Sky Woodruff

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 currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of El Cerrito and Larkspur and as Special Counsel for the City of South San Francisco. He serves as the Chair of 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 is able to assist clients in all aspects of the election process, or with specific needs. He is commonly asked to assist his clients with:

  • Developing election strategy;
  • Analyzing and providing opinions regarding the lawfulness of various measures, including those affecting such topics as land use, taxes and the structure of local government;
  • 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 implementation of the proposition, which California voters approved at the November 2010 election. The measure imposes new procedural and substantive requirements on some local fees.
 
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Sky was an associate at a Bay Area law firm, where his practice focused on employment litigation. During law school, he twice clerked in the city attorney’s office of the City of San Francisco, where he worked on litigation against American tobacco companies and on the telecommunications team.

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Update on Assessment Requirements Under Proposition 218,” LOCC City Attorneys’ Spring Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “The Legalities of Public Agency Participation in Elections,” Association of California Water Agencies’ CLE Workshop for Water Professionals, 2012
  • Speaker, "Proposition 26-Impact on State and Local Governments," 84th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, 2011
  • Speaker, “Subdivision Improvement Security: A Potentially Untapped Source of Revenue for Local Government,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2011
  • Speaker, “Planning a November 2011 Revenue Measure: How to Ask Residents for Additional Revenue During the Toughest Economy in Generations,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2011
  • Speaker, “Impact of Proposition 26 on Local Governments,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2011

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, The State Bar of California, Public Law Section
  • Member, Bay Area City Attorneys (BACA)
  • Member, California Political Attorneys Association (CPAA)
  • Member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)
  • Former Member, League of California Cities Ad Hoc Prop. 26 Committee

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, JD, 1998
  • Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, BS, Humanities and International Affairs, summa cum laude and with honors in History, 1994