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December 4, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 38 WITHOUT SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES, MERE RESTATEMENT OF STATE PROVISION IN SUBSEQUENT BALLOT MEASURE DOES NOT TERMINATE STATE OBLIGATION TO REIMBURSE COUNTIES FOR COSTS INCURRED IN COMPLIANCE WITH PROVISION

On August 16, 2018 in the case of County of San Diego v. Commn on State Mandates, 2018 Cal. LEXIS 8819 (Cal., Nov. 19, 2018), the California Supreme Court held that the restatement of statutory provisions in a ballot measure did not in itself allow the state to shift its related financial obligations to county…

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November 2, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 37 A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS NO LONGER PENDING — AND THE TOLLING PERIOD IN POBRA’S SECTION 3304(D)(2)(A) ENDS — WHEN A FINAL DETERMINATION IS MADE NOT TO PROSECUTE ALL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS IMPLICATED IN THE MISCONDUCT AT ISSUE

In the case of Bacilio v. City of L.A., 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 968 (2nd Dist. Oct. 25, 2018), the California Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s judgment denying a Los Angeles Police Department officer’s petition for a writ seeking to vacate disciplinary findings against the officer. The officer argued that he…

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October 29, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 36 PETITIONER ENTITLED TO RETURN OF SEIZED MARIJUANA PROPERTY UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW

On August 16, 2018 in the case of Smith v. Superior Court of San Francisco, 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 931 (San Francisco County Superior Court – Appellate Division, Aug. 16, 2018), the Appellate Division of the San Francisco County Superior Court granted the petition for writ of mandate seeking return of a lawful amount of…

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October 23, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 35 DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 57, ALL NONVIOLENT STATE PRISONERS, INCLUDING “THIRD STRIKE” OFFENDERS, ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE CONSIDERATION

On September 7, 2018 in In re Edwards, 26 Cal. App. 5th 1181 (2018), the California Second District Court of Appeal granted the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by a state prison inmate serving an indeterminate life sentence pursuant to the “Three Strikes” law. In so doing, the Court held that the passage…

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October 4, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 34 POLICE OFFICER BODY CAMERA VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORDINGS OF “CRITICAL INCIDENTS” ARE DISCLOSABLE UNDER THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

On September 30, 2018 Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 748 (“AB 748”) which added language to the Public Records Act that relates to police investigation records. Beginning July 1, 2019, video or audio recordings of “critical incidents” may only be withheld from the public for a period of longer than 45 days if…

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October 2, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 33 RECORDS OF OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS, USES OF FORCE RESULTING IN GREAT BODILY INJURY OR DEATH, AND SUSTAINED INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DISHONESTY ARE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

Governor Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill 1421 (“SB 1421”) which changed the confidential status of certain records contained in peace officer personnel files. SB 1421 effects a significant change with respect to the disclosure of certain categories of peace officer personnel files by way of the California Public Records Act.  Beginning January 1,…

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September 27, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 32 DISTRICT COURT ORDER IN IMMIGRATION CASE GRANTS CITY’S APPLICATION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION WHERE ATTORNEY GENERAL SEEKS TO IMPOSE IMMIGRATION CONDITIONS ON FEDERAL GRANTS FOR CITY

On September 13, 2018 in the case of City of Los Angeles v. Jefferson B. Sessions, 293 F. Supp. 3d 1087 (C.D. Cal. 2018), the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted the application by the City of Los Angeles (“City”) for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the imposition of new…

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September 27, 2018

Vol. 33 No. 31 CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT DENIES REVIEW OF COURT OF APPEAL DECISION ON POBRA STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

As reported to you in an earlier Client Alert (Vol. 33 No. 23; July 27, 2018) the First District Court Appeal had held in Daugherty v. City and County of San Francisco, 24 Cal. App. 5th 928 (1st Dist. 2018) that disciplinary charges were timely where a senior officer aware of officer misconduct was not…

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