United States District Court, C.D. California
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
G. ROSENBERG United States Magistrate Judge
filed this action on December 10, 2015. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(c), the parties consented to proceed before the
magistrate judge. (Dkt. Nos. 12, 13.) On June 19, 2017, the
parties filed a Joint Stipulation (“JS”) that
addressed the disputed issues. The court has taken the matter
under submission without oral argument.
reviewed the entire file, the court affirms the decision of
10, 2012, Bradford filed applications for disability
insurance benefits and supplemental security income, and
alleged an onset date of July 1, 2011. Administrative Record
(“AR”) 25. The applications were denied initially
and on reconsideration. AR 25, 68-69, 96-97. Bradford
requested a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”). On June 9, 2014, the ALJ conducted a
hearing at which Bradford and a vocational expert testified.
11, 2014, the ALJ issued a decision denying benefits. AR
22-34. On September 30, 2015, the Appeals Council denied the
request for review. AR 12-17. This action followed.
to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), this court has authority to
review the Commissioner's decision to deny benefits. The
decision will be disturbed only if it is not supported by
substantial evidence, or if it is based upon the application
of improper legal standards. Moncada v. Chater, 60
F.3d 521, 523 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam); Drouin v.
Sullivan, 966 F.2d 1255, 1257 (9th Cir. 1992).
evidence” means “more than a mere scintilla but
less than a preponderance - it is such relevant evidence that
a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support the
conclusion.” Moncada, 60 F.3d at 523. In
determining whether substantial evidence exists to support
the Commissioner's decision, the court examines the
administrative record as a whole, considering adverse as well
as supporting evidence. Drouin, 966 F.2d at 1257.
When the evidence is susceptible to more than one rational
interpretation, the court must defer to the
Commissioner's decision. Moncada, 60 F.3d at