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Court Reaffirms Applicability of Proposition 218 to Groundwater Production Fees and Explains Mandates

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In its recent decision, Griffith v. Pajaro, the Sixth District of the Court of Appeal answered questions about Proposition 218 that it did not have the opportunity to address in its 2007 decision, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency v. Amrhein (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 1364.  In Griffith, which was a consolidated appeal with related case, Pendry v. Pajaro, the Court reaffirmed its holding that Proposition 218 (specifically, article XIII D, § 6 of the California Constitution) applies to fees imposed upon groundwater production and further clarified that such fees are not subject to the ratification election required for all property-related fees, except fees for “sewer, water, and refuse collection services.” 

A&W Attorneys Assist Carson in Restoring Important Regulatory Powers Back to Cities and in Enacting Protections for Mobilehome Coach Owners -- SB 510 Signed in to Law by Governor Brown

October 1, 2013.  Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Team (including partners Bill Wynder, Sunny Soltani, and Associate Jeff Malawy) assisted its client, the City of Carson, in urging the passage of an important piece of legislation (SB 510 [Jackson]) which has just been signed into law by Governor Brown.  SB 510 forever ends the much litigated, and much debated, question regarding the scope of a municipality’s discretion to deny mobilehome park subdivisions (or “conversions”) to resident ownership where the is a lack of resident support for the conversion.  The new la

A&W Attorneys Protect Carson From a Claim That Cities Must Warn Visitors to its Public Parks of the Potential Danger from Gang Members

Do California’s cities have a duty to warn visitors to their parks that gang members may be present?  And if cities have such a duty, how do they afford park visitors such a warning?  These were among the issues that two of the Firm’s litigation team resolved in favor of our client, the City of Carson. 

CA Supreme Court To Determine Whether Hearing Officers Have Authority to Rule on Pitchess Motions in Administrative Hearings

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The California Supreme Court will consider whether a hearing officer in an administrative appeal of the dismissal of a correctional officer employed by a county sheriff’s department has the authority to grant a Pitchess motion.

Carson’s Victory in Effort to Enforce Sales Tax Sharing Agreement Affirmed on Appeal

The Second District Court of Appeal has affirmed a favorable ruling obtained by Aleshire & Wynder attorneys on behalf of the City of Carson on enforcement of a judgment against the City of La Mirada and La Mirada Redevelopment Agency: City of Carson v. City of La Mirada, Second District Court of Appeal Case No.

Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control & Mobilehome Park Law Team Assist the County of Santa Cruz in Winning on Appeal

The Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Law Team (including Partners Bill Wynder and Sunny Soltani and Associates Jeff Malawy and Lindsay Tabaian) was successful in assisting the County of Santa Cruz in defending its denial of a mobilehome park conversion application based “on the near-unanimous opposition of the mobilehome park residents, as reflected in a survey of resident support, as the reason for denying the conversion application.” The decision is reported at Goldstone v. County of Santa Cruz, 6th Appellate District Case No.

A&W Lawyers Win Another Important 9th Circuit Rent Control Appeal

Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Law Team (including Partners Bill Wynder, Sunny Soltani, and Associate Jeff Malawy) were again successful before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. In Colony Cove Properties, LLP v. City of Carson (9th Cir., March 28, 2011) ___ F.3d. ___, Case No. 09-57039, 2011 U.S. App.

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