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City Planning Commission’s Certification of EIR Found Improper Because City Council Improperly Delegated CEQA Certification

A city’s planning commission certified an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for a city general plan update and recommended the city council approve the update. The certification and approval were not appealed to the...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

California Supreme Court: Charter City Contractually Obligated To Arbitrate Employees’ Furlough Dispute

The California Supreme Court was recently asked to resolve the issue of “whether a charter city may arbitrate disputes over collectively bargained wage and hour provisions without unlawfully delegating to the arbitrator its...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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