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Municipal and Special District Law

  • Cities and Counties Must Collect Fees to Fund Development of State Building StandardsDecember 12, 2008 Effective January 1, 2009, cities and counties must collect, on behalf of the California Building Standards Commission ("Commission"), a fee from building permit applicants based on building valuation to fund development of statewide building standards. SB 1473 (Calderon) added Health and Safety Code Sections 18930.5, 18931.6, 18931.7 and 18938.3 to mandate the collection of the fees to ... read more
  • New Legislation Limits Local Governments Regulatory Authority of Massage EstablishmentsOctober 14, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 731 (Oropeza) which provides for voluntary statewide certification of massage therapists and massage practitioners by the Massage Therapy Organization ("MTO"), a new nonprofit organization comprised of representatives selected from various agencies. The League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties each have the ... read more
  • Important Changes to the Brown Act Effective July 1, 2008July 1, 2008 Effective July 1, 2008, the Ralph M. Brown Act ("Brown Act"), imposes additional requirements on local agencies concerning regular meeting agendas and documents prepared by the agency for regular meetings. (See Government Code Section 54957.5.) Current law requires that, when the local agency distributes non-confidential documents or writings prepared by the agency to all or a majority ... read more

Environmental Law

Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Full Summary of California Senate Bill 375October 2, 2008Assembly Bill 32 requires reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California to 1990 levels no later than 2020. Since the transportation sector contributes over 40% of California's GHG emissions, SB 375 seeks to reduce GHGs from vehicle trips by changing growth patterns in a way that reduces overall driving.SB 375 integrates land use, regional transportation plans and housing allocation ... read more

Climate Change and Green Initiatives

Land Use


  • Redevelopment Reporting Requirements; New LegislationFebruary 25, 2008This Memorandum describes recent changes in Community Redevelopment Law and summarizes redevelopment agency reporting requirements. Redevelopment Plan Time Limits Must be Identified in Implementation Plans and Reports to the Legislative Body  (SB 437, amending Health and Safety Code Sections 33080.1 and 33490.) Effective January 1, 2008, redevelopment agency implementation plans ... read more