Caesar v. Horel et al

Filing 28

ORDER re 1 Complaint, filed by Danny L. Caesar. Signed by Judge ARMSTRONG on 10/29/10. (lrc, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/29/2010)

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Caesar v. Horel et al Doc. 28 1 2 3 DANNY CAESAR, 4 5 v. Plaintiff, IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA No. C 08-1977 SBA (PR) ORDER REVIEWING FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT; AND DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE PROOF OF SERVICE OR SHOW CAUSE 6 ROBERT HOREL, et al., 7 Defendants. 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 / BACKGROUND Plaintiff Danny Caesar, who is currently incarcerated at California State Prison - Corcoran, filed this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 against prison officials at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), where he was formerly incarcerated. He seeks monetary damages. He has paid the full filing fee. In his complaint, Plaintiff alleged various claims, including deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs and supervisory liability claims, against the following PBSP prison officials: Warden Robert Horel; Medical Appeals Coordinator J. J. Kravitz; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sayre; Primary Care Provider Dr. Rowe; and Psychiatrist Dr. Douglas. In an Order dated October 21, 2008, the Court dismissed Plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claims 20 for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs with leave to amend in order for him to specify 21 how Defendants were acting with deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Plaintiff's 22 claim against Defendant Kravitz relating to the grievance process was dismissed with prejudice. 23 Plaintiff's supervisory liability claims against Defendants Horel and Sayre were dismissed with leave 24 to amend. Plaintiff's claims against Doe Defendants were dismissed without prejudice, and the Court 25 granted Plaintiff leave to amend to add Doe Defendants if he learned their identities. The Court 26 ordered Plaintiff to file an amended complaint to correct the deficiencies of his claims and to allege 27 exhaustion on his administrative remedies within thirty days of the Order. 28 Also on October 21, 2008, the Court denied Plaintiffs motion for a temporary restraining Dockets.Justia.com 1 order (TRO), in which Plaintiff sought relief in the form a transfer to another prison for the main 2 purposes of "fair" medical care, "avoidance of deliberate torture" and to avoid being "robbed" by 3 Defendant Horel's "Ku Klux Klan styled administration." (Oct. 21, 2008 Order at 7 (citing Mot. for 4 TRO at 1).) 5 On November 17, 2008, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint adding additional defendants, 6 including PBSP Mail Room Supervisor R. Silva; Correctional Lieutenant S. W. Reppond; Physician 7 C. Williams and Mail Room Office Assistant E. Reilly. Plaintiff alleges he filed administrative 8 appeals relating to all the claims in his amended complaint; therefore, he believes that he did 9 everything he could to exhaust his administrative remedies. 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 In his amended complaint, Plaintiff amends his supervisory liability claim against Defendant Horel, who is "responsible for policy, both written and unwritten, thereby setting the standard for the behavior of his staff." (Am. Compl. at 1.) Plaintiff cites numerous grievances that he filed and were subsequently denied, and connects them with Defendant Horel, claiming that "all were presented to [Defendant] Horel or his counterpart, and he chose to do nothing about them, and accordingly, should be held responsible." (Id.) He also amends his supervisory liability claim against Defendant Sayre, and states that Defendant Sayre "forbid Dr. Rowe from giving [him] a referal [sic] to Neurology and Podiatry," and that Defendant Sayre may have also been involved in his pain medication being cancelled." (Pl. Decl. at 2.) Plaintiff also claims that he subscribed to "Show Magazine" in October, 2007. (Am. Compl. 21 at 21.) Plaintiff alleges that he did not receive his December, 2007, April, 2008, and October, 2008 22 issues. (Id.) Plaintiff alleges that he tried to contact the publisher but never received a response. 23 (Id.) Plaintiff believes that Defendants Reilly, Silva and Horel were working in concert to "intercept" 24 his mail and deprive him of his "right to personal property." (Id. at 21-22.) 