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Francis v. CalPERS

Francis v. CalPERS

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SUPERIORCOURTOFCALIFORNIACOUNTYOFSACRAMENTOPetitioner,CaseNo.:34-2011-80000841
DEPT.NO
CLERK31S.LEEJuly20,20129:00a.m.HON.MICHAELKENNYDATEITIMEJUDGEDANIELE.FRANCIS,v.BOARDOFADMINISTRATIONFORTHECALIFORNIAPUBLICEMPLOYEES'RETIREMENTSYSTEM,etaI.,Respondents.J.CLARKKELSO;JUDICIALCOUNCILOFCALIFORNIA,ADMINISTRATIVEOFFICEOFTHECOURTS;CALIFORNIAPRISONHEALTHCARERECEIVERSHIPCORPORATION,RealPartiesinInterest.DEMURRERTOFIRSTAMENDEDPETITIONFORWRITOFMANDAMUSAND/OROTHERAPPROPRIATERELIEFNature
ofProceedings:
ThefollowingshallconstitutetheCourt'stentativerulingonthedemurrertotheFirstAmendedPetitionforWritofMandamusand/orOtherAppropriateRelief,whichisscheduledtobeheardbytheCourtonFriday,July20,2012at9:00a.m.inDepartment31.ThetentativerulingshallbecomethefinalrulingoftheCourtunlessapartywishingtobeheardsoadvisestheclerkofthisDepartmentnolaterthan4:00p.m.onthecourtdayprecedingthehearing,andfurtheradvisestheclerkthatsuchpartyhasnotifiedtheothersideofitsintentiontoappear.
In
theeventthatahearingisrequested,oralargumentshallbelimitedtonomorethan20minutesperside.
ProceduralBackground
ThisisapetitionforwritofmandateunderCodeofCivilProceduresection1085andacomplaintfordeclaratoryandinjunctivereliefinwhichpetitioner,aretiredstateemployeeandmemberof
-1-
 
CalPERS,seeksanorderinvalidatingthemembershipofrealpartyininterestJ.ClarkKelsoinrespondentCaIPERS.PetitionerallegesthatKelso,astheReceiverfortheCaliforniaPrisonHealthCareSystemunderappointmentoftheu.S.DistrictCourt,isineligibleforCalPERSmembershipbecausehedoesnotmeetthestatutorymembershiprequirementthathebeemployedbythestateandcompensatedwithfundsatleastpartlycontrolledbythestate.(See,GovernmentCodesections20028,20069,20370,20380.)ThisisthesecondtimetheissueofthesufficiencyofthepetitionandcomplainthasbeenbeforetheCourt.Petitioner'sinitialpleadinginthismatternamedonlytheCalPERSBoardofAdministrationastherespondent.Uponitsfiling,thecasewasassignedtoDepartment42ofthisCourt,Hon.AllenSumner,presiding.Respondentfiledademurrertothepetitionandamotiontostrike.Thedemurrerraisedthreeissues:failuretoexhaustadministrativeremedies,failuretojoinindispensableparties(includingKelso),andlackofstandingbypetitionertoasserthisclaimsagainstCalPERS.Themotiontostrikewasdirectedspecificallytopetitioner'sprayerforattorney'sfees.OnAugust12,2011,JudgeSumneroverruledthedemurrerregardingexhaustionofadministrativeremedies,sustainedthedemurrerregardingjoinderofindispensablepartieswithleavetoamend,andsustainedthedemurrerregardingstandingononeofthegroundsasserted,specifically,thatpetitioner'sallegationsfailedtodemonstratethathehasaspecialinterestinthedeterminationofKelso'sCalPERSmembershipoverandabovetheinterestofthepublicorCaIPERS'membershipatlarge.JudgeSumnerrequestedfurtherbriefmgontheissueofwhetherpetitionerhadstandingtobringthisactionasataxpayerunderCodeofCivilProceduresection526a,anddeferredarulingonthedemurrerpendingjoinderoftheotherindispensablepartiesandreceiptofthesupplementalbriefs.PetitionersubsequentlyamendedthepetitionandservedKelso,theJudicialCouncilofCalifornia-AdministrativeOfficeoftheCourts,andtheCaliforniaPrisonHealthcareReceivershipCorporation(theentityestablishedtooperatetheprisonhealthcaresystemunderthedirectionoftheReceiver)asrealpartiesininterest.ThecasesubsequentlywasreassignedtothisDepartmentwhentheCourtreducedthenumberofitswritdepartmentsattheendof2011.
LegalStandardforDemurrer
ThecaseisnowbeforetheCourtsolelyforacontinuedhearingonthedemurrerregardingpetitioner'sallegedlackofstandingasataxpayerunderCodeofCivilProceduresection526a.TheCourthasreceivedandreviewedthebriefingontheoriginaldemurrerasitrelatestotaxpayerstanding,andthesupplementalbriefingsubmittedbyalltheparties,includingtherealpartiesininterest.
In
rulingonthesufficiencyofacomplaintondemurrer,thecourttreatsthedemurrerasadmittingallmaterialfactsproperlypleaded,butnotcontentions,deductionsorconclusionsoffactorlaw.Thecourtalsomayconsidermattersproperlysubjecttojudicialnotice.
It
givesthecomplaintareasonableinterpretation,readingitasawholeanditspartsintheircontext.(See,
Blake
v.
Kirwan
(1985)39Cal.3
rd
311,315.)
Evidentiarv
Issues
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PetitionerandrespondentCalPERSsubmittedrequestsforjudicialnoticewiththeirbriefingontheoriginaldemurrer.
 
