Jamey Wyman

Jamey Wyman

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

2/22/2017 - Acquisition Agreements Construction Project Easements Engineering Infrastructure Inverse Condemnation Just Compensation Mitigation Public Agencies Public Projects Relocation Assistance Right of Way

Billboards in Unincorporated Areas of California Subject to City, County Regulations

Many of California’s roadways are littered with advertising. A question regarding oversight of roadside billboards, however, has long remained: Does the state have ultimate control or can municipalities weigh in on...more

2/2/2017 - Advertising Appeals Billboards Jurisdiction Local Ordinance Municipalities Outdoor Advertising Act Preemption State and Local Government Urban Planning & Development

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

11/14/2016 - Abatement Advertising Appeals Billboards City Councils Legislative History Local Ordinance Non-Conforming Use Preemption Signs State and Local Government Zoning Laws

Cities and Counties Can Regulate Billboards in Unincorporated Areas

Long-Standing Questions Addressed by California Appellate Court - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt cities and counties from regulating billboards in unincorporated areas, a California Appellate Court ruled....more

11/10/2016 - Advertising Appeals Billboards Business and Professions Codes Local Ordinance Permits State and Local Government Zoning Laws

NHTSA Releases Highly Anticipated Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

60-Day Comment Period Provides Important Chance to Have Local Voices Heard - With the goal of creating a path for the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads nationwide, the U.S. Department of...more

9/23/2016 - Department of Transportation (DOT) Driverless Cars Federal Automated Vehicles Policy NHTSA Public Comment State and Local Government

Transportation by the Numbers

Wondering how many hours Angelinos lost to congestion in 2015, or whether planes, trains or automobiles shipped more freight in the United States? (Answers below.) The answers to those questions and many more transportation...more

1/14/2016 - Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Statistical Analysis Transportation Industry

Design Immunity for Public Agencies Clarified by California Supreme Court

Decision touches on a crucial issue in public agency tort defense - A crucial issue in public agency tort defense was recently clarified by the California Supreme Court in Hampton v. County of San Diego. While a public...more

12/29/2015 - Affirmative Defenses CA Supreme Court Dangerous Condition Design Defects Public Agencies Qualified Immunity Urban Planning & Development

California DMV Releases Draft Requirements for Public Deployment of Driverless Cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations for public comments this week, taking early steps toward allowing the public to operate driverless cars in California. The...more

12/22/2015 - DMV Driver's Licenses Driverless Cars

DOT Smart City Challenge Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Smart City Challenge earlier this week for cities to compete for a grant of up to $40 million. The ideal Smart City applicant has an approximate population between 200,000...more

12/9/2015 - Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Funding Federal Grants Infrastructure Technology

Ruling That Curtails Public Agencies' Abilities to Get Order Protecting Project Planning Inspections is Decertified

Supreme Court Decides to Review Lower Court Case - An appellate court ruling that essentially curtailed the ability of public agencies to obtain a court order to conduct project planning inspections was decertified by...more

7/8/2014 - Environmental Policies Public Projects

Condemnation of Property in California Can Get Messy: BB&K Attorney James Wyman Details Ways Public Agencies Can Ensure a Clean...

Condemning property for public projects in California is a hard reality for both government officials and the owners of property that is in the path of a new road, freeway expansion or mass transit project. There is often...more

9/16/2013 - Condemnation Eminent Domain Public Projects Takings

Property Owners May Not Recover Precondemnation Damages for Decline in Property Values - Appellate Court Rules That Property...

In a ruling that benefits public agencies, a state appellate court yesterday overturned a finding of precondemnation liability against the California Department of Transportation. The court held that a causal relationship...more

8/15/2013 - Condemnation Department of Transportation (DOT) Eminent Domain Infrastructure Property Owners Property Valuation Real Estate Market

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