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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, land use and environmental law, and telecommunications. Since joining the firm in 2000, he has worked with a number of cities and agencies, assisting both with special projects and with the diverse array of issues confronting local governments on a daily basis. Sky serves as City Attorney for the cities of El Cerrito and Larkspur and as Special Counsel for the City of South San Francisco. He chairs the firm’s Public Finance Practice Group.

With an eye toward preserving and enhancing local government revenue, Sky has helped several cities update and adopt development impact and other fees and has assisted with the implementation of a variety of assessments. He has also advised public agencies in all areas of elections law and has broad experience with local initiatives and referenda. He assists clients in all aspects of the election process, or with specific needs. He is frequently advises clients on:

  • Developing an election strategy;
  • 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.

Sky has advised his clients on parcel, utility users’, transient occupancy and other taxes within the limitations imposed by propositions 13, 62 and 218. 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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