Hmm, I see.
Well in that case let me be direct.
"No, my question is still whether or not this agency of the State of California can knowingly or willingly violate its own laws."
No, they cannot. However, the only way to "hold" the state agency to account in said violation is via Writ of Mandamus. There is no other legal way to force the issue. While the Court can (a) assign court/attorney fees in its decision and (b) waive filing fees if it sees fit, the fact is that this is still the only way.
"My final option would be to invoke the stripping doctrine and go after the individual in the MAU who refused to do anything about the matter. It would be a little more difficult and take a little longer but there would be a message in our efforts that he might consider when next dealing with this matter."
You can do this if you'd like. The Writ would be more practical, however.
"You had answered "generally no". What would give you cause to make this statement?"
I would recommend reviewing Marbury v. Madison HERE.
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