James Blanchard vs. Edmund Sotelo in his official capacity as City Manager for the City of Oxnard

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The court's tentative ruling is to:

Deny the Petition for Writ of Mandate. Respondent Sotelo's upholding of petitioner's demotion from Fire Captain to Fire Engineer was not an abuse of discretion because he did not fail to proceed in the manner required by law and his findings were supported by the weight of the evidence.


The only decision the court reviews here is Sotelo's decision t........