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  • Vapor Intrusion Regulation Update: Status and Impact of 2020 Supplemental GuidanceDecember 15, 2020Vapor Intrusion is the migration of chemical vapors from the subsurface into commercial and residential buildings. Vapors can migrate through soil and into buildings through cracks in foundations, basements, crawl spaces and sewers. In February 2020, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the State Water Resources Control Board issued in draft form Supplemental Guidance: Screening ... read more
  • COVID-19 Phased Reopening: State and Local Code Enforcement Issues and Related First Amendment ChallengesAugust 25, 2020The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is referred to as “novel” and it is now presenting novel and constantly changing legal issues relating to enforcement at the state and local levels regarding Executive Orders, Emergency Health Orders, Shelter In Place Orders, and Reopening Plans. Front-line enforcement issues run the gamut from the state’s ability to withhold funding and involvement of the state task force ... read more
  • Strategies for Obtaining Public Agency Approvals and Minimizing Legal Risks for Sports Facility ProjectsAugust 12, 2020The two most complex challenges in the development and on-time completion of professional sports facilities are (1) obtaining the myriad of approvals and permits from local, state and federal agencies and (2) defending against a broad range of legal objections that project opponents often pursue in court. These challenges are becoming more complicated as sports facilities are likely to be part of larger mixed-use developments ... read more
  • Shelter In Place and Reopening Plan Litigation: Tips and Strategies for the New Wave of Legal Challenges Facing Counties and CitiesJune 4, 2020States, counties and cities are responding to the public health and safety crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with various Shelter In Place Orders and Reopening Plans that restrict activities of individuals, businesses and organizations of all types. In 1905 in Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Supreme Court held that “[t]he liberty secured by the Constitution … does not import an absolute right in ... read more
  • SB 743 & VMT – CEQA Implementation and Issues for Agencies and DevelopersMay 21, 2020Beginning July 1, 2020, SB 743 requires the analysis of transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) rather than level of service (LOS). This is a significant change in the way transportation analysis traditionally has been conducted under CEQA. The requirement for VMT analysis presents challenging issues for public agencies relating to the adoption and implementation of ... read more
  • Newsom Issues Three COVID-19 Brown Act Orders: Here’s What He Urgently ChangedMarch 31, 2020Governor Newsom recently signed three Executive Orders that changed fundamental limitations and requirements of the Brown Act.  He signed Executive Order N-25-20 on March 12, Executive Order N-29-20 on March 17, and Executive Order N-35-20 on March 21. Before everyone had figured out the section of the March 12 order that addressed the Brown Act, parts of that section were withdrawn and superseded by the ... read more
  • PFAS Update: The “Forever Chemical” in the News, in the Movies and in the CourtsMarch 25, 202099% of Americans exhibit some level of PFAS. The EPA warns that PFAS could cause health issues, including thyroid disorders, liver problems and cancer. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals found in many consumer products that are used daily, such as cookware, pizza boxes, and water and stain repellants for clothing. PFAS are also found in the environment, including drinking water, groundwater and soil. ... read more
  • How Can Public Works Departments Prepare for Emergencies and Be Eligible for Federal & State Reimbursement?March 19, 2020Please join Meyers Nave Principal Eric Casher and Of Counsel Steve Burke for a presentation titled "Public Contracting Requirements: Emergency Preparedness and Federal and State Reimbursement" at the Public Works Officers Institute hosted by the League of California Cities on March 19. Eric and Steve will be joined by co-presenters Jason Nutt, Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Works for the City of Santa ... read more
  • California Construction Conference: Legal Developments and Practical AdviceMarch 12, 2020Meyers Nave Principal Doug McManamon invites you to attend the 6th Annual California Construction Law Conference to be held March 12-13 in Marina del Rey, CA. Doug will be a co-panelist on the topic of “Review and Comparison of Major Industry Forms: AIA vs. ConsensusDOCS.” His presentation will cover issues relating to indemnity, changes, differing site conditions, waiver clauses, delays and contingency. The conference is ... read more
  • Affinity Groups and Employee Resource Groups: Supporting Diversity or Widening the Divide?March 9, 2020Affinity Groups, or Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), are typically created and managed by employees who join together based on common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors such as gender, race or ethnicity. Some organizations encourage these groups to help improve employee satisfaction, foster an atmosphere of inclusion, and assist with the professional development of employees. Many employers also use these groups to improve the leadership development ... read more