County of Marin - Press Releases - Disability Access Settlement

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2014

County Reaches Settlement in Disability Case

Preliminary agreement reached; accessibility upgrades ongoing

San Rafael, CA - 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.


Sheila Lichtblau
Deputy County Counsel
Office of the County Counsel

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-2794
Email: Sheila Lichtblau