The gem in the story is this:
Even if the claims are denied, it's not clear whether cities can impose new fees to cover the extra work.
Proposition 218, approved by voters in 1996, requires a vote of the people if cities want to implement a new fee.
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"If the majority of residents oppose the fees, it's not allowed," said Omar Sandoval, San Juan Capistrano's city attorney. "Then it'll have to come out of the general fund."