CERTIFIED FOR PUBLICATION
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION TWO
STEPHEN M. WILLIAMS, Petitioner and Appellant,
v. BOARD OF PERMIT APPEALS, et al. Respondents.
(San Francisco County Super. Ct. No. 987418)
I. INTRODUCTION Appellant, petitioner in the trial court, appeals from that court’s denial of his motion for an award of attorneys’ fees under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5 (hereafter § 1021.5). That motion followed the trial court’s earlier partial grant of appellant’s petition for a writ of administrative mandamus. We affirm.
II. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND Appellant is the owner of, and resident in, a Victorian-style building located in the 2600 block of Sutter Street in the Western Addition portion of San Francisco. Next door to his residence, at 2617 Sutter Street, was a single-story Victorian building which a developer named Ashbourne Construction (the real party in interest below, but not a party to this appeal) wanted to demolish and replace with a four story, 7000 square foot, three- unit condominium or apartment building. The Planning Department of the City and County of San Francisco issued both demolition and construction permits for this project