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Sky Woodruff

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Overview

Sky Woodruff advises public agency clients on general municipal law issues, specializing in the areas of revenue and taxation, elections law, and land use and associated environmental issues. He also regularly assists public agencies with Brown Act and Public Records Act issues. He has worked with a wide variety of the firm’s public agency clients, assisting both with complex special projects and with the diverse everyday issues that confront them. Sky serves as City Attorney for the cities of El Cerrito, Larkspur and South San Francisco, and General Counsel of the Local Government Services Authority. He chairs the firm’s Public Finance Practice Group.

With an eye toward preserving and enhancing local government revenue to fund essential services and infrastructure, Sky assists cities, special districts, and other local government agencies with taxes, fees, and assessments, including updating and adopting development impact, property-related, services, and other fees; preparing necessary documents and providing counsel regarding the process for obtaining approval for assessments; and advising regarding all aspects of parcel, utility users’, local sales, cannabis business, transient occupancy and other taxes, within the limitations imposed by Propositions 13, 62, 218, and 26.

Sky has also advised public agencies in all areas of elections law, providing assistance on more than 60 local initiatives and referenda on a variety of issues. He regularly advises clients on:

  • Developing a communications strategy for ballot measures;
  • Analyzing and providing opinions regarding the lawfulness of various measures, including those affecting land use, taxes, and local government structure;
  • Preparing materials for measures sponsored by local governments; and
  • Successfully challenging unlawful ballot measures and defending measures proposed by local governments from such challenges.

As part of his land use practice, Sky has advised public agencies in various aspects of projects ranging from simple variances to large-scale residential and commercial developments. Sky previously served on the League of California Cities Ad Hoc Prop. 26 Committee. This taskforce was charged with preparing guidance regarding the proposition’s implementation. The measure imposed new procedural and substantive requirements on some local fees.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Sky was an associate at a Bay Area law firm, focusing his practice on employment litigation. During law school, he twice clerked in for City of San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he worked on litigation against American tobacco companies and served on the telecommunications team.

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