William Priest

William Priest

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service - Prepaid wireless phone service is a booming business and, to date, cities have not been receiving their full measure...more

8/14/2015 - Cell Phones Local Ordinance Municipalities New Legislation Tax Revenues Telecommunications Wireless Industry

Arizona Town's Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Local agencies urged to review sign codes in favor of content-neutral rules - The United States Supreme Court recently struck down portions of an Arizona town’s sign code that subjected ideological, political and...more

7/9/2015 - Churches Compelling Governmental Interest Content-Based Restrictions Equal Protection First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment Free Speech Local Ordinance Permits Reed v Town of Gilbert SCOTUS Signs Strict Scrutiny Standard Urban Planning & Development

A Taxing Problem: How to Regulate Online Vacation Rental Marketplaces

In recent years, the “sharing economy” has developed across the country. It is largely unregulated and, as such, can operate contrary to the interests of local businesses and communities. These “sharing” services are complex...more

11/6/2014 - AirBnB Income Taxes Rental Property Sharing Economy Vacation Homes

State Constitution Now Requires Local Agencies to Follow Brown and Public Records Acts - Whether or Not State Reimburses...

Voters Pass Proposition 42 and Create a Constitutional Amendment - California voters just approved Proposition 42, a state constitutional amendment to eliminate the requirement that the state reimburse costs incurred...more

6/11/2014 - Compliance Constitutional Amendment Public Records Public Records Act Ralph M. Brown Act

FPPC to Establish Electronic Filing and Public Disclosure System for Statements of Economic Interests

Online Database will be Accessible by the Public with Minimal Redaction - Assembly Bill 409, signed by Governor Brown last week, authorizes the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to establish a...more

10/15/2013

California Supreme Court Allows Class Actions for Local Tax Refunds - Class Actions Allowed Despite Local Ordinances Banning Them

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that local tax refund claims may be pursued as class actions, even where a city has an existing ordinance prohibiting such claims. The ruling is broad enough to expose local...more

5/3/2013 - Class Action Local Ordinance Municipalities State and Local Government Tax Refunds

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