On Thursday night, Nov. 8, the California Department of Justice filed a “notice of appeal” in Orange County Superior Court regarding Judge James Crandall’s September ruling that Huntington Beach could ignore California’s contentious “sanctuary state” law, Senate Bill 54.
SB 54 limits interaction between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials — with exceptions, including cases that involve violent or “serious” felonies. Last March the Los Alamitos City Council voted to “opt out” of the law on the grounds that it was in conflict with federal law and promptly was sued by the ACLU and a local attorney. Shortly after Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that SB 54 unconstitutionally interferes with the city’s charter authority to enforce local laws and regulations. Crandall was assigned both lawsuits since they were similar in nature.
Shortly after Crandall ruled for Huntington Beach, the ACLU requested their suit against Los Alamitos be put on hold, until have been exhausted in the Huntington Beach case.
A longer article by Susan Christian Goulding for the OC Register can be read here.