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DORIGINAL

1 MICHAEL N. FEUER, City Attorney (SBN 111529x)


2 RICHARD M. BROWN, General Counsel for Water & Power (SBN 41277)
RICHARD TOM, Assistant General Counsel (SBN 127292)
3 JULIE RILEY, Deputy City Attorney (SBN 197407)
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Superior Court or California
4 TINA SHIM, Deputy City Attorney (SBN 233910)
COllDty Of Los Angeles
111 North Hope Street
JUL 30 2015
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Attorneys for Plaintiff, CITY OF LOS ANGELES,


acting by and through the LOS ANGELES
DEPARTMENTOFWATERANDPOWER

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,

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COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, CENTRAL DISTRICT

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CITY OF LOS ANGELES, acting by and ) Case No.


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through the LOS ANGELES
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DEPARTMENTOFWATERAND
) VERIFIED COMPLAINT AND
POWER,
) PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE
Petitioner,
) FOR DECLARATORY AND
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) INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
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METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT ) (Cal. Const., art. I, 1;
) Code Civ. Proc. 1085, 1086;
OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
) Gov. Code 6250 et seq.)
Respondent.
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VERIFIED COMPLAINT AND PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

I. INTRODUCTION

1. The City of Los Angeles, acting by and through the Los Angeles Department of Water

and Power (LADWP) files this complaint and petitions this court for writ of mandate to

prevent the release of its customers' confidential personal information by the

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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to the San Diego Union-

Tribune, LLC (Requestor), pursuant to a California Public Records Act (CPRA), Gov.

Code 6250 et seq., request. MWD intends to release the names and home addresses of

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LADWP customers that participated in MWD's Turf Removal Rebate Program (Turf

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Program) to Requestor, a major metropolitan newspaper, for potential publication. None

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ofLADWP's customers were told that they had waived their constitutional right to

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privacy by accepting this government-funded rebate money to help conserve water. Not

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only that, but LADWP customers were not given notice that their information might be
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disclosed, and did not consent to this disclosure. The LADWP brings this "Reverse-

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CPRA" action pursuant to Marken v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Dist. (2012)

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202 Cal.App.4th 1250.

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II. PARTIES

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2. Petitioner is and was, at all relevant times, a municipal utility that purchases water from

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Respondent, who funds Respondent's water conservation programs, and whose

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customers participated in Respondent's water conservation programs, including the Turf

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Program, which paid money to Petitioner's customers to replace lawn with artificial

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grass or drought-friendly landscaping.

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3. Respondent is and was, at all relevant times, a regional water wholesaler that delivers

water to twenty-six cities and water agencies serving nineteen million people in six

counties. Respondent is funded by water purchases from its member agencies.

Respondent helps its member agencies to develop increased water conservation,

recycling, storage, and other resource-management programs.

4. Requestor is and was, at all relevant times, a media company that submitted a CPRA

request to Respondent for information, including names and addresses, of all individuals

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that received money from the Turf Program.

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JURISDICTION AND VENUE

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5. Jurisdiction and venue are proper in this court because this action arises under

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California state law, Respondent resides in the County of Los Angeles, and

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. Respondent's actions occurred and continue to occur in theCounty of Los Angeles.

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IV. FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION

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(Violation of Cal. Const., art. I, 1)

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6. MWD funded, created, and operated its Turf Program in part as a response to Governor

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Jerry Brown's April 1, 2014 executive order that California is in a drought and 50

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million square feet of lawn and ornamental turf must be replaced with drought tolerant

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landscapes. (Ex. A.) The Tur.fProgram was the largest of its kind in the nation, and has

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been so successful that MWD has stated it had achieved its program goal of stimulating

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interest in turf removal to the point that government incentives were no longer

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necessary for the long term. (Ex. B.) The program totaled $450 million in funds, will

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remove over 150 million square feet of turf in Southern California, and will save 80,000

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acre-feet of water per year. That is equal to the amount of water used by 160,000

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households in one year. (Id.) All funds were exhausted on July 8, 2015. (Id.)

7. City of Los Angeles residents alone reached half of Governor Jerry Brown's statewide

turf replacement goal. With only 10% of the state's population, Los Angeles residents

will successfully remove almost 25 million square feet of turf by the end ofsummer.

(Ex. C.) Approximately 7,800+ Los Angeles residents participated in the Turf Program,

with the assistance of an estimated 60 private landscaping companies that were able to

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directly receive the rebate for their work. (Decl. of David Wright, p. 2; Ex. C.)