25 Plaintiff alleges that under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and his status 26 as a disabled veteran, he should qualify for "qualified-disabled-approved-housing-institutions." (Am. 27 Compl. at 24.) Plaintiff claims he qualifies for such approved housing "because of [his] inability to 28 stand for a complete fifteen minute shower, and being very prone to slipping and falling in the 2 1 shower; and [his] need for a wheelchair for daily recreation yard, because [he] can't stand or walk that 2 long/far at one time, and also used for long journeys outside [his] housing unit; a cane for in-cell and 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 inner-unit functioning." (Id. at 24.) Plaintiff claims that Defendants Williams's and Sayre's CDC 1845 denials disqualified him "from adequate housing, or the use of necessary aides." (Id.) Finally, Plaintiff also amends his deliberate indifference claims and declares that even after his previous civil rights action involving medical claims -- Case No. C 05-1098 SBA (pr) -- had been dismissed after the parties reached a settlement agreement in 2007,1 he was still being "forced to live with chronic-nerve-pain in [his] feet, which have now spread upward into [his] left hip." (Pl. Decl. at 1-2.) He claims that he was also being forced to live in an "extremely cold and humid cell." (Id. at 1.) He adds that his "weak stomach" was not being treated as his regular diet consists of everything he should not eat. (Id.) He alleges that Defendants intentionally gave him a "sub-par version of medicines." (Id.) He asserts that "both [his] feet and digestive systems [were] destined to become 14 cancerous." (Id. at 1-2.) He claims that despite his diligent attempts at seeking medical treatment 15 from prison staff for both his weak stomach and chronic nerve pain, Defendants "blockaded" such 16 treatment. (Id. at 2.) 17 On September 30, 2009, Plaintiff filed a renewed motion for a TRO while he was still 18 incarcerated at PBSP. 19 In an Order dated September 30, 2010, the Court noted that, as mentioned above, Plaintiff has 20 since been transferred to Corcoran. The Court added that the transfer to a different prison was 21 important because it made much of his requested relief moot. Therefore, the Court denied his 22 renewed motion for a TRO. The Court further ordered that should Plaintiff seek to allege that some 23 or all of the allegations of deliberate indifference from his original and amended complaints extend to 24 the conditions of his confinement at Corcoran, i.e., any allegations that he is not receiving chronic 25 nerve pain medication or treatment for problems with his digestive system, those claims must be 26 27 28 On July 26, 2007, the Court issued an Order Dismissing Action upon being notified of the settlement of Plaintiff's previous civil rights action. See Case No. C 05-1098 SBA (pr). 3 1 brought in a separate lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1 the proper venue for claims arising in Kings County, where Corcoran is located. See 28 U.S.C. 2 1391(b); 28 U.S.C. 84(b). 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 On October 18, 2010, Plaintiff filed a letter to the Court in reference to the September 30, 2010 Order. Plaintiff's allegations in his letter that "certain staff members" from both Corcoran and PBSP are working in unison in a "systematic deprivation of [Plaintiff's] hygiene, and the means of obtaining, coupled with food and personal property deprivations, as a means of force against [his] voice for [his] constitutional rights" are conclusory. Even if the medical treatment Plaintiff is receiving at Corcoran is a continuation of his treatment at PBSP, Plaintiff may not seek to add such new claims against new Defendants because the alleged violations he is experiencing took place at Corcoran, which is not located in this district. See 28 U.S.C. 1391(b). Thus, Plaintiff must bring such claims in a separate lawsuit in the proper venue. The Court now reviews the amended complaint to determine whether it states cognizable 14 claims for relief. 15 16 I. 17 Exhaustion A question which must be answered before Plaintiff can proceed with his claims is whether he DISCUSSION 18 has exhausted available administrative remedies with respect to each claim. 19 The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Pub. L. No. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321 (1996) 20 (PLRA), amended 42 U.S.C. 1997e to provide that "[n]o action shall be brought with respect to 21 prison conditions under [42 U.S.C. 1983], or any other Federal law, by a prisoner confined in any 22 jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are available are 23 exhausted." 