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California Court of Appeal

County of L.A. v. Comm'n on State Mandates, B183981

In case involving issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for municipal stormwater and urban runoff discharges which obligated County/Cities to inspect industrial, commercial and construction water treatment facilities and to install and maintain trash receptacles at transit stops, the court found that Government Code section 17516c is unconstitutional to the extent it exempts Regional Water Boards from the definition of "executive orders" for which subvention of funds to local governments for carrying out state mandates is required pursuant to the California Constitution.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/10/2007
  • Published 05/10/2007




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Raymond G. Fortner, Jr., County Counsel, Judith A. Fries, Principal Deputy County Counsel for Plaintiffs and Appellants County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Flood Control District., Burhenn & Gest, Howard Gest, Los Angeles, and David Burhenn for Plaintiffs and Appellants County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Flood Control District and Cities of Commerce, Carson, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Montebello, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, Artesia, Beverly Hills, La Mirada, Monrovia, Norwalk, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Marino and Westlake Village., Thomas F. Casey III, County Counsel, (San Mateo) and Miruni Soosaipillai, Deputy for City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants., Morrison & Foerster and Robert L. Falk, San Francisco, for Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association, as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Camille Shelton, Sacramento, and Eric D. Feller for Defendant and Appellant Commission on State Mandates., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Tom Green and Mary E. Hackenbracht, Assistant Attorneys General, Helen G. Arens and Jennifer F. Novak, Deputy Attorneys General for Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.
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