(PC) Valles v. CDCR, et al

Filing 16

ORDER signed by District Judge Troy L. Nunley on 7/14/2021 ADOPTING in FULL 11 Findings and Recommendations. The Complaint is DISMISSED without leave to amend for failure to state a claim. The Clerk of Court is Directed to close the case. CASE CLOSED (Reader, L)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ANDREW VALLES, 12 13 14 15 16 No. 2:20-cv-01905-TLN-AC Plaintiff, v. ORDER CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION, et al., Defendants. 17 18 Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed this civil rights action seeking relief 19 under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The matter was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to 20 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 302. 21 On June 4, 2021, the magistrate judge filed findings and recommendations herein which 22 were served on Plaintiff and which contained notice to Plaintiff that any objections to the findings 23 and recommendations were to be filed within twenty-one days. (ECF No. 11.) Plaintiff has filed 24 objections to the findings and recommendations, (ECF No. 14), as well as a first amended 25 complaint, (ECF No. 15). 26 In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C) and Local Rule 304, this 27 Court has conducted a de novo review of this case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the 28 Court finds the findings and recommendations to be supported by the record and by proper 1 1 analysis. Plaintiff’s amended complaint does nothing to convince the Court that leave to amend 2 would not be futile. As an initial matter, the amended complaint fails to identify any proper 3 defendants. With respect to Plaintiff’s claims, the first claim appears to challenge Plaintiff’s 4 denial of parole and allege discrimination based on his classification as a sex offender. (ECF No. 5 15 at 29–34.) Plaintiff’s equal protection claim was addressed in the June 4, 2021 Findings and 6 recommendation, (ECF No. 11 at 4–5), and his attempt to renew the claim fails for the same 7 reasons. As for the due process claim, the protection afforded to California parole decisions 8 consists solely of the “minimum” procedural requirements set forth in Greenholtz v. Inmates of 9 Nebraska Penal & Correctional Complex, 442 U.S. 1 (1979). Swarthout v. Cooke, 562 U.S. 216, 10 220 (2011). Specifically, that petitioner was provided with “an opportunity to be heard and . . . a 11 statement of the reasons why parole was denied.” Id. (citing Greenholtz, 442 U.S. at 16). In this 12 case Plaintiff was clearly provided both, since he has attached to the complaint the notice 13 advising that he had thirty days to provide a statement as to why he should be released, indicating 14 that he was provided an opportunity to be heard, (ECF No. 15 at 206), and the statement of 15 reasons why his parole was denied, (id. at 200-02). Plaintiff’s second claim appears to be based on his living conditions and medical care 16 17 while housed at the California Institute for Men. Id. at 34–39. Even if Plaintiff were able to state 18 a claim for relief against specifically identified individuals, venue would not be proper in this 19 court because the claims arose in San Bernardino County, which is in the Central District of 20 California. See 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) (venue statute). 21 Finally, the third claim appears to allege that Plaintiff’s right to due process was violated 22 with regard to the administrative grievance process. (ECF No. 15 at 39-42.) However, Plaintiff 23 has no claim for the “loss of a liberty interest in the processing of his appeals . . . because inmates 24 lack a separate constitutional entitlement to a specific prison grievance procedure.” Ramirez v. 25 Galaza, 334 F.3d 850, 860 (9th Cir. 2003) (citing Mann v. Adams, 855 F.2d 639, 640 (9th Cir. 26 1988)). 27 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 28 1. The findings and recommendations filed June 4, 2021, ECF No. 11, are ADOPTED IN 2 1 2 3 4 FULL; 2. The complaint is DISMISSED without leave to amend for failure to state a claim; 3. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case. DATED: July 14, 2021 5 6 7 8 9 Troy L. Nunley United States District Judge 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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