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a). Under this section, an action must be dismissed unless the 24 prisoner exhausted his available administrative remedies before he filed suit, even if the prisoner fully 25 exhausts while the suit is pending. See McKinney v. Carey, 311 F.3d 1198, 1199 (9th Cir. 2002). 26 27 28 "[T]he PLRA's exhaustion requirement applies to all inmate suits about prison life, whether they involve general circumstances or particular episodes, and whether they allege excessive force or some other wrong." Porter v. Nussle, 534 U.S. 516, 532 (2002). Exhaustion of all "available" remedies is 4 1 mandatory; those remedies need not meet federal standards, nor must they be "plain, speedy and 2 effective." Id. at 524; Booth v. Churner, 532 U.S. 731, 739-40 & n.5 (2001). Even when the prisoner 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 seeks relief not available in grievance proceedings, notably money damages, exhaustion is a prerequisite to suit. Id. at 741. The purposes of the exhaustion requirement include allowing the prison to take responsive action, filtering out frivolous cases and creating an administrative record. See Porter, 534 U.S. at 525. The State of California provides its inmates and parolees the right to appeal administratively "any departmental decision, action, condition or policy perceived by those individuals as adversely affecting their welfare." See Cal. Code Regs. tit. 15, 3084.1(a). It also provides its inmates the right to file administrative appeals alleging misconduct by correctional officers. See id. 3084.1(e). In order to exhaust available administrative remedies within this system, a prisoner must proceed through several levels of appeal: (1) informal resolution, (2) formal written appeal on a CDC 602 14 inmate appeal form, (3) second level appeal to the institution head or designee, and (4) third level 15 appeal to the Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. See id. 16 3084.5; Barry v. Ratelle, 985 F. Supp. 1235, 1237 (S.D. Cal. 1997). This satisfies the 17 administrative remedies exhaustion requirement under 1997e(a). See id. at 1237-38. 18 Based on Plaintiff's declaration regarding his administrative appeals and his belief that he did 19 everything he could, the Court concludes that, for the purposes of this preliminary review of 20 Plaintiff's amended complaint, he has satisfactorily shown that he has exhausted his claims. 21 II. 22 23 Amended Legal Claims A. Deliberate Indifference to Serious Medical Needs Deliberate indifference to serious medical needs is a cognizable claim for violation of the 24 Eighth Amendment. See Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 104 (1976); McGuckin v. Smith, 974 F.2d 25 1050, 1059 (9th Cir. 1992), overruled on other grounds by WMX Technologies, Inc. v. Miller, 104 26 F.3d 1133, 1136 (9th Cir. 1997) (en banc); Jones v. Johnson, 781 F.2d 769, 771 (9th Cir. 1986). A 27 determination of "deliberate indifference" involves an examination of two elements: the seriousness 28 of the prisoner's medical need and the nature of the defendant's response to that need. McGuckin, 974 5 1 F.2d at 1059. 2 A "serious" medical need exists if the failure to treat a prisoner's condition could result in 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 further significant injury or the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain. Id. The existence of an injury that a reasonable doctor or patient would find important and worthy of comment or treatment; the presence of a medical condition that significantly affects an individual's daily activities; or the existence of chronic and substantial pain are examples of indications that a prisoner has a "serious" need for medical treatment. Id. at 1059-60. In order for deliberate indifference to be established, there must be a purposeful act or failure to act on the part of the defendant. Id. at 1060. Second, a prisoner can make no claim for deliberate medical indifference unless the denial was harmful. Id.; Shapley v. Nev. Bd. of State Prison Comm'rs, 766 F.2d 404, 407 (9th Cir. 1985). But the court need not find that the defendant's actions are egregious or that they resulted in significant injury to the prisoner in order to find a violation of 14 the prisoner's federal constitutional rights. Id. at 1060, 1061. Here, Plaintiff alleges that Defendants Sayre, Rowe, Douglas, and