Best Best & Krieger LLP

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300 South Grand Ave
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Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States
Phone: (951) 826-8480
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100+ Attorneys

Ninth Circuit Requires Evidence of No Injury, Recognizes Forfeiture of Pre-1919 Arizona Water Rights

A recent ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the importance of beneficially using water, as currently recognized in California, to maintain state water rights. On June 13, a three-judge panel rejected…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge - California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to Prop. 218 Without Public Protest

A ratepayer is not required to file a written protest or appear at a public hearing for the adoption of new or increased property-related fees prior to filing a legal challenge to those fees, a California Court of Appeal decided…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Non-Property Owners in Cities and Counties May Now Sue for Wasteful Government Spending - California Supreme Court Decision Widens Potential Claimant Pool

Residents need not pay property taxes in their city or county to have standing to sue the entity for wasteful or illegal expenditures, the California Supreme Court said recently in an opinion that overturned lower court…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Taxation

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches - JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

The Senate Bill 1266-imposed deadline for joint powers agencies and joint powers authorities to file their joint powers agreements and any amendments with the LAFCO in each applicable county is approaching. JPAs formed prior to…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Trail Immunity Not a Given for Public Agencies When Injuries Caused by Adjacent Property

Of the many immunities available under the California Government Code, “trail immunity” under section 831.4 has long shielded public entities from liability when injuries are suffered by those using public property for…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury

The Ethics Advisor: Cuidado with Decisions that Hit Too Close to Home (Literally)

Mi casa es su casa is a good rule of thumb in a close, tight-knit community, and welcoming friends and neighbors into the fold for celebrations and gatherings is ingrained in many peoples’ DNA. Nevertheless, when it comes to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly - Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

As drafted, Senate Bill 649 would give wireless providers a significant advantage over local government in negotiating the placement of small cells in the public right of way and on public property. Cities that have an interest…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Science, Computers, & Technology

Department of Labor Rescinds Two Memos Broadening Joint Employer Liability - Impact on Court Decisions is Unclear

The Department of Labor’s decision this week to rescind two of its memos from the Obama administration regarding joint employer liability may be a hint of what’s to come under the new White House. The repealed memos…more
 /  Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

School District Can’t Stop Transgender Student from Using Restroom of Choice - Federal Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Injunction Against District

For years, California law has required school districts to allow a student to use restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity no matter what gender is listed on the pupil’s records. However, a case decided…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes - Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services” for New Development Remains

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a development association’s petition for review of a California Court of Appeal’s decision that the Mello-Roos Act of 1972 allows the City of San Ramon to levy a special tax to…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County - BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project Dispute

Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys successfully defended a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County from a series of challenges brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Partners Michelle…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

Beach to ski town and every city in between, it’s easier than ever to book vacation rentals. Today, travelers and homeowners are directly connected through the home-sharing websites Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, and…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Trump’s Water Resources Budget Requests

Below is a chart that shows President Trump’s water resources budget requests for the next fiscal year for the three major agencies: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana - BB&K Team Represented City

In a decision that supports both history and progress, a California appellate court on Wednesday rejected several legal challenges to a residential project on a portion of a former orchard. Representing the City of Santa Ana,…more
 /  Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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