Published Articles

Every day local governments in California must manage numerous emerging legal issues, as well as carry on the business of operating their cities, counties, districts, and other agencies.  One of the ways our attorneys provide superior value is by authoring articles to provide context and insightful analysis on a wide range of critical issues impacting public agencies today.

Navigating CEQA guidelines and regulating greenhouse gas emissions, addressing ethics and transparency in government, discussing methods to reduce gang violence to make communities safer, and identifying how employers can ensure compliance with labor and employment laws to avoid penalties are a few examples of recently published articles written by our attorneys.
 
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Some of our most recent articles are presented below grouped by their practice area. Older articles are available in the Archives, which can be accessed via the links in the left column.

California Public Records Act

Impact of Public Records Initiative Uncertain

July 21, 2014, The Daily Journal, Nicholaus W. Norvell, Ruthann G. Ziegler

With 62 percent of voters supporting Proposition 42 last month, Californians added two new provisions to the state constitution. The purpose of Prop. 42, according to its proponents, was to ensure that all local public agencies comply with the California Public Records Act (Government Code Sections 6250 et seq.) and the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code Sections 54960 et seq.) by enshrining these open government laws in the California Constitution. Although Californians had previously adopted a constitutional amendment for this purpose, the purpose of Prop.

Environmental Law

CEQA: New Player in Sports Stadium Wars

March 5, 2015, Daily Journal, Timothy D. Cremin, Amrit S. Kulkarni

Ever since the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, cities have competed to keep or attract professional sports teams. Recent activity in the cities of Sacramento, Inglewood and Carson prove that a new state-of-the-art stadium is the most influential factor in convincing a team to stay or luring a team to move. The cities’ playbooks also reveal that an unexpected prominent player is the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA compliance and litigation can be used to undermine the planning, financing and construction of new stadiums.

Labor and Employment

Agency Shop's Last Dance?

March 12, 2015, The Daily Journal, Arthur A. Hartinger

A case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court could alter the legal landscape for public sector labor unions. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the constitutionality of agency shop provisions is squarely joined.

Searching for Vested Rights, Case by Case

May 27, 2014, Daily Journal, Linda Ross

The anguish over unanticipated sky high costs of public employee pensions has given way to anguish over the sky high costs of retiree medical benefits. Since 2006, public employers have been required to report these liabilities, which now amount to billions in unfunded liabilities. Attempting to reduce these liabilities in order to preserve public services, employers have tried various legislative reforms.

Agency Shop's Last Dance? Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

March 16, 2015, Arthur A. Hartinger

A case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court could alter the legal landscape for public sector labor unions. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the constitutionality of agency shop provisions is squarely joined. The question raised in Friedrichs is whether the First Amendment right to freedom of expression should trump agency shop.

Land Use

Daily Journal Profiles Amrit Kulkarni re: California Supreme Court CEQA Victory

March 10, 2015, The Daily Journal, Amrit S. Kulkarni

In a highly anticipated decision regarding the California Environmental Quality Act, Berkeley Hillside Preservation v.

Trial and Litigation

Guide to Defending Against Excessive Force Claims

May 15, 2015, Daily Journal, Blake P. Loebs

Peace officer conduct is under increasing scrutiny throughout the country and related litigation is rising. The fundamental principle is that the end game for each case must be determined immediately and it will both direct and drive the respective litigation plan. 

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