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Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that approximately 20% of
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Respondent's Turf Program recipients were LADWP customers. (Decl. of David

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Wright, p. 2.)

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8. Respondent was created by an Act of the California Legislature in 1928 to build and

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operate the Colorado River Aqueduct, and is the largest wholesale water agency in the

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nation. (<http://www.mwdh20.com/>.) Respondent is a government,agency because it is

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a cooperative of twenty-six member agencies including cities and water agencies that

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purchase varying amounts of water each year that will eventually sold to a normal

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person, or retail customer. (Id.) All retail customers belonging to one of Respondent's

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twenty-six member agencies were eligible for the Turf Program. (Id.) Each member

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agency had a contract with MWD that governed the ability of that member agency's
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customers to participate in the Turf Program. (Decl. of David Wright, p. 2.) Petitioner

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and Respondent's contract regarding the Turf Program stated that Petitioner's

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confidential customer information could not be released by Respondent. (Ex. D.)


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9. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent's Turf

Program issued rebates on a first-come, first-served basis until funding was exhausted.

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(Ex. E.) Rebates were capped to a maximum amount for some addresses and some

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applicants, later in the Turf Program. and $6,000 per residential address. (Ex. F.)

Respondent reserved the right to verify and inspect the removal of turf grass, and

required recipients to adhere to their water agency's rebate terms and conditions, as well

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as their local and city landscape ordinances. (Ex. E.) Applicants were able to submit the

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application online, and were required to provide proof they were customers of a member

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agency with a utility bill. (<http://www.mwdh20.com/>; Ex. F.) Rebates were mailed

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after proof of installation and documentation, including numerous photos, was

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submitted and approved. (Ex. E.)

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10. Petitioner is informed and believes~ and thereon alleges, that only some applicants were

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to make a five-year commitment for the turf to be removed, because not all application

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materials required the five-year commitment. (Decl. of David Wright, p. 3; Ex. G.)

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Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that online applicants were not

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application received notice that a five-year commitment was required. (Id.) Further,

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but some applicants that submitted a paper

Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that early applicants may have

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been required to make a five-year commitment, but later applicants were not required to
make a five:..year commitment. (Id.) No applicant was asked to make the installation

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permanent to the property or alter their utility bills in any way. (Ex. E, F, and G.)

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11. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that nowhere in

Respondent's Turf Program materials, application, fact sheet, or web site did

Respondent indicate that the applicant's name and address would be released to

the public. Respondent did not give any notice or obtain consent from any

applicant that in exchange for this go,:,ernment-funded money, the applicants

agreeing to waive their right to privacy.

12. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that on or a~ound May 19,

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2015, MWD received a CPRA request regarding its Turf Program from Morgan Cook, a

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reporter for Requestor (Ex. H.) Requestor asked for electronic records regardin'g the
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Turf Program, including at least fifteen data fields such as the name of the recipient;

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date of award; street address of recipient; city of recipient;, zip code of recipient; county

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of recipient; name of contact person/applicant; type of recipient (bus'iness, single-family

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residential, etc.); description of recipient; amount of award; and description of turf

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removal project approved for incentive (square footage to be removed, etc.). (Id.)

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13. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent did not

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provide any notice to Turf Program applicants that their information would be disclosed

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to a third party, or that their information'would be disclosed to a newspaper for potential

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publication pursuant to a CPRA request. (<http://www.mwdh20.com/>; Ex. E, F, and

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G.) Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent did not

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provide any notice to Turf Program rebate recipients that as a result of participation in

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the Turf Program, Petitioner's customer's confidential information would be disclosed

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to a third party, or that their information would be disclosed to a newspaper for potential

publication pursuant to a CPRA request. (Id.)

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14. Petitioner inadvertently became aware of this CPRA request on or about June 2, 2015.

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(Decl. of David Wright, p. 4.) Respondent informed Petitioner of the request. (Id.)

Petitioner determined that the names and addresses of its customers are confidential in

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combination with rebate amounts, and did not disclose its customer names and address

in response to a separate and different CPRA request. (Id.)

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15. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that on or around June 29,

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2015, MWD provided approximately sixteen data fields to Requestor. (Ex. I.) Petitioner

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is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that MWD redacted all of the data with

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the names of the applicant (as opposed to recipient of the rebate). (Id.) Petitioner is

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informed and believes, and thereon alleges that MWD disclosed street addresses at the

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general city block number level. (Id.) Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon

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alleges, that MWD also redacted the names of recipients (as opposed to applicant) from

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the responsive records, except for where


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Terminators, was paid directly. (Id.) Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon

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alleges, that the names of third-party contractors and their full contact information was

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disclosed. (Id.)

