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Colodney v. County of Riverside

United States District Court, C.D. California

April 9, 2015

NATHAN J. COLODNEY, Petitioner,
v.
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE, Respondent.

ORDER GRANTING RESPONDENT'S MOTION TO DISMISS PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS (DOC. No. 12).

VIRGINIA A. PHILLIPS, District Judge.

Pro se Petitioner Nathan J. Colodney ("Colodney") previously brought suit in this Court, complaining that the County of Riverside's actions in discharging him from its employ constituted breach of contract, wrongful termination, and violated various County ordinances.[1] Colodney's instant Petition for Writ of Mandamus ("Petition") contains similar allegations against the County of Riverside. (Doc. No. 1.) The Petition prays that "a Writ of Mandate be issued against the County of Riverside rescinding Mr. Colodney's dismissal as null and void, ordering his immediate reinstatement until the Board [of Supervisors] complies with [the] law, and [an] award [of] damages." (Petition at 9.)

On March 4, 2015, Respondent County of Riverside filed a Motion to Dismiss the Petition ("Motion"). (Doc. No. 12.) Petitioner filed his Opposition to the Motion on March 18, 2015. (Doc. No. 20.) On March 23, 2015, the County filed its Reply. (Doc. No. 21.) The Motion is appropriate for resolution without a hearing; the hearing was previously vacated. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 78; L.R. 7-15. After consideration of the papers filed in support of, and in opposition to, the Motion, the Court GRANTS the Motion, and dismisses the Petition.

Though Colodney styled this action as a petition for writ of mandamus, he asserts that jurisdiction is proper in this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332, as he is a resident of Virginia and "[t]his is an action for a writ of mandate with damages that exceeds (sic) seventy-five thousand dollars ($75, 000.00), the minimum jurisdictional requirement." (Petition at 2.) He requests a writ of mandamus pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 1085. (Id.) Aside from his request for a writ of mandate, the Petition contains no other claims.

California Code of Civil Procedure § 1085, however, "authorizes only state courts to issue writs of mandate." Hill v. Cnty. of Sacramento, 466 F.Appx. 577, 579 (9th Cir. 2012). While courts are authorized to issue writs of mandamus under the All Writs Act, they may only do so where those writs are "necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions ...." 28 U.S.C. § 1651(a) (emphasis added). Thus, the All Writs Act "does not operate to confer jurisdiction and may only be invoked in aid of jurisdiction which already exists." Malone v. Calderon, 165 F.3d 1234, 1237 (9th Cir. 1999). Accordingly, as writs are only to be issued in aid of a court's original jurisdiction, a "request for a writ of mandamus does not itself create federal subject matter jurisdiction." Mance v. United States, 2007 WL 1546094, at *1 (D. Ariz. May 24, 2007).

As this Petition only contains a request for mandamus relief unconnected to any other claim, the Court lacks jurisdiction to consider it. Accordingly, the Court will GRANT the Motion to Dismiss the Petition, with prejudice.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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