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You should be able to take advantage of the Assessment Appeals Process to have this addressed. The primary reason that the property is classified as a duplex is for tax assessment purposes. Therefore the Assessment Board should have authority to reclassify the property.
Accordding to California law one purpose of the Board is to "determine the classification of the property that is the subject of the hearing, including classifications within the general classifications of real property, improvements, and personal property. Such classifications may result in the property so classified being exempt from property taxation."
It is not a guarantee that they will make the adjustment, but it is a place to start. Further if you are unsuccessful at the Board level, you will be able to appeal their decision to Superior Court.
This link describes the assessment appeal process and includes the forms and detailed information that you need:
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