Best Best & Krieger LLP

Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa…more
| Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, Health, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order

California’s sweeping restrictions on water use could be extended deep into next year under a new Executive Order by Gov. Jerry Brown. If drought conditions persist through January 2016, the Order provides that emergency…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Natural Resource Conservation Subject of White House Directive to Agencies

A recently released Presidential Memorandum will likely spur new policies related to development and natural resources, possibly impacting public agencies, developers and the like. “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

The Ethics Advisor: I’ve Just Been Elected (or Re-Elected) to Local Public Office — Now What?

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Congratulations, Ms. or Mr. Newly-Elected Public Official, and welcome to the world of local government and public…more
| Elections & Politics

Federal Transportation Update: Highway Extensions, Buy America Waivers and Rulemakings

Two Week Highway Trust Fund Extension While Conference Takes Place - Congress agreed to extend the Highway Trust Fund by two weeks until Dec. 4 so that House and Senate conferees could meet to craft a final version of the…more
| Elections & Politics, Transportation

California Appellate Court Addresses Release of City Attorney’s Private E-mails

An appellate court ordered a trial court judge to reconsider his order that e-mails to and from the San Diego city attorney’s personal account be released publicly. The League of California Cities argued that e-mails between its…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Privacy

New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved

Current Disclosure Requirements for Building Owners and Tenants Repealed - A complicated energy reporting requirement for owners and tenants of commercial and multifamily buildings is ending under a new law that takes…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act - Does Not Include Negotiation of a Project Labor Agreement When the Workers are Not Employees

The labor negotiations exception to the open-meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act does not permit a community college district’s governing board to meet in closed session to discuss the negotiation of a project labor…more
| Administrative Law, Education, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall - The State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating extending the mandatory emergency water restrictions that it imposed…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

As El Nino Looms, State Weighs Extension of Conservation Regs

Rains have begun to return to California as El Nino emerges from the Pacific Ocean. After four years of drought, water providers throughout the state have begun to question how state government should approach conservation…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

The Meaning of “Malfeasance in Office” and the Lifetime Ban to Holding Office it Carries

The California Attorney General concluded in a recent opinion that the City of Commerce has the right to sue a sitting city councilmember convicted of a crime to test if he has the right to hold office. The Attorney General…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law

High Court Grants Broader Immunity to Police Using Deadly Force in Chases

Officers are immune from liability in lawsuits alleging use of deadly force against fleeing suspects unless it is “beyond debate” that a shooting was unjustified and clearly unreasonable, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Water Rights Adjudication Process Serving Streamlined

AB 1390 expedites comprehensive groundwater adjudications to determine rights to extract groundwater in a basin. While AB 1390, a companion bill to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, streamlines several aspects…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Reaffirms First Amendment Right to Record Police in Public

As deputy U.S. marshals detained a group of people in Beatriz Paez’s neighborhood, the 34-year-old South Gate, Calif. resident began recording the incident. Video from another camera-wielding bystander rolls as a different scene…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 – Part I

Yesterday, the House of Representatives began consideration of a six-year highway and transit reauthorization bill. It combines the House bill that came out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 29 and…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Transportation
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