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 Drought – Legal Services & Resources

The "Waters of the United States” Rule Sows Yet More Confusion

May 1, 2016, Environmental Forum, Joshua A. Bloom

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have attempted over a number of years to develop a workable definition of "waters of the United States," which form the boundaries of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

California Public Records Act

CA Supreme Court Rules Inadvertent Disclosure of Public Records Does Not Waive Applicable Privileges

March 30, 2016, Daily Journal, Nicholaus W. Norvell, Ruthann G. Ziegler

On March 17, the California Supreme Court resolved conflicting appellate court decisions on a critical issue for public agencies – does an inadvertent disclosure of public records waive privileges associated with those records? (Ardon v. City of Los Angeles (March 17, 2016, S223876).) 

California Public Utilities Commission

Hidden Dangers of Underground Infrastructure

July 15, 2015, Lamorinda Weekly, Britt K. Strottman

Most people do not know what lies beneath the streets they live and travel on each day. Communities contain multiple systems of wires and pipes for delivering water, sewage, storm drainage, gas and electricity - all of which can pose life-threatening dangers when least expected.

Labor and Employment

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: A Legal Overview and Practical Suggestions for the Future

April 25, 2016, California Special District Magazine, Gina M. Roccanova

In the twenty years since medical marijuana became legal in California, public acceptance of both medical and recreational uses of the drug has continued to increase. A 2014 study estimated that 1.4 million Californians have used marijuana medically.

Municipal and Special District Law

Privacy Expectations in an Era of Drones

May 1, 2016, California Litigation, Kristopher Kokotaylo

The Federal Aviation Administration's Aerospace Forecast projects that the number of small unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, in the U.S. will increase from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020 (4.3 million hobbyist and 2.7 million commercial).

What Can Municipalities Do About Drones?

December 18, 2015, The Muncipal Lawyer Magazine, John D. Bakker

In an extremely short amount of time, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) have transitioned from their initial military applications to a wide range of uses by civilian government agencies, businesses, and individuals. Both the uses and owners/operators of drones will continue to proliferate as mass production improves affordability, and technological advancements make them more sophisticated, easier to maneuver, and smaller. 

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