Katherine A. Cook
Katherine (Kate) Cook brings considerable experience to the Municipal and Special District Law, and California Public Records Act Practice Groups. She serves as City Attorney for the City of Plymouth, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Rancho Cordova, and General Counsel for Rolling Hills Community Services District. She also currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Public Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.
Kate counsels public entity clients on the full range of public law issues, including the Public Records Act, Brown Act, Political Reform Act, as well as land use, marijuana policy, and election law. She also has experience in employment law matters, including drafting successful responses to charges and complaints filed against public entities with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
She regularly speaks at the California Special Districts Association’s Annual Conference and Board Secretary/Clerk Conference on compliance rules and regulations, including conflicts of interest, acceptance of gifts, Form 700 economic interest disclosure, incompatible offices, campaign contributions, and competitive bidding for public works projects.
Before joining Meyers Nave, Kate worked as an Associate in a small California law firm, specializing in Education Law. She advised school district clients on a variety of issues, including certificated employee matters, including teacher suspensions, dismissals, and layoffs.
A graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, Kate received her Juris Doctorate with distinction in 2010. While there, Kate served as the Articles Editor and a Comment Staff Writer for the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal. She also worked as an intern in the legal departments of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the State Lands Commission. Kate has completed 40 hours of certificated mediator training.
Prior to law school, Kate worked as a staff writer at the Daily Camera, a major-market newspaper in Boulder, Colorado. She covered city and county governments, public school districts, and the University of Colorado. She won Colorado Press Association awards for writing in the categories of education reporting and investigative reporting. While at the University of California, San Diego, Kate played on the Women’s Soccer Team, which won three NCAA national championship titles.
City of Plymouth
- Attend council and staff meetings
- Advise on an extensive range of issues, including general governance, project bidding requirements, contract review, election law, and personnel issues
- Draft ordinances and resolutions on diverse topics
- Review and assist staff in negotiating contracts, license agreements, leases, and easements
City of Rancho Cordova
- Advise the City Manager’s office, Public Works Department, and Community Development Department on a variety of issues, from public bidding and construction matters, to drafting lease agreements to complex land use entitlement issues to CalPERS matters
- Assist the City in drafting and implementing dozens of grant agreements related to the City’s Measure H Community Enhancement Fund. The program involves the dissemination of more than $1 million in annual grants to a variety of community groups, nonprofits, and other public agencies carrying out service projects, parks programs, and educational events.
- Assisted the City Council in its approval of final amendments to the Rio Del Oro Specific Plan, the largest land development project in the City. The Council’s extensive approvals included (1) Amendments to the Rio Del Oro Specific Plan, (2) Public Facilities Financing Plan, (3) Amended and Restated Development Agreements, (4) Large Lot Tentative Subdivision Map, (5) Master Phasing Plan, (6) Affordable Housing Plan, and (7) Environmental Impact Report Addendum. The 3,828 acre mixed-use project will transform the site from mine tailings to a community of neighborhoods with schools, parks and shopping.
- Assisted in the City’s development process for Mather Veterans Village, the first permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans with disabilities in the Sacramento region, involving a partnership between the City, Mercy Housing, Veterans Resource Centers of America, and the County of Sacramento. The facility opened in 2016, on a 3.65-acre lot that was part of the former Mather Air Force Base. The project is a three-story, garden-style community with 50 apartment homes and 3,500 square feet of meeting rooms, staff offices, a computer lab, and a kitchen and lounge area.
Honors and Awards
- Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018
- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Discrimination
- Roger J. Traynor Honor Society
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “Brown Act Training,” California Council of School Attorneys Annual Workshop, 2017
- Author, “California's New Cannabis Regulatory System: What Everyone Needs to Know,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2017
- Author, “Think Locally: Working with Local Government Agencies is Critical to the Success of your Cannabis Business,” MG magazine, July 2017
- Author, “State Agencies Release Draft Regulations for Medical Cannabis Businesses,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2017
- Presenter, “Challenges Ahead,” California Assembly’s Committee on Local Government hearing titled “How Local Governments are Implementing Proposition 64 – the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA),” 2017
- Presenter, "Legalized Recreational Marijuana: Taxation and Ballot Measures," Meyers Nave webinar, 2017
- Author, “Update on Local Government Challenges in Implementing Proposition 64,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2017
- Presenter, “Legalized Recreational Marijuana: The New Wild Wild West for Commercial Activities,” Meyers Nave webinar, 2016
- Presenter, “Recreational Marijuana is Legal in California: Now What? A Guide for Moving Forward from the Passage of Proposition 64,” Meyers Nave webinar, 2016
- Presenter, “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special District Laws,” California Special Districts Association’s Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2016
- Presenter, “The Brown Act and Public Records Act,” City Clerks Association of California, 2016
- Presenter, “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Laws,” California Special Districts Association Workshop, 2016
- Presenter, “Understanding Special District Laws,” California Special Districts Association, 2016
- Presenter, "Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training," California Special Districts Association Webinar, 2016
- Author, “Taxing Marijuana: What Can Cities Do and How Should It Be Done?,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2016
- Author, “Recreational Marijuana is Legal in California – Now What?,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2016
- Presenter, "The Brown Act and Public Records Act," City Clerks Association of California, 2015
- Presenter, "Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special District Laws," California Special Districts Association, 2015
- Presenter, “Brown Act, Conflict of Interest and Public Records Act in California,” Lorman Seminar, 2014
- Presenter, “Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training,” California Special Districts Association Webinar, 2013
- Executive Committee Member, Public Law Section, California Lawyers Association (2017-2020)
- Member, California Council of School Attorneys
- Member, California School Boards Association
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawJD, with distinction, 2010
- University of California at San DiegoBA, Literature and Writing, 1998