Williams were deliberately 15 16 indifferent to his serious medical needs. Specifically, Plaintiff claims that Defendants intentionally 17 provided him with "sub-par version of medications," which he believed could cause both his feet and 18 digestive systems "to become cancerous." (Pl. Decl. at 1.) Plaintiff alleges that with his frostbite 19 condition, he has suffered from nerve pain due to a cold cell, as well as mobility complications since 20 he did not have access to a walking aide. (Am. Compl. at 6, 10.) Plaintiff was given Terazosin, 21 Omeprazole and Ranifidine as substitutes to Plaintiff's previous nerve-pain related medications. (Id. 22 at 14.) Plaintiff claims that after trying the substitute medications for a period of time, he found that 23 they were ineffective in alleviating his pain. (Id. at 15.) 24 Plaintiff also sought a referral for a podiatrist to address his athlete's foot fungal condition; 25 however, his request was denied. (Pl. Decl. at 2.) Plaintiff claims that Defendant Rowe was not 26 willing to provide him with enough prescripted foot cream to last for more than thirty days. (Am. 27 Compl. at 20.) Plaintiff claims that having to visit Defendant Rowe for his prescription foot cream 28 refill every thirty days, in addition to medical visits for his other medical complications, was 6 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 1 intolerable due to his limited mobility and lack of a cane or wheelchair. (Id.) 2 Finally, Plaintiff alleges that he suffered from a weak stomach. (Id. at 17.) Plaintiff claims 3 that he was unable to double-cell because his weak stomach causes him to suffer "unbearable 4 flatulence, belching and burping." (Id. at 18.) Plaintiff was seen by a stomach specialist and his 5 former primary care provider, who advised him to avoid eating certain spicy, half-cooked foods and 6 prescribed him with "real" Prilosec. (Id.) Plaintiff alleges that most of the meals he was served at 7 PBSP contained spicy foods and half-cooked meats or vegetables. (Id. at 19.) 8 Plaintiff has addressed the deficiencies of his deliberate indifference claim; therefore, the 9 Court finds that he has alleged a cognizable deliberate indifference to serious medical needs claim 10 against Defendants Sayre, Rowe, Douglas and Williams. 11 B. Supervisory Liability Claims 12 A supervisor may be liable under 1983 upon a showing of personal involvement in the 13 14 constitutional deprivation or a sufficient causal connection between the supervisor's wrongful conduct 15 and the constitutional violation. Redman v. County of San Diego, 942 F.2d 1435, 1446 (9th Cir. 16 1991) (en banc) (citation omitted). A supervisor therefore generally "is liable only for constitutional 17 violations of his subordinates if the supervisor participated in or directed the violations, or knew of 18 the violations and failed to act to prevent them." Taylor v. List, 880 F.2d 1040, 1045 (9th Cir. 1989). 19 This includes evidence that a supervisor implemented "a policy so deficient that the policy itself is a 20 repudiation of constitutional rights and is the moving force of the constitutional violation." Redman, 21 942 F.2d at 1446; see Jeffers v. Gomez, 267 F.3d 895, 917 (9th Cir. 2001). 22 Plaintiff has amended his supervisory liability claims by stating that Defendants Horel and 23 Sayre "participated in or directed the violations, or knew of the violations and failed to act to prevent 24 them." Taylor, 880 F.2d at 1045. Specifically, Plaintiff alleges that, as the warden, Defendant Horel 25 handled Plaintiff's numerous appeals, which denied some of Plaintiff's requests for medical treatment. 26 27 28 Plaintiff claims that, as the chief medical officer, Defendant Sayre was responsible for directing the medical staff to purposely deny him "fair medical care" for his chronic nerve pain and mobility problems. (Pl. Decl. at 2.) 7 1 Plaintiff has addressed the deficiencies of his supervisory liability claims; therefore, he has United States District Court For the Northern District of California 2 adequately pled cognizable supervisory liability claims against Defendants Horel and Sayre. 3 III . New Legal Claims in Amended Complaint 4 A. Deprivation of Personal Property 5 Ordinarily, due process of law requires notice and an opportunity for some kind of hearing 6 prior to the deprivation of a significant property interest. Memphis Light, Gas & Water Div. v. Craft, 7 436 U.S. 1, 19 (1978). Neither the negligent nor intentional deprivation of property states a due 8 process claim under 1983 if the deprivation was random and unauthorized, however. Parratt v. 9 Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 535-44 (1981) (state employee negligently lost prisoner's hobby kit), overruled 10 in part on other grounds, Daniels v. Williams, 474 U.S. 327, 330-31 (1986); Hudson v. Palmer, 468 11 U.S. 517, 533 (1984) (intentional destruction of inmate's property). 