California Unemployment Insurance Code
If any employing unit is delinquent in the payment of any contributions, penalties or interest provided for in this division, the director may, not later than 10 years after the payment became delinquent or within 10 years after the last entry of a judgment under this article or within 10 years after the last recording or filing of a notice of state tax lien under Section 7171 of the Government Code, file in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Sacramento County, or with the clerk of the superior court of the county in which the employer has its principal place of business, a certificate specifying the amount of the contributions, interest and penalty due and the name and last known address of the employer liable therefor. The certificate shall also contain a statement that the director has complied with all the provisions of this division in relation to the computation and levy of the contributions, interest and penalty, and a request that judgment be entered against the employer in the amount set forth in the certificate. The clerk immediately upon the filing of the certificate shall enter a judgment for the State of California against the employer in the amount set forth in the certificate. Such judgment may be filed by the clerk in a looseleaf book entitled "Unemployment Contributions Judgments."
An abstract of a judgment secured pursuant to this article or a copy thereof may be recorded with the county recorder of any county and from the time of the recording, the amount of the judgment shall constitute a lien upon all the real property of the employer in that county, owned or acquired by him during the life of the lien.
The lien shall have the force, effect and priority of a judgment lien and shall continue for 10 years after the last entry of a judgment under this article unless sooner released or otherwise discharged. The lien may, within 10 years after the last entry of a judgment under this article or within 10 years from the date of the last extension of the lien, be extended by recording a new abstract in the office of the county recorder of any county and from the time of such recording, the lien shall be extended to all the real property in such county for 10 years unless sooner released or otherwise discharged. Execution shall issue upon such a judgment upon request of the director in the same manner as execution may issue upon other judgments and sales shall be held under such execution as prescribed in the Code of Civil Procedure. In all proceedings under this section the director or his authorized agents may act on behalf of the state.
(a) If the director determines that the amount of any contributions, interest, and penalties are sufficiently secured by a lien on other property or that the release or subordination of the lien imposed under Section 1816 will not jeopardize the collection of the amount of the contributions, interest, and penalties, the director may at any time release all or any portion of the property subject to the lien imposed by Section 1816 from the lien or may subordinate the lien imposed by Section 1816 to other liens and encumbrances.
(b) If the director finds that the liability represented by the lien imposed under Section 1816, including any interest accrued thereon, is legally unenforceable, the director may release the lien.
(c) A certificate by the director to the effect that any property has been released from a lien or that the lien has been subordinated to other liens and encumbrances is conclusive evidence that such property has been released or that the lien has been subordinated as provided in the certificate.
The right of the director to use the summary judgment procedure contained in this article shall be in addition to any other collection procedure contained in this division. No action taken by the director shall be construed to be an election to pursue the summary judgment procedure to the exclusion of any other collection procedure in this division.