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Requestor responded that the records provided on or about June 29,2015 were

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insufficient. (Ex. J.) Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that

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Requestor reiterated its request for installation street addresses numbers; first and last ,.

names of all applicants; and first and last names of all recipients of the award. (Id.)

17. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that on or around July 14, 2015,

Petitioner met with Respondent and objected to the disclosure of its customer's name

and address, and cited various federal and state laws to support its claim of customer

privacy. (Decl. of David Wright, p. 4.) MWD disagreed with LADWP's understanding

of the law. (Id.)

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18. On July 29, 2015, Respondent informed Petitioner that it intended to release all

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responsive records on August 7, 2015. (Ex. K.)

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19. The California Constitution gives each citizen an "inalienable right" to pursue and

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obtain privacy in article I, 1: "All people are by nature free and independent and have

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inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, .
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possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and

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privacy." (Cal. Const., art. 1, 1.)

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20. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent has an

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obligation to comply with the California Constitution and protect all persons from

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disclosure of information that would invade their privacy or compromise their personal

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. safety. Respondent's intended disclosure of Petitioner's customer's names and

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addresses violates these laws because Respondent did not provide any notice to
Petitioner's customers regarding the potential or intended disclosure of their information

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at the time of application to the program. Petitioner's customers may never have

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participated in the Turf Program if they had known their names and addresses could be

published in a newspaper.

21. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respon'dent also failed to

provide notice to Petitioner's customers after their applications were accepted to the

Turf Program. Respondent should have provided notice to all participants regarding

their determination that their program and rebate information is not protected from

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disclosure, including details about how much rebate money they were given, how much

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square footage was replaced, and which third-party contractor that they may have hired.

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22. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent also failed to

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obtain consent from Petitioner's customers regarding the release of their information to

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this specific CPRA request, or give them an opportunity to object to the release of their

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information.
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23. Furthermore, Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent

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failed to provide Petitioner any advance notice that Petitioner's customers' information

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would be disclosed. Petitioners encouraged Petitioner's customers to participate in both

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turf replacement programs offered by Respondent and Petitioner. Petitioner basically

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had a contractual relationship with Respondent in regards to the execution of the Turf

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Program. Petitioner is obliged to maintain the confidentiality of its customers'

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information and Respondent owes Petitioner's Customers the same duty in this instance.

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24. Allowing Respondent's disclosure of this information would deny Petitioner and

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Petitioner's customers the opportunity to object to this release or obtain a judicial


determination regarding their private interests in non-disclosure. The disclosure of this
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information and may cause Petitioner's customers to suffer irreparable harm and

possible great injury.

25. Petitioner has performed all conditions precedent to the filing of this petition by

objecting to Respondent and demanding that the names and addresses of its customers

remain redacted.

26. At all times mentioned, Respondent has been able to exercise the discretion to withhold

these records. Notwithstanding such ability, and despite Petitioner's demand for

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Respondent to withhold the records, Respondent continues to fail and refuse to redact

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the names and addresses of Petitioner's customers.


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27. Petitioner has no plain, speedy, and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law,

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other than the relief sought in this petition, because pursuant to the CPRA, no other

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judicial, administrative, or contractual remedy is available to Petitioner. Furthermore,

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release of the names and addresses would render any subsequent judicial,

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administrative, or contractual remedy moot.

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SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION

(Violation of Gov. Code 6250, et seq.)

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28. Petitioner re-alleges and incorporates by this reference all of the allegations in

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inclus~ve,

of this Petition as if fully set forth herein..

29. The CPRA was enacted in 1968 to promote government accountability, but expressly

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recognized that every individual's right to privacy: "In enacting this chapter, the

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Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access

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to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and

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necessary right of every person in this state." (Gov. Code 6250.) Therefore, the CPRA

may permit access to by any member of the public to public records created by public

employees, but it does not allow for the public to access records pertaining to private

individuals.

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disclose the names'and addresses of private individuals. (Ex. K.) Requestor is not

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seeking records that relate to MWD's conduct as a government agency in creating,

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operating, or granting funds under the Turf Program. These are not public records

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because the names and addresses of private customers to a public utility have nothing to

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do with the conduct of the people's business.

