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What that statute says is that the notice is not required when the tenancy is being terminated by a three day notice. It doesn't sound like that's actually why this tenancy is being terminated - it sounds like she decided to move, and, even though you served her with the notice, you're not going to actually have her evicted. In that case, you would still do an inspection. California law strongly favors the tenant, and the penalties to a landlord who violates can be pretty stiff, so, it's better to comply if there's any question whether you should. You don't want to end up in front of a judge with a different interpretation of the statute.
As far as the keys go, you could serve her with a three day notice to give you copies of the keys or move out immediately (noting that you will charge her to change the locks, since she violated the lease). Unfortunately, you're not allowed to simply call a locksmith to enter while she's still living there, unless you give her notice that you're coming in to do necessary maintenance
and/or repairs. So, it's better to try to get the keys from her first. If she won't give them to you, you would usually wait to have them changed until she moves, because otherwise, the law requires you to give her copies (in which case, she can just have them changed again... it's a vicious cycle).
Also, if she's living there and had the utilties transferred into your name, you can take her to small claims court for any amounts that you have to pay while she's living there.