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Nebraska Approves Route for Keystone Pipeline XL

by King & Spalding on

On November 20, 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a route for the Keystone XL Pipeline (Pipeline) to pass through Nebraska. Although the approval is a significant milestone for the Pipeline and the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Groups file lawsuit to undo Trump administration’s approval of Cadiz project - San Bernardino Sun - Nov 28 Three conservation and health safety groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the...more

Second Annual Arizona Drone Summit Held in Mesa

by Snell & Wilmer on

Earlier this month in collaboration with the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, Arizona UAS Magazine produced and organized Arizona’s second annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at...more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

PA Legislation Transfers “One Call” Enforcement Responsibilities to PUC

by Cozen O'Connor on

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Senate Bill 242 into law, a legislative initiative designed to make significant changes to Pennsylvania’s “One Call System,” a warning system for excavators that helps them avoid...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - White House receives recommendations that could open national marine sanctuaries to oil drilling - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 27 Six months after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday committed...more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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...more

Cities Plan for Future of Autonomous Cars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles. NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles. Now, the...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

New P3 Opportunities for Government Technology

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are frequently associated with physical infrastructure, P3s are inherently flexible and can be utilized for the time and cost-effective delivery of virtually any public good or...more

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

EPA Identifies First Ten Chemical Substances For Evaluation Under New TSCA

As we outlined earlier this year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those that are already in use in...more

Infraestructura para vehículos eléctricos: tierra fértil para las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

En 2006, el documental “Who killed the electric car?“ (¿Quién mató al automóvil eléctrico?) llegó a los cines. Diez años después, aún existe considerable desacuerdo sobre la respuesta a esa pregunta, pero ha salido a la luz...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

by Benesch on

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

OpenStreetMap Publishes Collective Database Guidelines (Examples Included)

by Williams Mullen on

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world based upon data contributed by volunteers from around the globe. It is operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation on behalf of the volunteer community. OpenStreetMap and the data are...more

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