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.
December 20, 2009 -- Partners Sunny K. Soltani and June Ailin scored a huge victory in a jury trial in a condemnation action -- a jury verdict $4.1 million less than the property owner's appraised value.
November 26, 2009 -- A $34 Million case dismissed in its entirety
We are pleased to announce the recent dismissal of a $34 Million federal constitutional challenge to the City of Carson’s mobilehome park rent control ordinance in Colony Cove Properties, LLC v. City of Carson, et al., Central District of California Case No. CV08-07065 PA.
November 1, 2009 -- Partner June Ailin scored a significant land use victory for the City of Bellflower when the Second District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court judgment on October 19, 2009.
In an unpublished opinion in the case of Triumph Transport, Inc. v. City of Bellflower, 2nd Civil Case No. B209586, the Court of Appeal concluded a moratorium on trucking yards in the city’s light industrial zone was applicable to a trucking use for which a business license and zoning clearance were sought several weeks before the moratorium went into effect.