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Municipal and Special District Law
- Ballot Initiative Could Increase Rent Control Options for Cities and CountiesJuly 9, 2018The housing affordability crisis is one of the most contentious and complicated issues facing California legislators, but a new statewide initiative on the November 2018 ballot will give the state’s voters a direct voice in what could be a dramatic expansion of rent control policies across the state. If read more
- Court of Appeal Clarifies Dynamex’s ABC Test for Classifying Independent Contractors Does Not Apply to Joint Employer CasesJune 19, 2018The Court of Appeal in Curry v. Equilon Enterprises, LLC (2018) 23 Cal.App.5th 289 clarified the scope the ABC test used in California Supreme Court’s recent employment decision, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903. The Curry ... read more
- Ninth Circuit Rules on Transforming Public Streets into Nonpublic ForumsMarch 12, 2018Immigration and border control issues have been at the forefront of recent public debate. Protestors are pushing for greater access to both monitor the activities of law enforcement agents and to express their opinions. In the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Jacobson v. Department of Homeland Security, 882 F.3d 878 (9th Cir. Feb. 2018) the Court considered protestors’ rights ... read more
- HCD Prematurely Releases Determinations Implementing SB 35’s Streamlined, Ministerial Approval Process for Certain Housing ProjectsFebruary 14, 2018On January 31, 2018, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (“HCD”) made several determinations pursuant to Government Code section 65913.4, commonly referred to as SB 35. read more
- Supreme Court Settles Jurisdictional Issue and Lifts Nationwide Stay of WOTUS RuleJanuary 30, 2018The Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sotomayor, resolved the issue over which federal court has jurisdiction to hear legal challenges to the 2015 “waters of the United States” Rule (“WOTUS Rule”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). Reversing the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court held that lawsuits challenging the 2015 WOTUS Rule first must ... read more