12 If the deprivation is not random and unauthorized, but the result of "established state 13 14 procedure," the availability of a post-termination tort action does not necessarily provide due process. 15 Logan v. Zimmerman Brush Co., 455 U.S. 422, 435-37 (1982) (failure on part of state commission to 16 hold hearing within statutory time limits not permitted to terminate timely filed claim). In those 17 instances, the Fourteenth Amendment requires "'an opportunity . . . granted at a meaningful time and 18 in a meaningful manner,'. . . for a hearing appropriate to the nature of the case.'" Id. at 437. 19 Read liberally, the allegations in Plaintiff's amended complaint do not state a claim against 20 Defendants Reilly, Silva and Horel for intentionally depriving Plaintiff of his missing "Show 21 Magazine" issues. 22 Accordingly, Plaintiff's claims against Defendants Reilly, Silva and Horel for deprivation of 23 private property are DISMISSED. 24 25 26 27 28 B. Disability Discrimination Plaintiff has filed a new claim seeking "qualified-disabled-approved-housing" under the ADA. (Am. Compl. at 24.) Specifically, Plaintiff claims that because he is a disabled veteran, and his inability to stand for more than fifteen minutes at a time, he should at least be given a walking aide for both in-cell and inner-unit use. (Id.) Plaintiff alleges that Defendants Williams and Sayre 8 1 discriminated against him by disqualifying him from adequate housing or the use of walking aides. 2 (Id.) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 1. Cause of Action Title II of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and codified in 29 U.S.C. 794(a) , prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in the programs, services or activities of a public entity. The elements of a cause of action under Title II of the ADA are: (1) that the plaintiff is a qualified individual with a disability; (2) that the plaintiff was either excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of a service, program, or activity of a public entity, or was otherwise discriminated against by the public entity; and (3) that such exclusion, denial of benefits, or discrimination was by reason of disability. Duvall v. County of Kitsap, 260 F.3d 1124, 1135 (9th 2001); 42 U.S.C. 12132. A cause of action under 504 of the Rehabilitation Act essentially parallels an ADA cause of action. See Olmstead v. Zimring, 527 U.S. 581, 589-90 14 (1999); Duvall, 260 F.3d at 1135. A qualifying "disability" is "(A) a physical or mental impairment 15 that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of 16 such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment." 42 U.S.C. 12102(2). 17 Federal regulations require a public entity to "make reasonable modifications in policies, 18 practices, or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of 19 disability, unless the public entity can demonstrate that making the modifications would 20 fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity." 28 C.F.R. 35.130(b)(7). 21 22 2. Proper Defendants Plaintiff cannot bring an ADA or 504 action against individual prison officials, because the 23 proper defendant in such actions is the public entity responsible for the alleged discrimination. Nor 24 can he bring a 1983 action against Defendants based on allegedly discriminatory conduct. See 25 Vinson v. Thomas, 288 F.3d 1145, 1156 (9th Cir. 2002) ("[A] plaintiff cannot bring an action under 26 42 U.S.C. 1983 against a State official in her individual capacity to vindicate rights created by Title 27 II of the ADA or section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act."). Therefore, Plaintiff's disability 28 discrimination claims against Defendants Williams and Sayre -- who are individual prison officials -9 1 are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. 