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Monday, Dec 02 2013 05:13 PM

With no surprises, wall case off to a slow start

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    By Theo Douglas/The Californian

    In a Nov. 27, 2013 photo, a flier is posted on a wall that blocks a walkway between Amberton and Stokdale Estates. Homeowner Michael Hansen constructed the wall to block foot traffic between the developments. Neighbors in the area have been fighting against the wall.

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    By Theo Douglas/The Californian

    In a Nov. 27, 2013 photo, a flier is posted on a wall that blocks a walkway between Amberton and Stokdale Estates. Homeowner Michael Hansen constructed the wall to block foot traffic between the developments. Neighbors in the area have been fighting against the wall.

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    By Theo Douglas/The Californian

    In a Nov. 27, 2013 photo, landscaping helps obscure a wall that blocks a walkway between Amberton and Stokdale Estates. Homeowner Michael Hansen constructed the wall to block foot traffic between the developments. Neighbors in the area have been fighting against the wall.

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BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer tdouglas@bakersfield.com

With just 16 days in the Kern County Superior Court calendar before Christmas, the controversial wall that closed a heavily -used pathway between Amberton and Stockdale Estates this spring likely will remain standing until at least next year.

Attorneys representing southwest Bakersfield homeowner Michael Hansen, who had the wall built June 14, and those opposed to the wall appeared before Judge David R. Lampe on Monday for a order to show cause, a routine motion to ensure defendants have been served.

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They had, and the case was continued to Feb. 18 for a case management conference.

At issue is whether Hansen, a co-defendant, acted appropriately in commissioning the wall on his own property in the 7300 block of Calle Privada.

Hansen has said he ordered the wall built, closing a pathway between Amberton and Stockdale Estates used by residents for a generation, in response to thefts and burglaries at his home.

The plaintiffs, some of whom are members of the Amberton-Stockdale Alliance, a Facebook group, sued Hansen, his father, Dan, and 20 unidentified defendants in August, seeking the wall's removal.

Attorney Michael T. Whittington said there wasn't time before the holiday to schedule a hearing for a preliminary injunction on getting the wall removed.

Attorney Ray Mullen, who appeared in court on behalf of Michael Hansen, said he'll be asking the court to confirm the wall and allow it to remain.

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