No. C081929.

27 Cal.App.5th 1056 (2018)

PARADISE IRRIGATION DISTRICT et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. COMMISSION ON STATE MANDATES, Defendant and Respondent; DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES et al., Real Parties in Interest and Respondents.

Court of Appeals of California, Third District.

October 1, 2018.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Minasian, Meith, Soares, Sexton & Cooper, Dustin C. Cooper , Andrew J. McClure and Peter C. Harman for Plaintiffs and Appellants Paradise Irrigation District, South Feather Water & Power Agency, Richvale Irrigation District and Oakdale Irrigation District.

Somach Simmons & Dunn, Andrew M. Hitchings and Alexis K. Stevens for Plaintiffs and Appellants Biggs-West Gridley Water District and Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District.

Jennifer B. Henning for California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Lozano Smith, Sloan R. Simmons , Anne L. Collins and Nicholas J. Clair for California Special Districts Association, Association of California Water Agencies and California Association of Sanitation Agencies as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Camille Shelton and Matthew B. Jones for Defendant and Respondent.

Xavier Becerra , Attorney General, Douglas J. Woods , Thomas S. Patterson , Assistant Attorneys General, Marc A. LeForestier and Peter H. Chang , Deputy Attorneys General, for Real Parties in Interest and Respondents.


This appeal focuses on circumstances in which local water districts may be entitled to subvention for unfunded state mandates. "[S]ubvention" refers to claims by local governments and agencies in California for reimbursement from the state for costs of complying...

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