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HUD Clarifies How Davis-Bacon Applies to Project-Based Voucher and RAD Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new notice pertaining to the applicability of Davis-Bacon labor requirements to housing considered to be “existing” housing under the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – February 26, 2015

This term resulted in two cases which, in our opinion, affect Virginia local government law.  One, decided by order, deals with the effect of a failure to name a necessary party (a governing body) in appealing a BZA decision....more

Municipal Legal News - Volume 1 Number 1

Major Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Amendments - Public Act 563 of 2014 ("Act 563") amends the FOIA to impose a number of new regulations on public bodies. All municipalities will need to review their FOIA...more

Community Redevelopment Law Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apply to Successor Agencies

California Attorney General Weighs In on Rule That Will Impact Members of Successor Agencies’ Governing Boards and Employees - The California Attorney General recently opined that the conflict-of-interest rules under...more

That’s Not My Kid! Board Clarifies Definition Of “Child” Under The Longshore Act

On February 25, 2014, the Benefits Review Board rendered its decision in Smith v. Mt. Mitchell, LLC, ____BRBS____ (D.O.L. Ben. Rev. Bd. Feb. 25, 2014), which affirmed an Administrative Law Judge’s decision and order,...more

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "Act") was enacted in 2005. The Act recognizes "the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario" and has, as its primary purpose,...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Now Operating in Arizona

On December 3, 2012, an Arizona Superior Court judge issued an order holding that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Three days later, the first medical marijuana...more

California Manufacturing Growth Spurs Industrial Sector

The US economy may be experiencing slow growth but that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs in certain sectors. The industrial sector in California is one area that offers signs of potential future growth. That’s the...more

Charter Cities Are Not Required to Pay Prevailing Wages on Local Public Works Projects

Labor unions have long been at odds with California charter cities over whether such cities must pay prevailing wages on public works projects. While many charter cities have either not exempted themselves from state...more

National Cathedral Crane Collapse Spotlights Construction Site Danger, says New York Construction Accident Lawyer

New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on a crane accident which occurred a short time before 9-11 events to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The crane accident...more

A Government Solution

I am often asked. “What kind of law do you practice?” As a long-time local government attorney, most of my practice involves representing and defending litigation against governments, governmental entities, officials and...more

Developers Must Pay Prevailing Wages for Privately Financed Public Infrastructure

California Labor Code sections 1720 et seq. (the Prevailing Wage Law) ("PWL") require employers (including developers and contractors) engaged in public works projects to pay the prevailing wage to their employees if the...more

California Supreme Court To Address Public Forum Doctrine and Nursing Care For Diabetic Students

The Court has recently granted review in two civil cases: Ralphs Grocery v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union, S185544, in which the Court of Appeal, formerly 186 Cal.App.4th 1078, held that the state cannot force...more

Prevailing Wage Update: Charter Cities Exempt From Prevailing Wage Laws

In the recent decision, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO v. City of Vista (Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 1, Case No. D05218, Filed April 28, 2009), the California Court of...more

Legal Alert: California is First in Nation to Adopt "Green" Building Code

On July 17, 2008, under the direction of Governor Schwarzenegger, the California Building Standards Commission adopted the nation's first statewide "green" building code. A press release from the Governor's office states that...more

Real Estate & Land Use Newsletter: Prevailing Wages Update

In response to complaints by both labor and the private sector, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations has proposed sweeping new regulations governing certified payrolls and state and local labor compliance...more

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