JudgeSumner'sAugust12,2011didnotruleexplicitlyonrespondent'srequest,whichwasfiledonMay31,2011,althoughtherulingreferredtoseveraloftheexhibitsattachedtotherequest.Petitionerdidnotobjecttotherequest.Respondent'srequestforjudicialnoticefiledMay31,2011isthereforegranted.Respondentobjectedtopetitioner'srequestforjudicialnotice,filedonJuly25,2011,onthegroundofrelevance,exceptforitems10,11,15,16,19and20.Inhisruling,JudgeSumnerdidnotruleontheobjection.(See,RulingonDemurrerandMotiontoStrike,page3,footnote
1.)
Initsbriefingsubmittedforthepresenthearingonthedemurrer,respondentaskstheCourttoruleontheobjection.Respondent'sobjectionissustained.ThedocumentscontainedintherequesttowhichrespondenthasobjectedarenotrelevanttotheissuespresentlybeforetheCourtondemurrer,inparticular,theissueofpetitioner'sstanding,butgotothemeritsofpetitioner'sclaim.(See,
Mangini
v.
R.
J.
ReynoldsTobaccoCo.
(1994)7Cal.4th1057,1063
1:
onlyrelevantmaterialisproperlysubjecttojudicialnotice.)Moreover,manyofthedocumentsrelatetofactualdisputesbetweentheparties,suchaswhetherKelsoisactuallyemployedbyastateagency,andthecourtrulingonademurrercannotdecideaquestionthatmaydependupondisputedfactsbymeansofjudicialnotice.(See,
FremontIndemnityCo.v.FremontGeneralCorporation
(2007)148Cal.App.4th97,114-115.)Finally,althoughrespondentdidnotobjecttoitems10,11,15,16,19and20,theCourtgrantstherequestforjudicialnoticeonlytotheextentoftakingnoticeoftheexistenceofthedocuments,butdoesnottakejudicialnoticeofthetruthoffactsstatedtherein,orof"...whatmightfactuallybeassociatedwithorflowtherefrom."(See,
Cruz
v.
CountyofLosAngeles
(1985)173Cal.App.3
rd
1131,1134.)Thepartieshavesubmittedvariousevidentiarymaterialsinconnectionwiththesupplementalbriefingonthedemurrer,whichhavegeneratedobjections.TheCourtrulesontheevidentiaryobjectionsasfollows.TheobjectionbyrealpartiesininteresttotheDeclarationofRunstonMaino,submittedbypetitioner,issustained.Thedeclarationoffersextrinsicevidencewhichisnotproperlyconsideredondemurrer.(See,
Lambert
v.
Carneghi
(2008)158Cal.App.4th1120,1126.)TheobjectionbyrespondentCalPERStopetitioner'sRequestforJudicialNoticefiledonFebruary22,2012,Exhibits1-7,issustained.TheobjectionbypetitionertotheRequestforJudicialNoticefiledonApril4,2012byrealpartiesininterestisalsosustained.Thedocumentscontainedintherequestsarenotrelevanttotheissuespresentedbythedemurrer,inparticular,totheissueofpetitioner'sstanding,butgotothemeritsofpetitioner'sclaim.(See,
Mangini
v.
R.
J.
ReynoldsTobaccoCo.
(1994)7Cal.4th1057,1063:onlyrelevantmaterialisproperlysubjecttojudicialnotice.)Moreover,manyofthedocumentsrelatetofactualdisputesbetweentheparties,suchaswhetherKelsoisactuallyemployedbyastateagency,andthecourtrulingonademurrercannotdecideaquestionthatmaydependupondisputedfactsbymeansofjudicialnotice.(See,
FremontIndemnityCo.
v.
FremontGeneralCorporation(2007)
148Cal.App.4th97,114-115.)DiscussionTheFirstAmendedPetitionallegesthreecausesofactionagainstrespondentforacceptingKelso'smembershipinCaIPERS.First,itallegesthatacceptanceofKelso'sCalPERSmembershipviolatesrespondent'sdutiesrelatedtoadministrationofthestateretirementsystemundertheCaliforniaConstitution,ArticleXVI,Section17,subdivisions
(b)
and(c).Second,thepetitionallegesthat
1
Overruledonothergroundsrelatedtofederalpreemptionofregulationoftobaccoadvertisingin
InreTobacco
Cases
II
(2007)41Cal.4th1257,1276.
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