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EPA Draft Ruling Could Mean Significant Changes to How Stormwater Systems are Categorized

The last thing that public agency leaders want to hear is that looming changes may make operating and building new public infrastructure more challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, proposed changes by the Environmental…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FCC Radio Licenses: Saving Paper Doesn't Change Notice Requirements

Many municipal governments and special districts, especially public safety departments, hold radio licenses or antenna structure permits from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is proposing to save paper and staff…more
| Communications & Media Law

State Water Board Releases Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan

The State Water Resources Control Board released a draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California. The draft plan assesses the quality of the state's drinking water, identifies specific water quality problems, analyzes known and…more
| Energy & Utilities

Groundwater Basin Boundaries and Priorities Will Impose New Management Challenges on Local Agencies

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires that the Department of Water Resources categorize each of California’s 515 alluvial groundwater basins and subbasins as high, medium, low, or very…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Social Media and Political Agencies

The work that government agencies do is important to its constituents, and using social media will facilitate communication and promote important issues of public policy. Earlier this month, I moderated a panel at the California…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics

To Campaign or Not to Campaign: A Refresher

As November elections and some major ballot measures loom, and as 2016 general election candidates start copping to “thinking about a run,” now seems a good time to revisit the impartiality required of public agencies and their…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

December 3 Deadline for Submitting Federal Water Projects

Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) authorized flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects to help upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure. A key WRRDA provision requires local project…more
| Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

Ninth Circuit: City's Pioneering Drug-Disposal Ordinance Does Not Violate Commerce Clause

If your medicine cabinet is filled with old prescriptions and other medications that you no longer want or can use, you might have asked: how and where should I get rid of these? Local governments are beginning to…more
| Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy and Fourth Amendment Issues Among Legal Concerns for Law Enforcement Use of Body-Worn Cameras

While there are many considerations for police departments interested in using body-worn cameras in the field, including policy issues and deployment procedures, there are some legal — and somewhat controversial — hurdles that…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Drone on Drones: FAA Authorizes Drone Use Over Some Hollywood Sets

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the requests of six movie and TV production companies to use drones for filming on certain sets. This decision marks the first time the FAA has permitted commercial drone use…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Transportation

Best in Law: Hybrid corporations combine profit and good will

These new entities give directors and officers the flexibility to pursue both profit and social objectives without the risk of liability associated with doing so in a traditional corporation. In 2012, California created…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private industrial facilities, affordable housing and broadband

Four bills affecting infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism for infrastructure and development projects that benefit the broader community, were recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. IFDs, created in 1990, have…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Taxation, Government Contracting, Real Estate - Commercial

It’s In the Bag: Cities and Counties Can Impose Penalties for Violations of New Law Prohibiting Single-Use Plastic Bags

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown killed off single use plastic bags in California. Senate Bill 270, the first of its kind in the nation, eliminates the retail distribution of single-use plastic bags in the state. SB 270 also gives…more
| Environmental Law

Cities May Provide Recycled Water Service Within the Service Area of Private Water Companies

Assembly Bill 2443, signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, amends California’s Water Service Duplication Statute to allow for political subdivisions, such as municipalities or county water districts, to provide recycled water…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Appeals Court Rules Fingerprint Impressions Are Records Of Arrest That Can Be Sealed and Destroyed

Arrestees Factually Innocent Under Penal Code Section 851.8 Can Have Fingerprints Sealed and Destroyed - Overview: The California Court of Appeal held that fingerprint impressions taken of suspects at the time of their…more
| Criminal Law, Privacy
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