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The Regents of the University of California Issues RFQ for UC Merced 2020 Project

The Regents of the University of California (the "Regents"), on behalf of University of California, Merced ("UC Merced"), issued a Request for Qualifications today for the UC Merced 2020 Project (the "Project")....more

High School’s Decision To Bypass Municipal Zoning Process For Stadium Bleachers Ruled Unlawful

In Gurba v. Community H.S. Dist. 155, a McHenry County Circuit court judge ruled that a local high school district violated the law when it refused to subject itself to the local zoning process of its host municipality....more

Illinois Supreme Court Restricts Appeals of Pollution Control Device Certifications

In yet another unanimous decision handed down this morning, the Illinois Supreme Court has streamlined procedures to certify pollution control facilities by barring certain third party appeals....more

Religious Institutions Update - November 2013

Diminished donations have led many faith-based organizations to become more creative about increasing revenue. Sometimes these organizations look beyond ordinary ministry functions to supplement income with unrelated...more

Court of Appeal Narrowly Reads School Bond Measure Language; Parking Shortfall May Constitute An Environmental Impact Under CEQA

A school district board placed a large bond measure on the city ballot to fund projects at multiple schools in the district, including a project to erect stadium lighting at a high school. ...more

UPDATE: Court Of Appeal Changes Its Mind On The Issue Of Whether A City Misdescribed A Project’s Objectives

On November 27, 2012, a court of appeal ordered a city to correct the defects in a project description and alternatives discussion in a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) because the court concluded the city had...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2013

In this Issue: - Key Cases - Court Upholds Permitting, Licensing and Zoning Regulation of Spiritual Counselors - Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains Denied Injunctive Relief for Statistical Imbalance in...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2013

Last February, at the request of Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed to address tax-related policy questions of import...more

City Erred In Certifying Environmental Impact Report That Misdescribed Project’s Objectives

In a case demonstrating the importance of a well-crafted statement of objectives, the appellate court held that a city erred in certifying a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) and approving a project because the EIR...more

School Concurrency Impacts Residential Development in Miami-Dade County

With increased international investment, Miami-Dade County has seen a rebound in the real estate market, particularly with regard to residential projects in high-density areas in Miami's urban core and bayfront and beachfront...more

Pennsylvania General Assembly passes Bill allowing drilling on state university land

On September 25, 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that will allow the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to lease mineral rights under land owned by state universities. The bill had previously been...more

BSC Wants Your Input!

The Building Standards Commission ("BSC") recently initiated formal rulemaking and public review for portions of the 2012 triennial code update to the California Building Standards Code ("Code"). ...more

Public Entity Litigants Are Entitled to Attorney Fee Award Under Private Attorney General Doctrine Even Where Non Financial...

In City of Maywood v. Los Angeles Unified School District, 2012 DJDAR 9925 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a novel attorney fee case. The case arose out of a petition for a...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Review of Air Permit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in May rejected a California community district’s attempt to review an air permit that was issued to a 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant that was being constructed a mile and a...more

AB 1903 Would Prohibit Districts from Levying Level III Developer Fees

AB 1903 (Buchanan and Hagman), as proposed, would suspend the ability of school districts to levy Level III developer fees. The bill is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, June 20 in the Senate Education...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 7, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 23, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, April 23, 2012, the House will meet in pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. with no votes expected. On Tuesday, April 24, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 20, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. The cases involve (1) the Gloucester County School Board and the Public Procurement Act, (2) Albemarle...more

Municipal Zoning Laws May Apply to School Districts According to New Illinois Attorney General Opinion

A recent opinion issued by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office states that “public school districts are subject to municipal and county zoning ordinances, except to the extent that compliance with local...more

New York Brain Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Warns about Rise in Brain Injuries in Prospect Park

New York brain injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, comments on the rise in pedestrian-bicycle accidents resulting in brain injury in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Since June, serious collisions between...more

Recent Competitive Bidding Orders

Maintaining Level Playing Field Key to Overlooking RFP Issue The Commission recently granted the appeal of two schools that had been denied funding by USAC because of competitive bidding issues. In each instance, the...more

Ohio Municipalities and Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

In recent weeks, questions have arisen regarding what a municipality may do when a convicted sex offender chooses to reside within the municipal border. These questions are legitimate, and it is worth our time to fully...more

Brasília: impactos econômicos da Capital no Centro-Oeste e no País

Para além de uma mudança meramente administrativa, a iniciativa da construção de Brasília embutia um sonho de integrar uma vasta região do Brasil, então distante, despovoada e inexplorada, à comunidade e à economia nacional....more

Property Valuation - Role of the Expert Witness

Article by Jeffrey Climans on the challenges faced by an expert witness in disputes involving property valuation....more

Green Building Update - January 8, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Green buildings expected to lead policy agendas in 2009 *Green Building Focus ..CoStar's top-ten sustainable building stories for 2008 *Updating green building codes – not an easy task *New LEED AP...more

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