DSA Litigation Regarding Measure F

On December 21, 2021, the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) and Noah Frederito filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory Relief against the County of Placer.  The petition was subsequently amended on January 21, 2022.  The amended petition alleges that the County violated California Election Code § 9125 and Placer County Code § 3.12.040 when the County passed an ordinance amending Placer County Code § 3.12.040 and enacted a salary increase for DSA members that was above what the Measure F formula would provide.  The petitioners argue that the original Measure F local initiative enacted in 1976 cannot be amended or repealed except by a vote of the people. Petitioners request that the Court restore the original language of Measure F.

On May 2, 2023, the Placer County Superior Court filed its final ruling granting the County's Motion for Summary Judgment.  The Court found that Measure F is unconstitutional and was invalid at inception.  Additionally, Measure F violated state statute requiring public employers to negotiate compensation and also conflicts with the Placer County Charter.  Since the Court has now affirmed the Board of Supervisors' legal responsibility and authority to negotiate employee wages, the Board is looking forward to a fresh chapter in negotiations.

Placer County Superior Court Ruling - Motion for Summary Judgement - May 2, 2023

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