Client Alerts

The California state legislature and courts as well as local governments are continuously changing the legal landscape.  Staying abreast of new laws, regulations and other legal developments, and analyzing their impact on local governments is what makes our attorneys some of the best in the state. In addition, we write timely alerts to keep our clients informed of developing legal news and analysis.

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Some of our most recent alerts are presented below grouped by their practice area. Older alerts are available in the Archives, which can be accessed via the links in the left column.

California Drought – Legal Services & Resources

State Begins Process to Consider Extension of Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

November 9, 2015, Meyers Nave, Gregory J. Newmark

On Nov. 9, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued a public notice that it is soliciting comments and holding a workshop on the potential extension of emergency water conservation regulations imposed on Urban Water Suppliers in May 2015.  Written comments are due by December 2, 2015, and the workshop will be held December 7, 2015.

Economic Development, Real Estate and Housing

Build the Arena, and Lawsuits Will Come

September 14, 2015, Amrit S. Kulkarni, Dawn McIntosh

The most valuable player in the competition to retain and recruit professional sports teams is the promise of a new arena -- multi-million dollar projects that are often controversial, particularly when public funding is involved. The critical question is how to turn the promise into reality, and the answer sheds light on strategies that can be used to help move forward all types of major economic development projects.

Environmental Law

Appellate Court Rules on CA Supreme Court’s Seminal CEQA “Unusual Circumstances Exception” Case

October 19, 2015, Julia Bond, Amrit S. Kulkarni

In Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley (Oct. 15, 2015), __ Cal.App.4th __, the First District of the California Courts of Appeal applied the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on remand, and found that substantial evidence supported the City of Berkeley’s finding that a project was categorically exempt from further CEQA review.

First District Decision May Be the End of State Lands Commission’s Practice of Exempting Land Exchanges Under CEQA

September 23, 2015, Shaye Diveley

In Defend Our Waterfront v. California State Lands Commission (Sept. 17, 2015) __Cal.App.4th __, the First District of the California Court of Appeal rejected the California State Lands Commission's attempt to use a statutory exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for title and boundary disputes to approve a land exchange for the embattled 8 Washington Street mixed-use project on San Francisco's waterfront.

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