Altmann v. CityofAgouraHillsCity Council
Plaintiff Mary Altmann, in propria persona, successfully petitioned for a writ of mandate against the City of Agoura Hills City Council (the City), and sought her costs and attorney fees as the prevailing party under Code of Civil Proceduresection 1021.5. The trial court awarded Altmann some of her costs and attorney fees for legal work done by a retained attorney (who did not appear in the action), but denied other costs and fees for legal work Altmann (who is not a licensed attorney) did herself. Altmann appeals from the post-judgment orders, contending that she was entitled to all of her costs and fees because she was acting as a private attorney general. The City cross-appeals, contending that Altmann was not entitled to any attorney fees under section 1021.5. Neither partys contention has merit. Accordingly, Court affirm the orders.