Jake Vollebregt

Jake Vollebregt

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature

Gov. Jerry Brown’s vision for “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts” was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting Brown’s signature. SB 628 (Beall, D-Campbell), a gut-and-amend bill passed in the last week of the...more

9/3/2014 - Bond Financing Bonds Infrastructure Municipalities New Legislation Public Projects

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Local Governments May Open Meetings With Sectarian Prayer

The 5-4 decision found that Town of Greece’s prayer practice is consistent with practices long permitted in American legislative assemblies. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is constitutional for a town board...more

5/8/2014 - Establishment Clause First Amendment Greece v Galloway Prayer Public Meetings SCOTUS

Supreme Court Invalidates Federal Aggregate Limit on Campaign Contributions

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of federal campaign contribution laws yesterday morning in McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Commission (No. 12-536). The Court’s 5-4 decision held that federal aggregate limits on...more

4/3/2014 - Aggregation Rules FEC McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

LAO Recommends Additional Improvements to Governor’s Initiative to Expand Scope of Infrastructure Financing Districts

As part of California’s 2014-2015 budget, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the expansion of infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), a funding mechanism for communitywide infrastructure and development projects that has...more

3/14/2014 - Infrastructure Jerry Brown Public Projects

Court Tosses Challenge to Approval of Annexation and Change in Sphere of Influence

Court Decision Benefits Public Agencies and Land Developers Defending CEQA and LAFCO Challenges - A California appellate court confirmed that once a Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approves an annexation or a...more

2/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies

New Tools to Comply with the Brown Act and Increase Transparency

Meeting management is big business for governments at every level, and the recent enactment of SB 751 has many public agencies reviewing the policies and tools they use to manage their public meetings. SB 751 requires...more

12/27/2013 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Public Meetings Ralph M. Brown Act Sunshine Act Technology

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