San Diegans for Open Gov't v. Fonseca, D077652.

CourtCalifornia Court of Appeals
Citation65 Cal.App.5th 332
Docket NumberNo. D077652.,D077652.
Parties SAN DIEGANS FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. JULIO FONSECA, Defendant and Respondent.
Decision Date08 June 2021

65 Cal.App.5th 332

JULIO FONSECA, Defendant and Respondent.

No. D077652.

Court of Appeals of California, Fourth District, Division One.

June 8, 2021.

[Modification of opinion (64 Cal.App.5th 426; ___ Cal.Rptr.3d ___).]

THE COURT.—IT IS ORDERED that the opinion filed herein on May 19, 2021, be modified as follows:

1. On page 15, [64 Cal.App.5th 438, advance report, fn. 6] footnote 6 is deleted and a new footnote 6 is inserted as follows:

We note SDOG in passing also contends that it has standing under common law standing principles even if section 526a is inapplicable. Because the instant case is not a suit against a government body (i.e., District) involving fraud, collusion, ultra vires or a failure to perform a duty specifically enjoined, but instead an action against an individual (i.e., Fonseca), we conclude SDOG lacks common law standing. (See California DUI Lawyers Assn. v. Department of Motor Vehicles, supra, 20 Cal.App.5th at p. 1264 [concluding "`common law authority for taxpayer suits [states] that a "taxpayer in his representative capacity can sue a municipality only in cases involving fraud, collusion, ultra vires, or a failure on the part of the governmental body to perform a duty specifically enjoined,"'" (italics added & omitted)].) We also conclude SDOG lacks standing under the public interest exception to standing, as this exception "has been judicially recognized only in certain mandamus proceedings and not as an exception to standing under section 526a." (Reynolds v. City of Calistoga (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 865, 873 [167 Cal.Rptr.3d 591].) In light of our decision and this footnote, we decline to address other issues raised by the parties.

There is no change in the judgment.

The petition for rehearing is denied.

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