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31. On July 18, 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered in front of her West,

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Hollywood apartment by a man who had been stalking her for three years, as reported
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by the Los Angeles Times in over seventeen published articles. (Ex. L.) After

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unsuccessfully wandering around Ms. Schaeffer's neighborhood in an effort to locate

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her, the murderer obtained her home address by paying $250 to a detective agency in

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Tucson. (ld.) The murderer represented himself as an old friend that wanted to get back

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in touch with her. (Id.) The detective agent simply went to the California Department of

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Motor Vehicles, filled out a form, paid approximately $1, and was given Ms.

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Schaeffer's home address. (ld.; Ex. M; Senator Sher, Sen. Judiciary Committee,

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32. The Request does not fit any of the exceptions in Government Code 6254.16, which

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states as follows (please note, "or" does not mean "and"):


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Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require the disclosure of the name~
credit history~ utility usage data~ home address~ or telephone number of utility
customers of local agencies~ except that disclosure of name~ utility usage data~
and the home address of utility customers of local agencies shall be made
available upon request as follows:
(a) To an agent or authorized family member of the person to whom the
information pertains.
(b) To an officer or employee of another governmental agency when necessary
for the performance of its official duties.
(c) Upon court order or the request of a law enforcement agency relative to an
ongoing investigation.
(d) Upon determination by the local agency that the utility customer who is the
subject of the request has used utility services in a manner inconsistent with
applicable local utility usage policies.
(e) Upon determination by the local agency that the utility customer who is the
subject of the request is an elected or appointed official with authority to
determine the utility usage policies of the local agency~ provided that the home
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(t) Upon determination by the local agency that the public interest in disclosure
of the information clearly outweighs the public interest in nondisclosure."
(Emphasis added.) (Gov. Code 6254.16.)

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33. Petitioner is informed and believes~ a.nd thereon

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that Respondent has an

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obligation to comply with the CPRA by withholding the names and address of

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, Petitioner~s customers. Respondent has an obligation to comply with Government Code

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'6254.16 and protect municipal utility customers from disclosure of information that

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would invade their privacy or compromise their personal safety.

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34. Petitioner is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Respondent~s intended

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disclosure of Petitioner's customers' names and address on August 7,2015 violates

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35. The CPRA expressly exempts residence addresses from disclosure in numerous

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instances, as follows:

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1. Gov. Code 6253(f) for arrestees and vict~ms of crime;


2. Gov. Code 6254(u) for prosecutors, public defenders, peace officers, judges, court
commissioners, and magistrates;
3. Gov. Code 6254.1 for Department of Housing and Community Development and
Department of Motor Vehicles;
. 4. Gov. Code 6254.21 for elected or appointed officials and their spouses and
children on the Internet, which includes state constitutional officers, members of the
Legislature, judges and court commissioners, district attorneys, public defenders,
members of a city council, members of a board of supervisors, appointees of the
Governor, appointees of the Legislature, mayors, city attorneys, police chiefs and
sheriffs, a public safety official, as defined in
5. Gov. Code 6254.24, state administrative law judges, federal judges and federal
defenders, and members of the United States Congress and appointees of the
President;
6. Gov. Code 6254.3 for state employees and employees of a school district or county
office of education; and
7. Gov. Code 6254.4 for voter registration information.

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36. Petitioner is entitled to mandamus and to file this "Reverse CPRA" action pursuant to

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order to compel Respondent to comply with the CPRA and protect the confidentiality of

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Petitioner's customers' names and addresses.

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37. Petitioner seeks a declaration from this court pursuant to Government Code 6258 that

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it is unlawful for Respondent to disclose the name and address of Petitioner's customers

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to Requestor.

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38. Petitioner has performed all conditions precedent to the filing of this petition by

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objecting to Respondent and demanding that the names and addresses of its customers

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remain redacted.
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, these records. Notwithstanding such" ability, and despite Petitioner's demand for

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Respondent to withhold the records, Respondent continues to fail and refuse to redact

the names and addresses of Petitioner's customers.

40. Petitioner has no plain, speedy, and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law,

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other than the relief sought in this petition, because pursuant to the CPRA, no other

judicial, administrative, or contractual remedy is available to Petitioner: Furthermore,

release of the names and addresses would render any subsequent judicial,

administrative, or contractual remedy moot.

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1. That the court issue a preemptory writ in the first instance commanding respondent to

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comply with the California Constitution and the CPRA and protect the confidentiality of

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Petitioner's customers' names and addresses.


