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County of Sonoma v. Superior Court of Sonoma County, A122450

Petition for writ of mandate seeking relief from an order of the superior court compelling plaintiff to arbitrate with real party in interest Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association is granted where: 1) Code Civ. Proc. section 1299 impermissibly interferes with the governing body's constitutional authority to establish employee compensation; and 2) Code Civ. Proc. section 1299 impermissibly delegates to the arbitration panel the power to interfere with county money and to perform municipal functions.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/24/2009
  • Published 04/24/2009


  • JONES, P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Steven M. Woodside, County Counsel (Sonoma), Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, Jeffrey Sloan, Todd Simonson, Steve Cikes San Francisco, for Petitioner., Jennifer B. Henning, for California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller, Johnsen & Uhrhammer, David P. Mastagni, Amanda S. Uhrhammer, Kathleen N. Mastagni, Isaac S. Stevens, Sacramento, David D. King, Los Angeles, for Real Party in Interest., Altshuler Berzon, Stephen P. Berzon, Scott A. Kronland, Rebecca Smullin, San Francisco, for Peace Officers' Research Association of California Legal Defense Fund and California Professional Firefighters as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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