Lake of the Pines resident withdraws harassment suit
A Lake of the Pines resident has withdrawn a civil harassment lawsuit he filed against a member of the LOP homeowners’ association board and his wife.
But Vincent Cauchi Jr. — who says he has moved out of the gated subdivision because of the harassment — said his legal fight is far from over.
“I’m not going to let it go,” he said, adding that he plans to file another lawsuit against Lake of the Pines and against HOA board member Frank Mascari.
Cauchi was alleging harassment on two occasions by Mascari and his wife, Denise, on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 — the latter being Super Bowl Sunday — at the Sports Lounge at Lake of the Pines.
Cauchi, 56, an electrician, maintained the alleged harassment stems from his role in questioning activities of the homeowners’ association board and its oversight of the community finances and operations. He said he attended numerous board meetings where he questioned certain actions of the board, such as budgetary issues and the administration of slip rentals at the LOP marina.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson in February granted Cauchi a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Mascaris from having any contact with him or his wife. At a hearing May 1, Anderson extended the restraining order to July 7.
Cauchi asked for another extension of the restraining order on July 31. Both parties agreed to mediation, which was scheduled for Aug. 5. But on Aug. 3, Cauchi’s attorney, Barry Pruett, filed a request to dismiss the case with prejudice.
“Right before mediation, the plaintiff gave up,” said the Mascaris’ attorney, Raymond Shine. “He can’t bring (the suit) again.”
According to Cauchi, because he had been representing himself, he couldn’t keep up with Shine’s legal maneuvers.
“He financially ran me over,” he said. “No sooner than I saw the cost (of mediation), I realized it could go on for days … I decided to opt out.”
Cauchi said Pruett will continue to represent him and he plans to file the new lawsuit soon, for breach of contract.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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