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San Francisco Cannot Sue Federal Agency For Gas Explosion Under APA

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit issued its Opinion in City & County of San Francisco v. US Department of Transportation, holding the City may not proceed against the Secretary of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury

Water Conservation Pays off in California

Cities and communities throughout California logged impressive water savings during the month of June, according to the State Water Resources Control Board. Figures released Thursday show the use of urban potable water in…more
| Energy & Utilities

California Supreme Court Denies Requests to Depublish San Juan Capistrano Case

Action Means the Closely Watched Tiered Water Rate Case Is Final - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied requests to depublish the appellate court opinion in Capistrano Taxpayers Association v. City of San Juan…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities

Drone on Drones: Fly into the Danger Zone

It’s wildfire season in California, a dangerous time of year made worse by the ongoing drought. Yet, another threat entirely is plaguing firefighters this year. During at least five fires over the past month, aircraft dispatched…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Is the Tide Turning on the Marijuana Legalization Conversation?

The California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy just changed the conversation on marijuana legalization. In the past, the discussion centered on decriminalization but not regulation. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, however,…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

California Department of Water Resources Adopts Update to the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

Cities and Counties Will be Required to Update their Existing Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances or Otherwise be Subject to the New Model Ordinance - An updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that establishes…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Draft Basin Boundary Regulations Released

Public Comments Due Sept. 4 - The California Department of Water Resources has released draft emergency regulations governing how groundwater basin boundaries may be modified or redrawn under the state’s Sustainable…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

More Than $200 Million Available to Support California Businesses

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development will award more than $200 million in California Competes Tax Credits within the next year. The tax credits are for businesses that want to move to California, or…more
| Business Organizations

Community-Based P3 Programs for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Partnerships between the public and private sector can help improve and sustain the ability of local governments to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain various infrastructure. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

First Water Curtailment Action Filed in California

In the first of possibly many enforcement actions this year, the State Water Resource Control Board issued a draft cease-and-desist order against West Side Irrigation District in Tracy, Calif., demanding the District curb its…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities

Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger

With approval of their proposed merger pending in the FCC, Charter and TWC recently filed an application to amend service provider certifications of operating authority with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. On Friday, the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions

Dead in the Water: The Western Water and American Food Security Act

The Western Water and American Food Security Act was — and is — pre-ordained to fail. It exacerbates the split within California over drought response, takes on the always controversial Endangered Species Act and, thereby, makes…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

CPUC Judge Finds Uber in Contempt, Threatens Suspension of Service

Uber may have to suspend service in California and pay a $7.3 million fine as a penalty for withholding information from state regulators, according to a ruling this week by a CPUC administrative law judge. The decision found…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Remedies, Privacy, Transportation

Reining in Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rentals

Municipalities from New York to San Francisco are cracking down on the vacation-rental industry. Each city has approached the situation in a wildly different manner, but one factor remains the same: Restrictions on these…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Anti-Discrimination Housing Laws Tackled by U.S. Supreme Court

Public Agencies May Face Litigation, but Court-Imposed Safeguards to Limit Liability - Having taken up the question twice before only to see both cases settle, the United States Supreme Court recently concluded that claims…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation
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