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Public Contracts

Environmental Law

Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation

  • Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Finds Goleta’s Mobile Home Rent Control OrdinanceDecember 23, 2010An en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit, in a much anticipated decision, has found that the City of Goleta’s mobile home rent control ordinance did not cause a taking of the Guggenheim’s property because they received exactly what they bargained for. The court rejected the reasoning of the three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit that previously found a taking had occurred and affirmed the trial ... read more

Trial and Litigation

Municipal and Special District Law

Public Finance

  • Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Gives Public Entities New Rights as the SEC Seeks CommentAugust 10, 2010 With the ink barely dry on the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, a new world dawns as municipal and other public agencies get new rights and protections formerly reserved to the investor community. The legislation comprises the most massive and sweeping changes to the financial markets since the Great Depression, and its effects will be multiplied through hundreds of mandated rulemaking and ... read more

Labor and Employment

Climate Change and Green Initiatives

Land Use

Economic Development

  • Redevelopment Agency SERAF Payment Requirements Upheld; CRA Will AppealMay 4, 2010In a setback for redevelopment agencies, Judge Lloyd Connelly ruled today to deny petitions seeking to overturn AB 26 x4 which mandates a statewide contribution from redevelopment agencies equal to an aggregate $1.7 billion during fiscal year 2009-10 and an additional $350 million in fiscal year 2010-11. The 2009-10 payments are due to county auditor-controllers on May 10. In the 24-page ruling, ... read more

Writs and Appeals

Transportation and Infrastructure


  • Court of Appeal Publishes Opinion in Hotly Debated Community Redevelopment CaseJanuary 14, 2010The Court of Appeal has published its December opinion in JSM Rivara, LLC v. the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles (JSM Rivara, LLC v. CRA/LA). Its publication underscores the importance of the case for redevelopment agencies around the state. JSM Rivara, LLC v. CRA/LA raised significant ... read more