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2. That the court, alternatively, first issue an alternative writ commanding respondent to

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comply with the California Constitution and the CPRA and protect the confidentiality of

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Petitioner's customers' names and addresses; or, in the alternative, show cause why it

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should not do so, and thereafter issue a peremptory writ commanding respondent to

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comply with the California Constitution and the CPRA and protect the confidentiality of

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Petitioner's customers' names and addresses.

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DATED: July 3,0,2015

MICHAEL N. FEUER, City Attorney


RICHARD M. BROWN, General Counsel,
Water and Power
RICHARD TOM, Assistant General Counsel
JULIE RILEY, Deputy City Attorney

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TINA SHIM
Deputy City Attorney

Attorney for Petitioner, CITY OF LOS


ANGELES acting by and through the LOS
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VERIFICATION

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

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COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

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I, the undersigned, say: I am the Interim Chief Administrative Officer of Plaintiff CITY OF

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LOS ANGELES for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the above entitled action; I
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have read the foregoing VERIFIED COMPLAINT AND PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE

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FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF and know the contents thereof; and that the

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same is true of my own knowledge, except as to the matters which are therein stated upon my

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information or belief, and as to those matters that I believe them to be true.

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I, declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

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. Executed on July 29,2015 at Los Angeles, California.

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VERIFICATION OF DAVID WRIGHT

DQ~INAL
~TIORNEY

FOR COURT USE ONLY

OR PARTY WITHOUT ATIORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address):

Michael N. Feuer, City Attorney


Richard M. Brown, General Counsel, Water and Power
TINA SHIM, Deputy City Attorney (SBN 233910)
III N. Hope'Street, Rrn 340, Los Angeles, CA 90012

FILED

213 367-2372
FAX NO. 213 367-4588
ATIORNEY FOR (Name): Plaintiff City of Los Ai:lgeles
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF Los Angeles
STREET ADDRESS: 111 N. Hill Street
TELEPHONE NO.:

superior Court Of Callfornlll


COlmty Of Los Aneeles

JUL 30 1015

MAILING ADDRESS:

BRANCH

N."~

CASE NAME:

Shem K. ~" vull:erlClerk

Los An 1es, CA 90012


Central istrict

15
Cit)' of Los Angeles, acting by and through the LOs

CITY AND ZIP CODE:

' Deputy

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By'

Angeles Department of Water and Power v. Metropolitan


Water District of Southern California
CIVil CASE COVER SHEET
Complex Case uesignation
Unlimited
Limited
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CASE NUMBER:

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JUDGE:

demanded
exceeds $25,000)

demanded is
Filed with first appearance by defendant
DEPT:
$25,000 or less)
(Cal. Rules' of Court, rule 3.402)
Items 1-6 below must be completed (see instructions on page 2).
1. Check one box below for the case type that best describes this case:
Auto Tort
Contract
Provisionally Complex Civil Litigation
(Cal. Rules of Court, rules 3.400-3.403)
Auto (22)
Breach of contract/warranty (06)
D
AntitrustlTrade regulation (03)
Uninsured motorist (46)
Rule 3.740 collections (09)

o
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Other PIIPDIWD (Personal Injury/Property


DamagelWrongful Death) Tort

Asbestos (04)
Product liability (24)
Medical malpractice (45)
Other PIIPDIWD (23)
Non.PI/PDIWD (Other) Tort

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o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
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Other collections (09)


Insurance coverage (18)

Other contract (37)


Real Property
Eminent domain/Inverse
condemnation (14)
Wrongful eviction (33)

D
D

Business tort/unfair business practice (07)


Other real property (26)
Civil rights (08)
Unlawful Detainer
Defamation (13)
Commercial (31)
Fraud (16)
Residential (32)

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Construction defect (10)


Mass tort (40)

Securities litigation (28)


EnvironmentalfToxic tort (30)

Insurance coverage claims arising from the


above listed provisionally complex case
types (41)

Enforcement of Judgment

Enforcement of judgment (20)

Miscellaneous Civil Complaint

RICO(27)

Other complaint (not specified above) (42)

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D
D

Intellectual property (19)


Professional negligence (25)
Other non-PIIPDIWD tort (35)
Employment
Wrongful tennination (36)
Other employment (15)

2.

D
D
D
D
D

Drugs (38)
Judicial Review
Asset forfeiture (05)
Petition re: arbitration award (11)
~ Writ of mandate (02)
Other judicial review' (39)

Miscellaneous Civil Petition


Partnership and corporate governance (21)
Other petition (not specified'above) (43)

This case
is
is not
complex under rule 3.400 of the California Rules of Court. If the case is complex, mark the
factors requiring exceptional jUdicial management:
a.

b.

c.

