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The Real Property Section Newsletter is published monthly by the Real Property Law Section.

Teresa Y. Hillery
Vice President and Trial Counsel
Fidelity National Law Group

Real Property Executive Committee:


Brant Dveirin

First Vice Chair
Susan J. Booth

Second Vice Chair
Caroline Dreyfus

Claire Hervey Collins

Eric Altoon 

Barristers Liaison
Kelsey Thayer

Section Administrator
Fatima Jones


Nedra E. Austin
Michael J. Bayard
Martha C. Bringas
Elizabeth Spedding Calciano
William G. Coskran
Robert T. Flick
Peter A. Gelles
Daniel L. Goodkin
Marcia Z. Gordon
Owen P. Gross
Byron Hayes, Jr
Marybeth Heydt
Lore A. Hilburg, Esq
Teresa Y. Hillery
Laurence L. Hummer
Gordon Hunt
Bryan C. Jackson
Robert D. Jaffe
Donna E. Kirkner
Michael S. Klein
Mark L. Lamken
Trudi J. Lesser
Gregg J. Loubier
Victor I. Marmon
Jerold L. Miles
O'Malley M. Miller
Donald C. Nanney
Gytis L. Nefas
Beth Peterson
Nadav Ravid
D. Eric Remensperger
James D. Richman
Misty Marie Sanford
Floyd Sayer
Margaret J. Schock
Ronald I. Silverman
Linda E. Spiegel
Sarah V J Spyksma
Theresa C. Tate
Kelsey M. Thayer
Timothy M. Truax
Richard S. Volpert
Ira J. Waldman
Brandon Dominic Ward
Alan Wayte
Pamela L. Westhoff
Norma J. Williams
Grace Winters
Andrew (Andy) J. Yamamoto
Paula Reddish K. Zinnemann


Construction Law,
Donna Kirkner

Finance Committee,
Owen Gross

General Property,
Beth Peterson

Land Use Planning and Environmental Law,
Brandon Ward

Title Insurance,
Lore A. Hilburg

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Thank you for supporting the Real Property Section. It has been an awesome year!

Teresa Y. Hillery
Editor, Real Property Section Newsletter
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Recent Cases
-Eminent Domain-
San Diego Unified School District ("SDUSD") petitioned for a right of entry pursuant to the Eminent Domain statutes. By its petition, it sought to conduct certain investigations and environmental testing on Young's Market Company's property. SDUSD's proposed actions, which are temporary and limited intrusions on the property, neither violate the entry statutes nor do they constitute a taking requiring a jury determination of just compensation.

Young’s Market Company v. Superior Court (San Diego Unified School District) - filed November 19, 2015, Fourth District, Div. One
Cite as 2015 S.O.S. 5514
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-Unlawful Detainer-
Tenant filed a suit against Landlord for breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment and negligent interference with prospective economic relations. Three weeks later, Landlord filed an unlawful detainer (“UD”) action against tenant for failure to pay rent and common area maintenance (“CAM”) charges. In response to the UD action, Tenant filed an anti-SLAPP motion, asserting the UD action arose out of the Tenant’s protected petitioning activity in filing the initial lawsuit. The motion was denied and monetary sanctions against Tenant were imposed for filing a frivolous anti-SLAPP motion.  Landlord’s UD action clearly arose out of Tenant’s failure to pay rent and CAM charges. A nonpaying tenant should not be permitted to frustrate an UD action by initiating litigation against the landlord in order to bring a special motion to strike landlord’s subsequently filed UD action.

Olive Properties v. Coolwaters Enterprises, Inc. - filed October 30, 2015, Second District, Div. Three
Cite as 2015 S.O.S. 5262
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-Unlawful Detainer-
A tenant in an unlawful detainer action may not bring a motion to quash service of the summons on the ground that the landlord did not properly serve the three-day notice to pay rent or quit required under the Unlawful Detainer Act because the three-day notice is an element of an unlawful detainer action.  The court disagreed with the broad language of Delta Imports, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1983) 146 Cal. App. 3d 1033, which held that a motion to quash is the only method to challenge whether a complaint states a cause of action for unlawful detainer.

Borsuk v. Appellate Division of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County (La Hillcreste Apartments, LLC) - filed November 23, 2015, Second District, Div. Four
Cite as 2015 S.O.S. 5606
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