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California's Highest Court Upholds San Jose's Affordable Housing Ordinance

Requirement to construct or provide affordable housing is permissible under California Constitution police powers - This week, in a long awaited decision, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose,...more

California Voters Left Holding the Bag in the Plastic Bag Ban Battle

The crown for the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags is up for grabs again. Late last year, the California legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, SB 270 — making California the first state to ban...more

It’s In the Bag: Cities and Counties Can Impose Penalties for Violations of New Law Prohibiting Single-Use Plastic Bags

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown killed off single use plastic bags in California. Senate Bill 270, the first of its kind in the nation, eliminates the retail distribution of single-use plastic bags in the state. SB 270 also gives...more

San Jose Case Could Change the Way Cities, Counties Adopt and Enforce Affordable Housing Ordinances

BB&K Attorney Christopher Diaz Examines the Issues Raised by the California Case - Although the housing bubble may have burst a few years back, there is still one region in California where housing prices remained red...more

The Quimby Act is Amended to Allow Cities and Counties to Create Greater Park Access

Quimby Act Fees Can Be Used for Parks in Neighborhoods Other Than Near Developer’s Subdivision - Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1359 (AB 1359) into law allowing cities and counties to use developer...more

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