Large number of separately represented parties

d.

EX1ensive motion practice raising difficult o~ novel


issues that will be time-consuming to resolve

e. D

Substantial amount of documentary evidence

f.

3.

Remedies sought (check all that apply): a.O monetary

4.

Number of causes of action (specify):

Large number of witnesses


Coordination with related actions pending in one or more courts
in other counties, states, or countries, or in a federal court
Substantial postjudgment judicial supervision

b.~ nonmonetary; declaratory or injunctive relief

c. Dpunitive

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5. This case D is
is not a class action suit.
'6. (!~ there are any known related cases, file and serve a notice of related case.
Date!

July 30, 2015

'TINA SHIM
(TYPE OR PRINT NAME)

i).'

NOTICE

..Elaintiff must file this cover sheet with the first paper filed in the action or proceeding (except small claims cases or cases filed
(.under the Probate Code, Family Code, or Welfare and Institutions Code). (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.220.) Failure to file may result
jn sanctions.
.
- File this cover sheet in addition to any cover sheet required by local court rule.
-ilf;this case is complex under rule 3.400 et seq. of the California Rules of Court, you must serve copy of this cover sheet on all
.Qther parties to the action or proceeding .
'.Unless this is a collections case under rule 3.740 or a complex case, this cover sheet will be used for statistical purposes onlv,

.
Forni Adopted for Mandatory Use
Judicial Council of California
CM i 010 [Rev. JUly 1, 2007]

I"ae1012

CIVil CASE COVER SHEET

Cal. Rules of Court, rules 2.30, 3.220, 3.400-3.403, 3.740;


Cal Standards of Judicial Administration, std. 3.10
www.coultinfo.ca.gov

SHORT TITLE:

f Souther.n

LADWP v. Metropolitan Water District Q

Cal,

forn .CaASE N~MBER

CIVIL CASE COVER SHEET ADDENDUM AND


STATEMENT OF LOCATION
(CERTIFICATE OF GROUNDS FOR ASSIGNMENT TO COURTHOUSE LOCATION)
This form is required pursuant to Local Rule 2.3 in all new civil case filings in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Item I. Check the types of hearing and fill in the estimated length of hearing expected for this case:
JURY TRIAL?

YES

CLASS ACTION?

YES LIMITED CASE? YES

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TIME ESTIMATED FOR TRIAL

Item II. Indicate the correct district and courthouse location (4 steps -If you checked "Limited Case", skip to Item III, Pg. 4):

Step 1: After first completing the Civil Case Cover Sheet form, find the main Civil Case Cover Sheet heading for your
case in the left margin below, and, to the right in Column A, the Civil Case Cover Sheet case type you selected.
Step 2: Check smt Superior Court type of action in Column B below which best describes the nature of this case.
Step 3: In Column C, circle the reason for the court location choice that applies to the type of action you have
checked. For any exception to the court location, see Local Rule 2.3.

Applicable Reasons for Choosing Courthouse Location (see Column C below)


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Class actions must be filed in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, central district.
May be filed in central (other county, or no bodily injury/property damage).
Location where cause of action arose.
Location where bodily injury, death or damage occurred.
Location where performance required or defendant resides.

6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.

Location of property or permanently garaged vehicle.


Location where petitioner resides.
Location wherein defendanVrespondent functions wholly.
Location where one or more of the parties reside.
Location of Labor Commissioner Office
.
Mandatory Filing Location (Hub Case)

Step 4: Fill in the information requested on page 4 in Item III; complete Item IV. Sign the declaration.

Auto (22)

A7100 Motor Vehicle - Personallnjury/Property DamagelWrongful Death

1.,2.,4.

Uninsured Motorist (46)

A7110 Personallnjury/Property DamagelWrongful Death - Uninsured Motorist

1., 2., 4.

A6070 Asbestos Property Damage

2.

A7221 Asbestos - PersonallnjurylWrongful Death

2.

Product Liability (24)

A7260 Product Liability (not asbestos or toxic/environmental)

1.,2.,3.,4.,8.

o
o

A7210 Medical Malpractice - Physicia-ns & Surgeons \

Medical Malpractice (45)

1.,4.

A7240 Other Professional Health Care Malp'ractice

1.,4.

Asbestos (04)

Other Personal
Injury Property
Damage Wrongful
Death (23)

L;ACIV 109 (Rev 3/15)


l()rC Approved 03-04

o
o

A7250 ~remises Liability (e.g., slip and fall)

A7270 Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

A7220 Other Personallnjury/Property DamagelWrongful Death

A7230 Intentional Bodily Injury/Property DamagelWrongful Death (e.g.,


assault, vandalism, etc.)

