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Governor Changes His Mind on CEQA Reform

In published reports, Gov. Jerry Brown discussed that he has had a spiritual conversion, of sorts, on his plans for CEQA reform. He strongly telegraphed that, if he wins a second term, he will not be making a push for CEQA…more
| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Public Input on Development Agreements

Due process rights to notice and a public hearing for those who may be affected do not apply to a public agency’s consideration of approval of a development agreement, an appellate court has ruled. In addition, the First…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Prosecutors are Entitled to Direct Access to Peace Officer Personnel Records

Appellate Court Says No Pitchess Motion Required to Determine if Records Contain Brady Material - Overview: A California appellate court held this week that prosecutors are entitled to direct access — without a Pitchess…more
| Criminal Law

Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond

This November, California voters will decide if $7.5 billion will be made available for local water projects. Passed just in time to qualify for the ballot, AB 1471..…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond to be Placed on November Ballot

If Passed, Funding Available for Local Water Projects - How public agencies seek funding for water quality and storage projects will be impacted if voters approve the state water bond measure passed by the Legislature and…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

Public Participation Hearings on Rate Changes Start Next Month For SCE, PG&E and SDG&E Customers

The California Public Utilities Commission will begin holding a series of public participation hearings throughout the State to provide an opportunity for customers of the three major utility companies to address proposed rate…more
| Energy & Utilities

Legal Ethics Resources

Substantial information on legal ethics is available on the Internet, including: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/guides/legal_ethics.cfm, a broad-based Legal Ethics Research Guide offered by Georgetown Law…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Hobby Lobby ripples still being measured

How can the controversial decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception coverage case impact employers? The U.S. Supreme Court in June decided the controversial case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The court ruled that…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Decision: Voter-Sponsored Local Land Use Initiatives Not Subject to Environmental Review

The proposed expansion of a Wal-Mart store into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the City of Tuolumne, Calif. yielded a California Supreme Court decision that says city councils need not comply with CEQA before adopting a…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

A Pending Supreme Court Case and an FCC Rulemaking May Impact How Local Planning Agencies Handle Wireless Facilities

As wireless towers and other facilities continue to sprout at a rapid pace, regulations that balance your community’s needs and those of wireless providers must keep up. Local governments and their planners should watch two…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative

Opinion Clarifies When CEQA Review is Required for Local Land Use Initiatives - Local governments may adopt voter-sponsored initiatives without conducing environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Federal Court of Appeals Rules that California Water District May Recover Expectancy Damages from the United States

Opinion Reverses Trial Court, and Bureau of Reclamation May Owe Additional Damages for Breach of Water Supply Contract - A recent federal appellate decision may clear the way for water purveyors to collect damages when…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Water District Shorted by Federal Government May Recover Expectancy Damages

A federal appellate court may have made it possible for water purveyors to collect additional damages from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation when water deliveries are shortened due to an inexcusable breach of contract. The…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Deadline for Comments is 5 p.m. on October 10 - As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Police and Body Cameras: Will Cameras Reduce Claims and Increase Transparency?

1600 hours: After briefing, the officer starts her shift. She straps on a body camera. But what next? Can the officer activate or deactivate the recording? Can the footage be deleted during her shift? What if the suspect, the…more
| Constitutional Law, Privacy
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