agenda:

— The city will likely vote to deny the claim of a girl hit by a car after a trolley operator motioned her to cross in front of the trolley.

Gretchen Abravanel, risk management coordinator for the city recommended that the city deny the girl’s claim because the city is held harmless in an agreement with Area Transit Management, the trolley company. A resolution denying the claim will be voted upon by the city council during the consent agenda portion of the meeting.

According to the claim, received by the city last month, the girl was on the side of State Route 89 talking to a friend when the trolley stopped short of the crosswalk. The driver motioned to the girl – who was on a bicycle – that she could cross the street. The girl got on her bike and, as she crossed in front of the trolley, was struck by an automobile.

The claim alleged the girl would not have crossed the street were it not for the conduct of the trolley operator.

Ken Daley, general manager of the transit system, said he didn’t think ATM would be responsible for the girl’s injuries. Daley said the responsibility in the accident lies with the motorist who hit the girl, not the city or the transit service.

The girl suffered head injuries and a broken ankle as a result of the accident.

Although the exact monetary figure sought is not outlined in the claim, the amount of the claim is such that the potential suit, should it go to court, must be settled in Superior Court. This means the claim must be more than $25,000.

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