United States District Court, E.D. California
April 22, 2014
ROBERT VARELA, Plaintiff,
SELMA POLICE DEPARTMENT, et al., Defendants.
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS THAT PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT BE DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE
OBJECTIONS DUE: 14 DAYS (Doc. 1)
SHEILA K. OBERTO, Magistrate Judge.
I. INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
On September 18, 2013, Plaintiff Robert Varela ("Plaintiff"), representing himself in propria persona, filed a complaint against Defendants Selma Police Department, Danny Barcellos, Maria Cuevas, Google Street View, Yahoo.com, Sprint Cellular, facebook.com, and spoofapp.com. (Doc. 1.) The complaint sets forth Plaintiff's address as the Fresno County Jail. (Doc. 1.) Plaintiff filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis, which was granted on February 4, 2014, and the order was served on Plaintiff by mail. On February 7, 2014, the order was returned as "undeliverable, " and indicated Plaintiff was "Not In Custody."
For the reasons set forth below, the Court RECOMMENDS that Plaintiff's complaint be DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to the Local Rules of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Rule 183(b).
Local Rule 183(b) provides:
A party appearing in propria persona shall keep the Court and opposing parties advised as to his or her current address. If mail directed to a plaintiff in propria persona by the Clerk is returned by the U.S. Postal Service, and if such plaintiff fails to notify the Court and opposing parties within sixty-three (63) days thereafter of a current address, the Court may dismiss the action without prejudice for failure to prosecute.
Plaintiff has not provided the Court with a current address, and more than sixty-three (63) days have passed since mail from the Court was first returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. The Court has no way to contact Plaintiff; the address set forth in the complaint is not current. As such, pursuant to Local Rule 183(b), "the Court may dismiss the action without prejudice for failure to prosecute."
III. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
Accordingly, the Court HEREBY RECOMMENDS that the complaint be DISMISSED without prejudice pursuant to Local Rule 183(b) due to Plaintiff's failure to provide the Court with a current, valid address and the case be administratively closed.
These findings and recommendations are submitted to the district judge assigned to this action, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and this Court's Local Rule 304. Within fourteen (14) days of service of this recommendation, any party may file written objections to these findings and recommendations with the Court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." The district judge will review the magistrate judge's findings and recommendations pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). The parties are advised that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the district judge's order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).
IT IS SO ORDERED.