2 The proper defendants to Plaintiff's disability discrimination claims are the public entities 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 that allegedly denied him equal access to their programs: PBSP and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). State correctional facilities are "public entities" within the meaning of the ADA. See 42 U.S.C. 12131(1)(A) & (B); Pennsylvania Dep't of Corrections v. Yeskey, 524 U.S. 206, 210 (1998); Armstrong v. Wilson, 124 F.3d 1019, 1025 (9th Cir. 1997). State prisons that receive federal financial assistance are covered by the Rehabilitation Act. See Armstrong, 124 F.3d at 1022-23. As state agencies, these entities are shielded from suit in federal court unless they waive their sovereign immunity or Congress has validly abrogated their sovereign immunity in the applicable statute. See Kentucky v. Graham, 473 U.S. 159, 167 n.14 (1985). In Board of Trustees of the Univ. of Ala. v. Garrett, 531 U.S. 356 (2001), the Supreme Court held that Congress did not have 14 the power to abrogate the States' Eleventh Amendment immunity under Title I of the ADA, but 15 declined to reach the question whether Congress validly abrogated the States' immunity as to Title II. 16 See Garrett 531 U.S. at 360 n.1. The Court specifically noted that Title II has somewhat different 17 remedial provisions from Title I. Id. For purposes of initial review, the Court will assume that the 18 California prisons do not enjoy Eleventh Amendment immunity with respect to Plaintiff's ADA 19 claims. 20 As to the Rehabilitation Act, the Ninth Circuit has held that, "[b]ecause California accepts 21 federal funds under the Rehabilitation Act, California has waived any immunity under the Eleventh 22 Amendment" as to that Act's anti-discrimination provisions. See Clark v. State of California, 123 23 F.3d 1267, 1271 (9th Cir. 1997); see also Douglas v. California Dept. Youth Authority, 271 F.3d 24 812, 819 (9th Cir.), amended, 271 F.3d 910 (9th Cir. 2001) (adhering to Clark after Supreme Court's 25 decision in Garrett.) Thus, Plaintiff may pursue claims for both money damages and prospective 26 injunctive relief under the Rehabilitation Act directly against PBSP and the CDCR. 27 In sum, assuming Plaintiff has a valid disability discrimination claim, he may assert the 28 claim in an amendment to the first amended complaint against PBSP and the CDCR, but not against 10 1 any individual defendants. 2 3. Analysis of Claim 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 Even assuming Plaintiff's allegation that he is a disabled veteran could establish that he is an individual with a disability under the federal statutes, he has not alleged discriminatory conduct. Plaintiff makes conclusory allegations that Defendants discriminated against him because of his disability by failing to provide him with adequate housing or walking aides. (Am. Compl. at 24.) Plaintiff does not allege that he was treated differently than similarly-situated nondisabled inmates and he does not allege that he was excluded from participation in a prison program or service because of his disability. Therefore, he does not appear to have a cognizable disability discrimination claim. If Plaintiff names PBSP and the CDCR as Defendants, his ADA and Section 504 claims against these public entities are DISMISSED WITH LEAVE TO AMEND. Plaintiff may reassert the 14 claims in an amendment to the first amended complaint if he can in good faith allege that he is an 15 individual with a disability under the federal statutes, that the prison discriminated against him on the 16 basis of his "disability," and if he names the proper Defendants. 17 18 C. Deliberate Indifference to Basic Needs Adequate food is a basic human need protected by the Eighth Amendment. See Keenan v. 19 Hall, 83 F.3d 1083, 1091 (9th Cir. 1996), amended, 135 F.3d 1318 (9th Cir. 1998). The Eighth 20 Amendment right to food was clearly established as of at least 2001. Foster v. Runnels, 554 F.3d 807, 21 815 (9th Cir. 2009). Denial of food service presents a sufficiently serious condition to meet the 22 objective prong of the Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference analysis. Id. at 812-13; see, e.g., id. 23 at 812 (denial of sixteen meals over twenty-three days was "a sufficiently serious deprivation because 24 food is one of life's basic necessities"); Id. at 812 n.1 (denial of two meals over nine-week period was 25 not sufficiently serious to meet objective prong of Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference). 