Levi Family P'ship v. City of LAAnnotate this Case
The Partnership sought administrative mandamus against the City after the Commission declined to approve an eldercare facility proposed by the Partnership. The trial court denied mandamus, concluding that the Commission's findings were adequate to support its decision. The court concluded that the Partnership's challenge to the Commission's decision fails insofar as it relies on Topanga Assn. for a Scenic Community v. County of Los Angeles (Topanga I). The court further concluded that, in view of Jacobson v. County of Los Angeles and Topanga II, the Commission’s negative “benefit and burden” findings were adequate by themselves -- that is, independent of any supporting discussion -- to support the Commission’s decision under the standards set forth in Topanga I, even though the Commission’s findings used the language of Los Angeles Municipal Code section 14.3.1(E). The court rejected the Partnership's remaining contentions regarding the negative findings under section 14.3.1(E). Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.