July 20, 2012 -- 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.
July 11, 2011 -- Aleshire & Wynder attorneys recently obtained a favorable ruling 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, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.
April 21, 2011 -- 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.
April 19, 2011 -- Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Law Team (including Partners Bill Wynder, Sunny Soltani, and Associate Jeff Malawy) are pleased to report a victory in what we believe is the first decision in a damages lawsuit involving regulation of mobilehome park conversions.
February 11, 2011 -- Aleshire & Wynder attorneys Tiffany Israel and Wes Miliband obtained a judgment on behalf of the City of Newport Beach precluding the owner of several homes on a street zoned single-family residential from operating the homes as boarding houses. The defendant had physically altered each home to convert each bedroom into a studio apartment and then leased each bedroom separately in violation of State and local law.
As seen in the February 11, 2011 Verdicts and Settlements section of the Daily Journal:
December 23, 2010 -- Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Law Team (including Partners Bill Wynder, Sunny Soltani, and Associate Jeff Malawy) participated in another “landmark” litigation defending the authority of local municipalities to adopt and enforce rent stabilization laws. Acting as amicus on behalf of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, Attorneys Wynder, Soltani, and Malawy filed a brief defending the City of Goleta’s rent control ordinance and its largely-senior citizen mobilehome park residents.
November 1, 2010 -- Aleshire & Wynder attorneys June Ailin and Lona Laymon averted a $1.1 million judgment against the San Fernando Redevelopment Agency by establishing that a developer was not entitled to damages related to unsuccessful negotiation of a disposition and development agreement. Wilshire Ventures Corp., et al. v. San Fernando Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC410145.
October 1, 2010 -- Aleshire & Wynder’s Rent Control and Mobilehome Park Law Team (including Partners Bill Wynder, Sunny Soltani, and Associate Jeff Malawy) has scored another significant victory for municipalities inCalifornia regarding the scope of local authority in processing mobilehome park conversion applications to resident ownership.
September 14, 2010 -- Attorney Wes Miliband secured a significant victory for the City of Newport Beach when the Honorable William M. Monroe, Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, entered Judgment for the City and against a boarding house operator after more than two years of litigation.
April 21, 2010 -- Mobilehome park residents and local governments up and down the State of California scored a victory when the Court of Appeal issued its decision in Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. City of Carson, 2nd Appellate District Case No. B211777, on March 30, 2010. Thanks to the efforts of Aleshire & Wynder partners William Wynder and Sunny Soltani, and associate Jeff Malawy, the decision is the first Court of Appeal decision ever to hold that a city has both the discretion and the authority to deny a mobilehome park conversion if it determines the conversion is not bona fide.