Aleshire & Wynder, LLP Secures A Legal Win for Restoring Local Control on Housing After Court Rules In Favor of Five California Charter Cities Declaring Senate Bill 9 Unconstitutional

Aleshire & Wynder, LLP

Irvine, CaliforniaAleshire & Wynder, LLP  is proud to announce on April 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM, the Honorable Curtis A. Kin in Department 86 of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a ruling granting a Petition for Writ of Mandate challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 9, as applied to charter cities.  Senate Bill 9 requires all California cities to ministerially approve an application for a lot split, and up to four total housing units, on a single family residential lot that meets certain specified criteria.

Five charter cities – Carson, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Del Mar, and Whitter – initiated a lawsuit in early 2022 against the State of California, claiming that Senate Bill 9 is unconstitutional and invalid against charter cities.  The League of California Cities and the City of Cerritos filed respective amicus briefs in the Trial Court in support of the Charter cities’ position.  After extensive briefing and two hearings in Department 86, the Court ruled in favor of the five charter cities. 

In this litigation, the charter cities are represented by Managing Partner Sunny Soltani, Equity Partner Pam Lee, Partner Michelle Villarreal, and Associate Shukan Patel of Aleshire & Wynder, LLP, along with Michael Webb from the Redondo Beach City Attorney’s office. 

For further information on what this ruling means or how your city can benefit from this decision, please contact Pam Lee at or visit

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
City of Redondo Beach, et al. v. Rob Bonta, et al.
Case No. 22STCP01143

Aleshire & Wynder, LLP provides unparalleled legal representation to public agencies throughout California. Our attorneys have been loyally serving public agencies for over 50 years. As a full service law firm, we handle all aspects of our clients’ needs and provide innovative, ethical and cost-effective solutions. Individually and collectively, we love public service. We enjoy the complexity and variety of issues, including unique areas of law such as land use, constitutional and environmental law. We also enjoy the dynamic of the political process and working with elected officials and professional staff who are similarly motivated to serve the public. Above all, we have a deep appreciation for democratic values and processes at the local level.

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