CIVIL CASE COVER SHEET ADDENDUM


AND STATEMENT OF LOCATION

1.,4.
~

1.,4.
1.,3.
1.,4.

Local Rule 2.3

Page 1 of4

SHORT TITLE:

LADWP v. Metropolitan Water District

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CASE NUMBER

of Southern Califor ia

"'

Civil Case Cover Sheet


Category No.

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B ..
,

Type of Action~r;'
(Check only. one)

C Applicable
.Reasons - See Step 3
Above

Business Tort (07)

A6029 Other CommerciaUBusiness Tort (not fraud/breach of contract)

1.,3.

CDt-

Civil Rights (08)

A6005 Civil Rights/Discrimination

1.,2.,3.

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Defamation (13)

A6010 Defamation (slander/libel)

1.,2.,3.

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e

Fraud (16)

A6013 Fraud (no contract)

1.,2.,3.

A6017 Legal Malpractice

1.,.2.,3.

A6050 Other Professional Malpractice (not medical or legal)

1.,2.,3.

Other (35)

A6025 Other Non-Personal Injury/Property Damage tort

2.,3.

Wrongful Termination (36)

A6037 Wrongful Termination

1.,2.,3.

A6024 Other Employment Complaint Case

1.,2.,3.

A6109 Labor Commissioner Appeals

10.

A6004 Breach of RentaULease Contract (not unlawful detainer or wrongful


eviction)

2.,5.

A6008 ContractlWarranty Breach -Seller Plaintiff (no fraud/negligence)

A6019 Negligent Breach of ContractlWarranty (no fraud)

A6028 Other Breach of ContractlWarranty (not fraud or negligence)

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Professional Negligence (25)

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Other Employment (15)

Breach of Contractl Warranty


(06)
(not insurance)

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1.,2.,5.
1.,2.,5.

A6002 Collections Case-Seller Plaintiff

2.,5.,6,11

A6012 Other Promissory Note/Collections Case

2.,5, 11

A6034 Collections Case-Purchased Debt (Charged Off Consumer Debt


Purchased on or after Januarv 1 2014\

5,6,11

A6015 Insurance Coverage (not complex)

1.,2.,5.,8.

A6009 Contractual Fraud

1.,2.,3.,5.

A6031 Tortious Interference

1.,2.,3.,5.

A6027 Other Contract Dispute(not breachlinsurance/fraud/negligence)

1.,2.,3.,8.

Eminent Domain/Inverse
Condemnation (14)

A7300 Eminent Domain/Condemnation

Wrongful Eviction (33)

A6023 Wrongful Eviction Case

2.,6.

A6018 Mortgage Foreclosure

2.,6.

A6032 Quiet Title

2.,6.

A6060 Other Real Property (not eminent domain, landlord/tenant, foreclosure)

2.,6.

Unlawful Detainer-Commercial
(31)

A6021 Unlawful Detainer-Commercial (not drugs or wrongful eviction)

2.,6.

Unlawful Detainer-Residential
132\

A6020 Unlawful Detainer-Residential (not drugs or wrongful eviction)

2.,6.

Unlawful DetainerPost-Foreclosure 134\

A6020F Unlawful Detainer-Post-Foreclosure

2.,6.

Unlawful Detainer-Drugs (38)

A6022 Unlawful Detainer-Drugs

2.,6.

Collections (09)

Insurance Coverage (18)

Other Contract (37)

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2.,5.

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Other Real Property (26)

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LAGP.1 109 (Rev 3/15)


LA~g-f'pproved 03-04

CIVIL CASE COVER SHEET ADDENDUM


AND STATEMENT OF LOCATION

Local Rule 2.3


Page 2 of 4

SHORT TITLE:

LADWP v. Metropolitan Water District

.J

CASE NUMBER

of Southern Cal; forll; a

Asset Forfeiture (05)

A6108 Asset Forfeiture Case

2.,6.

Petition re Arbitration (11)

A6115 Petition to C'ompeVConfinnNacate Arbitration

2.,5.

A6151 Writ - Administrative Mandamus

2.,8.

Writ of Mandate (02)

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A6152 Writ - Mandamus on limited Court Case Matter

2.

A6153 Writ - Other limited Court Case Review

2.

Other Judicial Review (39)

A6150 OtherWritlJudicial Review

2.,8.

