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Walnut Creek Police Officers' Ass'n v. City of Walnut Creek

COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FOUR
Mar 12, 2019
33 Cal.App.5th 940 (Cal. Ct. App. 2019)

Opinion

A156477

03-12-2019

WALNUT CREEK POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. CITY OF WALNUT CREEK et al., Defendants and Respondents; First Amendment Coalition et al., Interveners and Appellants. [And five other cases.]

Counsel for plaintiffs and appellants: RAINS LUCIA STERN ST. PHALLE & SILVER, PC, Michael L. Rains, Rockne A. Lucia, Jr., Timothy K. Talbot, Zachery A. Lopes, Pleasant Hill Counsel for defendants and respondents: CITY OF CONCORD, Joshua K. Clendenin, San Francisco, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, Hannah M. Shafsky, Danville, CITY OF MARTINEZ, Mary Ann Mason, CITY OF RICHMOND, Bruce Goodmiller, Shannon Lee Moor, COLE HUBER LLP, Derek P. Cole, Roseville, WALTER & PISTOLE APC, John A. Abaci, City of Martinez Counsel for interveners and appellants: CALIFORNIA FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION, David E. Snyder, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, Christine P. Sun, SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP, Tenaya Rodewald, James M. Chadwick, Palo Alto.


Counsel for plaintiffs and appellants: RAINS LUCIA STERN ST. PHALLE & SILVER, PC, Michael L. Rains, Rockne A. Lucia, Jr., Timothy K. Talbot, Zachery A. Lopes, Pleasant Hill

Counsel for defendants and respondents: CITY OF CONCORD, Joshua K. Clendenin, San Francisco, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, Hannah M. Shafsky, Danville, CITY OF MARTINEZ, Mary Ann Mason, CITY OF RICHMOND, Bruce Goodmiller, Shannon Lee Moor, COLE HUBER LLP, Derek P. Cole, Roseville, WALTER & PISTOLE APC, John A. Abaci, City of Martinez

Counsel for interveners and appellants: CALIFORNIA FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION, David E. Snyder, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, Christine P. Sun, SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP, Tenaya Rodewald, James M. Chadwick, Palo Alto.

THE COURT :

Pollak, P. J., Tucher, J., and Brown, J. participated in the decision.
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The petitions for writ of supersedeas filed in these consolidated matters are denied. Appellants have not shown that "substantial questions will be raised on appeal." ( Smith v. Selma Community Hospital (2010) 188 Cal.App.4th 1, 18, 115 Cal.Rptr.3d 416.) The appeals center around amendments enacted this year to Penal Code section 832.7 that expand public access to certain peace officer records maintained by a state or local agency. (See Pen. Code, § 832.7, subd. (b)(1).) Appellants assert that applying the 2019 amendments to compel disclosure of records created prior to 2019 constitutes an improper retroactive application of the new law. For the reasons stated by the trial court, appellants’ argument is without merit. Although the records may have been created prior to 2019, the event necessary to "trigger application" of the new law—a request for records maintained by an agency—necessarily occurs after the law’s effective date. ( People v. Grant (1999) 20 Cal.4th 150, 157, 83 Cal.Rptr.2d 295, 973 P.2d 72 ["the critical question for determining retroactivity usually is whether the last act or event necessary to trigger application of the statute occurred before or after the statute's effective date"].) The new law also does not change the legal consequences for peace officer conduct described in pre-2019 records. (See ibid . [application of new law is retroactive "only if it attaches new legal consequences to, or increases a party’s liability for, an event, transaction, or conduct that was completed before the law’s effective date"].) Rather, the new law changes only the public's right to access peace officer records.

The temporary stay issued by this court on February 15, 2019, will expire at 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2019.

Interveners’ motion for calendar preference and expedited briefing is denied.


Summaries of

Walnut Creek Police Officers' Ass'n v. City of Walnut Creek

COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FOUR
Mar 12, 2019
33 Cal.App.5th 940 (Cal. Ct. App. 2019)
Case details for

Walnut Creek Police Officers' Ass'n v. City of Walnut Creek

Case Details

Full title:WALNUT CREEK POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION, Appellant, v. CITY OF WALNUT…

Court:COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION FOUR

Date published: Mar 12, 2019

Citations

33 Cal.App.5th 940 (Cal. Ct. App. 2019)
245 Cal. Rptr. 3d 398

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