26 Prison officials may withhold food service for legitimate penological purposes (e.g., staff 27 safety) but must prove the penological concern justified refusal to feed the prisoner. See Foster, 554 28 11 1 F.3d at 813-14 (guard not entitled to qualified immunity because she did not establish that prisoner's 2 refusal to uncover back window of his cell caused safety issues for food service through food port 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 where front window of cell was uncovered, nor did she establish that uncovering back window was a reasonable condition for the receipt of a meal by a prisoner). See, e.g., Freeman v. Berge, 441 F.3d 543, 546 (7th Cir. 2006) (withholding food from inmate who refused to comply with requirement of putting on pants or shorts was not cruel and unusual punishment). Plaintiff claims that Defendant Reppond relied on witnesses' statements that subsequently placed Plaintiff on paper tray status for a rule violation, i.e., throwing a food tray at a correctional officer. (Am. Compl. at 4.) Plaintiff claims that he was then deprived of food because the paper plates contained "only perhaps one fourth of the content of regular plates." (Id.) Plaintiff fails to show that Defendant Reppond denied him food. Instead, Plaintiff was placed on paper tray status for throwing a food tray at a correctional officer, and as a precautionary measure for penological 14 purposes. (Id., Ex. 6.) Without more, Plaintiff's allegations fail to state a claim of deliberate indifference to his basic 15 16 needs; therefore, it is DISMISSED for failure to state a claim. 17 18 19 CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, the Court orders as follows: 1. Plaintiff states a cognizable claim for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs 20 against Defendants Horel, Sayre, Rowe, Williams and Douglas. Plaintiff states cognizable 21 supervisory liability claims against Defendants Horel and Sayre. 22 2. Plaintiff's disability discrimination claims against Defendants who are individual 23 prison officials are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. If Plaintiff names PBSP and the CDCR as 24 Defendants, then his ADA and Section 504 claims against these public entitles are DISMISSED 25 WITH LEAVE TO AMEND, as directed above. 26 27 28 12 Within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order Plaintiff may file an amendment to the first amended complaint with his amended ADA and Section 504 claims against PBSP and the CDCR as 1 set forth above in Sections III(B)(3) of this Order. (Plaintiff shall resubmit only his amended ADA 2 and Section 504 claims and not the entire complaint.) The failure to do so will result in the dismissal 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 without prejudice of his ADA and Section 504 claims against PBSP and the CDCR. 3. 4. The remaining claims against all other Defendants are dismissed. Within thirty (30) days of the date this Order is filed Plaintiff shall either provide the Court with proof of service of the summons and complaint upon the Defendants against whom he alleges his deliberate indifference to serious medical needs and supervisory liability claims, or otherwise show cause why the complaint should not be dismissed without prejudice as to each unserved Defendant pursuant to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 5. It is Plaintiff's responsibility to prosecute this case. Plaintiff must keep the Court informed of any change of address and must comply with the Court's orders in a timely fashion. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute pursuant to Federal 14 Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). 6. Extensions of time are not favored, though reasonable extensions will be granted. 15 16 Any motion for an extension of time must be filed no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the deadline 17 sought to be extended. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge 19 DATED: 10/29/10 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 G:\PRO-SE\SBA\CR.08\Caesar1977.OSC(4m)&r13 iewFAC.frm ev 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 FOR THE 3 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California v. ROBET HOREL et al, Defendant. / DANNY CAESAR, Plaintiff, Case Number: CV08-01977 SBA CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District 11 Court, Northern District of California. 12 That on October 29, 2010, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said 13 envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. 14 15 16 Danny L. Caesar D-07644 17 Corcoran State Prison P.O. Box 3481 18 Corcoran, CA 93212 19 Dated: October 29, 2010 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: LISA R CLARK, Deputy Clerk G:\PRO-SE\SBA\CR.08\Caesar1977.OSC(4m)&r14 iewFAC.frm ev

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