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First Amendment

  • Ninth Circuit Reaffirms First Amendment Protection for Tattoo ParlorsApril 5, 2017On March 29, 2017, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a trial court's decision that a plaintiff did not have standing to challenge the City of Long Beach's zoning ordinances relating to tattoo parlors, in Real v. City of Long Beach.  The City's zoning ordinances restricted tattoo parlors to certain areas of the City; required a 1000-foot buffer between tattoo parlors and bars, adult ... read more
  • Environmental Law

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    Municipal and Special District Law

    • Update on Local Government Challenges in Implementing Proposition 64March 2, 2017Recently, the California Assembly's Committee on Local Government held an informational hearing titled "How Local Governments are Implementing Proposition 64 - the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)."  The purpose was to learn how cities and counties are preparing to implement Proposition 64 and to discuss challenges they may face while developing and administering their rules for marijuana ... read more

    Trial and Litigation

    • Court of Appeal Holds Anti-SLAPP Statute Protects Speech in the Context of Artistic CreationFebruary 16, 2017The Second District Court of Appeal last week affirmed a lower court's ruling granting actor and comedian Marlon Wayans' anti-SLAPP motion in a case involving alleged racial harassment on the set of his movie.  The decision extends the reach of California's anti-SLAPP statute to protect racially charged language made as part of the creative process even where the comments at issue are directed ... read more

    Land Use

    • California Supreme Court Takes Up Medical Marijuana CEQA CaseFebruary 14, 2017The California Supreme Court has granted review in Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of San Diego, a case that will have broad application to California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") review of zoning ordinances, and a more narrow application to the CEQA review of zoning of marijuana establishments. With the recent passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, how ... read more

    Climate Change and Green Initiatives

    • State Releases Scoping Plan Update to Meet New 2030 GHG Reduction GoalFebruary 7, 2017The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released its draft 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update to meet the new State greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal under SB 32 of 40% below 1990 emission levels by 2030.  The Plan builds on the regulations under the existing Scoping Plan adopted to implement the State's 2020 goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels.  The 2030 goal is ... read more
    • BAAQMD Releases Comprehensive Plan for Addressing Air Pollution and Climate ChangeJanuary 26, 2017The Bay Area Air Quality Management District ("BAAQMD") has released a draft Clean Air Plan 2017.  The Plan addresses air pollutants, public health and climate change.  Of particular note, the Plan includes a 2050 target of an 80% reduction below 1990 levels for the Bay Area's greenhouse gases ("GHG") emissions.  This is beyond the recently enacted State goal under SB 32 of a 40% reduction ... read more