The Coast Community College District, which has been bogged down in a legal dispute since selling KOCE-TV to its own foundation in 2004, has asked a state court to uphold a prior decision that would return the public station to the district.
In a status report that was expected to be filed with Orange County Superior Court on Monday, attorney Milford Dahl wrote that the college district was "weary" of the time and money spent on the KOCE case and sought to regain ownership of the station's license. An appellate judge ruled last May that the sale to the foundation was invalid, and the state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in August.
Now, the district is seeking to end the matter by following the appellate court's order and voiding the sale. Attorneys for the district, the foundation and the Daystar Television Network — which claimed rightful ownership of KOCE after it made a higher cash bid than the foundation — are scheduled to meet in Orange County Superior Court on Friday.