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California Supreme Court Makes Critical CEQA Ruling Regarding Categorical Exemptions

Court Clarifies the Unusual Circumstances Exception - In a victory for public agencies and developers, the California Supreme Court issued its heavily anticipated ruling in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Supreme Court: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Unconstitutional

Opinion Likely to Impact Cities’ Policies - Residency restrictions that prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park are unconstitutional, the California Supreme Court ruled this week. The…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face what…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Best in Law: Tug-of-War Over Changing Prop. 13 Remains Intense

A “split roll” might sound like something you would find in a bakery. But in fact, it is a real property tax concept that has been the subject of a tug-of-war since Proposition 13 was overwhelmingly passed by California voters…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

New California Committee on Privacy Introduces Legislation To Address Emerging Issues

As new technology creates increased possibilities for surveillance — including drones, body-worn cameras, automated license plate readers, red light cameras and even potentially your television – the California Legislature is…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Drone on Drones: Berkeley Issues Moratorium on Law Enforcement Use of Drones

The Berkeley City Council approved a proposal by the City’s Peace and Justice Commission this week to impose a moratorium on drones within city limits. The one-year moratorium, which applies only to the Berkeley Police…more
| Administrative Law, Privacy, Transportation

Proposed Legislation Would Require Police Policies for Body-Worn Cameras

In the wake of litigation by at least one police labor union over a lack of policies governing body-worn camera use, a proposed law purports to address such omissions. Senate Bill 175 by Sen. Bob Huff (R-Anaheim) would require…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

Drone on Drones: FAA’s Proposed Rules Would Allow for Expanded Use

The FAA unveiled its proposed rules for unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week, beginning a process that could eventually allow for thousands of businesses to fly drones. At the same time, the White House issued a…more
| Administrative Law, Privacy, Transportation

Federal Judge in California Weighs Constitutionality of U.S. Marijuana Classification

Last week, a federal judge indicated she was considering nine defendants’ arguments that Congress’ decision to treat marijuana as a Schedule One controlled substance is unconstitutional…more
| Administrative Law, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law

Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities - Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce public…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls

For the first time, FCC regulations will cover location of 911 calls placed within buildings. Historically, the FCC’s requirements for accuracy in determining and transmitting the location of wireless 911 calls were based…more
| Communications & Media Law

FCC Should Use Scalpel, Not Ax to Preempt State Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband

On Feb. 26, the FCC plans to act to preempt state laws that retard development of municipally owned broadband networks. The breadth of the potential preemption is unclear. The decision will occur at the same meeting at which the…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Water Leaders Testify at Capitol on Water Bond

Earlier this week, California’s water leaders testified during an informational hearing at the Capitol before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife about the new $7.5 billion water bond…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Drone on Drones: Website Promises to Create “No-fly” Zones for Drones

A new website promises to allow property owners to establish a no-fly zone over their land by registering their address with an online database. “NoFlyZone.org” will then partner with drone manufacturers, which will add the…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Transportation

Public Entity May Seek to Recover All Proceeds Derived From a Tainted Contract

Private contractors who provide financial benefits to government employees of agencies with whom they contract will face forfeiture of all proceeds and profits derived from such tainted contracts, an appellate court recently…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting
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