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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

Charlotte General Election Newsletter

Election Analysis - Consistent with past local elections, less than 15 percent of registered voters turned out to the Charlotte general election yesterday. Democrats again dominated the polls, holding the mayoral office...more

Tax Haven List Repealed by D.C. Council

After being in effect for only a week, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously enacted legislation on November 3, 2015 that will repeal the list of tax haven jurisdictions specifically enumerated in the...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

California Court: School Districts Cannot Prevent Posting of Videos of Open Board Meetings

Our friends over at the EdLawConnectBlog in California published a blog about an interesting case from the Golden State that school leaders from across the country may find interesting. The case addressed whether school...more

The Ethics Advisor: The Proper Roles of Staff and Elected Officials

Most cities in California (an overwhelming 97 percent) operate under the “Council-Manager form of government,” under which the elected councilmembers directly hire and oversee one top-level employee (the city manager) to...more

Chicago City Council approves changes to Transit Oriented Development

The City of Chicago City Council voted on Thursday, Sept. 25 to approve a revised Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance. The revised TOD ordinance expands the boundaries of eligible properties and allows the...more

D.C. Council Introduces Legislation That Would Give D.C. Employees Up to 16 Weeks of Paid Family and Medical Leave

On October 6, 2015, the D.C. Council introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2014. If enacted, the proposed law will allow employees in D.C. to take up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave in a 12-month period,...more

D.C. Council Introduces Bill Providing 16 Weeks Of PAID Leave to D.C. Employees

Yesterday (October 6, 2015), 7 of the 13 members of the Council of the District of Columbia introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (the “Act”). If passed, the Act would significantly impact employers and workers in...more

Federal Court Nixes City’s Attempt to Use Copyright Law to Curtail Critic’s Speech on YouTube

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015 order in City of...more

Court Dismisses City’s Copyright Claim Against Critic for Using Council Meeting Clips in YouTube Videos

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015, Order in City of...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Time Law

Last week, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the Paid Sick Days Act (the Act), which Mayor Bill Peduto is projected to sign into law shortly. The Act is expected to become effective 90 days after the mayor signs it and the...more

NYC “Ban the Box” Bill Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On June 10th, by a 45-5 vote, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. No. 318) to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to further restrict employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

City's Revenue Transfer From its Wastewater Utility to its General Fund Is Justified

California Appellate Court Holds that Transfer Did Not Violate Proposition 218 - In a challenge to the transfer of revenues from a city’s wastewater utility to its general fund, a California Appellate Court held Tuesday...more

Real Estate and Land Use: Party On...

Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 1012 - Why It Matters: Woody’s Group establishes a very low threshold to prove a decision maker’s unacceptable probability of actual bias, thereby...more

Updated New Orleans Zoning Ordinance Threatens Microbreweries and Microdistilleries

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote on the draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) on May 14, 2015. The CZO will have major implications for micro-distilleries and micro-breweries, which have been lightly...more

Council Member Barred From Considering Own Appeal

In Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that the City Council of Newport Beach “violated two basic principles of fairness: you can’t be a judge in your own case, and you can’t...more

City Council, Not Planning Commission, Must Certify EIR Where Council Approves Project

In California Clean Energy Committee v. City of San Jose, the Sixth District Court of Appeal recently held that the City Council of the City of San Jose (“City”), not the Planning Commission, was required to certify an EIR...more

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Election Report

Democrat Patrick Cannon won the Charlotte mayoral bid last night, besting Republican opponent Edwin Peacock by less than 6,000 votes. Cannon entered Tuesday with a significant lead in the polls, winning 65% of the early...more

Ethics Laws and the Importance of Transparency for Public Officials [Video]

Matthew "Mal" Richardson, who serves as city attorney of Stanton and assistant city attorney of Lake Forest, talks about the Brown Act, ethics training for public officials and other important laws and regulations that ensure...more

New York City Council Passes the Earned Sick Time Act

On Wednesday, May 8, the New York City Council passed the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (the "Act"), which requires most New York City employers to provide mandatory paid and unpaid sick leave to employees working in New...more

As Expected, New York City Council Overwhelmingly Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

In a move that was expected for weeks, the New York City Council on May 8, 2013 finally passed—by an overwhelming majority—a bill requiring city employers to provide employees with five days of annual paid sick leave,...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Opening Prayers at City Council Meetings - Prayers May Be Sectarian But May Not Proselytize or Disparage...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently upheld as constitutional a city council’s practice of opening its sessions with prayer. The court upheld the city’s policy concerning such prayers, which extended the invitation to lead...more

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