Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/30/2011 12:17:57 PM PST

UPLAND – The city experienced a number of controversies in 2011 and will continue to deal with some of the legal ramifications in 2012.

Former Mayor John Pomierski’s federal trial is set for April, which may occur during the city election when the mayor’s seat and a council seat is up for re-election.

“Well I hope all those things all come to pass and are resolved,” said Councilman Ken Willis, who will be retiring from the council in November. “I think that if there’s a trial going on in the course of the election all the scabs will be scraped open and painful for a lot of people.”

Pomierski was indicted on federal corruption charges in March.

His co-defendant, Upland contractor John Hennes, has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

The city will be addressing existing litigation involving Pomierski as well as a potential lawsuit.

Pomierski’s civil attorney, Robert Schauer, filed a claim with the city last week demanding they defend him in a lawsuit filed by the owners of the former Chronic Cantina restaurant and bar.

Schauer said he will sue if the city does not agree to provide his legal defense.

The restaurant owners are suing the city for million of dollars in damages, accusing Pomierski and Hennes of extorting money from them. The owners allegedly paid the men $15,000, but when they did not pay an additional $25,000, the city revoked their conditional use permit.

The City Council revoked the permit in April 2009 due to an alleged increase in crime.

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