AntitrustlTrade Regulation (03)

A6003 AntitrustlTrade Regulation

1.,2.,8.

Construction Defect (10)

A6007 Construction Defect

1.,2.,3.

Claims Involving Mass Tort


(40)

A6006 Claims Involving Mass Tort

1.,2.,8.

Securities litigation (28)

A6035 Securities litigation Case

1.,2.,8.

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"iii

Toxic Tort
Environmental (30)

A6036 Toxic TortlEnvironmental

1.,2.,3.,8.

Insurance Coverage Claims


from Complex Case (41)

A6014 Insurance Coverage/Subrogation (complex case only)

1.,2.,5.,8.

A6141 Sister State Judgment

2.,9.

A6160 Abstract of Judgment

2.,6.

Enforcement
of Judgment (20)

o
o
o
o
o
o

A6107 Confession of Judgment (non-domestic relations)

2.,9.

A6140 Administrative Agency Award (not unpaid taxes)

2.,8.

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RICO (27)

Other Complaints
(Not Specified Above) (42)

Partnership Corporation
Governance (21)

Other Petitions (Not


Specified Above) (43)

LAq1Y.109 (Rev 3/15)


LASC...f-pproved 03-04
1,_,_ I

A6114 Petition/Certificate for Entry of Judgment on Unpaid Tax

2.,8.

A6112 Other Enforcement of Judgment Case

2.,8.,9.

A6033 Racketeering (RICO) Case

1.,2.,8.

A6030 Declaratory Relief Only

1.,2.,8.

A6040 Injunctive Relief Only (not domestic/harassment)

2.,8.

o
o

A6011 Other Commercial Complaint Case (non-tortlnon-complex)

1.,2.,8.

A6000 Other Civil Complaint (non-tortlnon-complex)

1.,2.,8.

A6113 Partnership and Corporate Governance Case

2.,8.

o
o
o

A6121 Civil Harassment

2:,3.,9.

A6123 Workplace Harassment

2.,3.,9.

A6124 Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Case

2.,3.,9.

A6190 Election Contest

2.

A6110 Petition for Change of Name

2.,7.

A6170 Petition for Relief from Late Claim Law

2.,3.,4.,8.

A6100 Other Civil Petition

2.,9.

CIVIL CASE COVER SHEET ADDENDUM


AND STATEMENT OF LOCATION

Local Rule 2.3


Page 3 of4 (

SHORT TITLE:

'

CASE NUMBER

LADWP v. Metropolitan Water District

of Southern Cal ifor 1 a

Item III. Statement of Location: Enter the address of the accident, party's residence or place of business, performance, or other
circumstance indicated in Item II., Step 3. on Page 1, as the proper reason for filing in the court location you selected.
ADDRESS:

REASON: Check the appropriate boxes for the numbers shown


under Column C for the type of action that you have selected for
this case.

p 1. 0 2. 0 3. 04.05.06.07.

08.0 9.010.011.
STATE:

CITY:

Metropolitan Water District of Southern Cal forni a


700 N. Alameda Street
Los 'Ange1es , CA 90012

ZIP CODE:

Item IV. Declaration ofAssignment: I declare under penalty of pe~ury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true
and correct and that the above-entitled matter is properly filed for assignment to the Stanley Mask
Central

courthouse in the

District of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles [Code Civ. Proc., 392 et seq., and Local

Rule 2.3, subd.(a).

Dated:

July 30, 2015

PLEASE HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS COMPLETED AND READY TO BE FILED IN ORDER TO PROPERLY
COMMENCE YOUR NEW COURT CASE:
1.

Original Complaint or Petition.

2.

If filing a Complaint, a completed Summons form for issuance by the Clerk.

3.

Civil Case Cover Sheet, Judicial Council form CM-01 O.

4.

Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum and Statement of Location form, LACIV 109, LASC Approved 03-04 (Rev.
03/15).

5.

Payment in full of the filing fee, unless fees have been waived.

6.

A signed order appointing the Guardian ad Litem, Judicial Council form CIV-01 0, if the plaintiff or petitioner is a
minor under 18 years of age will be required by Court in order to issue a summons.

7. Additional copies of documents to be conformed by the Clerk. Copies of the cover sheet and this addendum
must be served along with the summons and complaint, or other initiating pleading in the case.

(::)

LAf:H/109 (Rev 3/15)


LA~R
',_.'

Approved 03-04

CIVIL CASE COVER SHEET ADDENDUM


AND STATEMENT OF LOCATION

Local Rule 2.3


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