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Gear Up for Driverless Cars: The Billion Dollar Questions – When, How and What?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference on the topic of autonomous vehicles. Coincidentally, the presentation was the same day Uber announced it would be launching…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning

Additional Reporting and Compliance Requirements - The Federal Communications Commission published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, imposing new reporting requirements on public, educational and governmental…more
| Communications & Media Law

Sweeping Six-Case Win For Water District Helps Secure Orange County's Water Supply

In early May, the Fourth District Court of Appeal took an important step toward helping to secure Orange County’s water supply. It issued several opinions in response to challenges to a proposed public-private partnership…more
| Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Ford Puts Autonomous Vehicles in the Fast Lane

As the conversation around driverless cars progresses from “if” to “when,” the debate over the timeline for the mainstreaming of this technology rages on. Some argue millions of driverless cars will be available by 2020. Others…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Drone on Drones: NLC Releases “Cities and Drones” Report and Draft Ordinance

The National League of Cities released a municipal guide designed to serve as a primer on drones for local officials. Published this week, Cities and Drones provides insight into the FAA’s recently released rules on drone…more
| Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Ethics Advisor: 13 Things You Need to Know About Campaign Restrictions

Ya no aguanto. (I can’t take it anymore.) Can we POSSIBLY get away from campaigning and politics for a little while? Sorry folks, pero, no. Puntada. (but, no. Period.) With the 2016 Presidential election campaign in…more
| Elections & Politics

Engaging California Voters

An estimated 8.9 million people voted in California’s June 7 election, representing just under 50 percent of the entire voting-eligible population, according to news reports. The turnout seems quite remarkable compared to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Transportation

Can “Big Brother” Bring Big Improvements to Provision of Local Government Services?

Public agencies can enhance municipal services and promote innovation through the transparent collection and analysis of “Big Data.” The data compiled from data collection technologies currently deployed in cities, such as smart…more
| Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed - Individual elected officials are exercising their right to free speech when they cast their votes — even if those votes might be the result of corruption or based in a…more
| Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

Best in Law: How a Business Owner Can Weigh Buying vs. Leasing

Making an investment in real estate can be a valuable long-term venture for business owners – one that can continue to generate revenue even if a business moves on or is sold. Originally published in Riverside…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

FPPC Initiates its Political Reform Act Revision Project

The Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with the implementation, interpretation and frontline enforcement of the Political Reform Act, launched its Political Reform Act Revision Project. The Commission is partnering…more
| Elections & Politics

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development…more
| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting, Science, Computers, & Technology, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Wastewater Treatment Becomes Another Area for Public-Private Partnership

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has extended its agreement with Veolia North America to manage and operate its collection and wastewater treatment system under a 10-year, $500 million contract, according to this…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

Potential Recreational Marijuana Legalization (in California) Should Force Local Governments to Cultivate New Regulations

California may soon join the growing number of states that allow recreational marijuana with the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative (or Proposition 64) on the November ballot. The measure would legalize…more
| Elections & Politics

California State Water Board Extends Public Comment Period for Wetlands Policy; New Permits Likely to be Required

Public Comments Due Aug.18 - The State Water Board recently held a public hearing on controversial proposed amendments to the California Ocean Plan and the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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