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Legal Notes Archive

Title Issue
Understanding The City Attorney’s Role

Understanding The City Attorney’s Role

January 2011
How the Second Amendment Right To Bear Arms Affects the Local Police Power to Regulate Firearms

How the Second Amendment Right To Bear Arms Affects the Local Police Power to Regulate Firearms

November 2010
Making Contracts Stick

Making Contracts Stick

September 2010
Challenging the IRS on the Status of Independent Contractors

Challenging the IRS on the Status of Independent Contractors

July 2010
Addressing the Issue of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Addressing the Issue of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The two articles presented here examine the legal standards and practices under which cities may enact local laws either to ban or regulate dispensaries.

May 2010
Danger Signs and Dangerous Sign Codes: Avoiding Five Common Errors in Sign Regulation

Danger Signs and Dangerous Sign Codes: Avoiding Five Common Errors in Sign Regulation

March 2010
The Rules on Lobbying: What Every Local Official Should Know

The Rules on Lobbying: What Every Local Official Should Know

January 2010
Avoiding and Using Chapter 9

Avoiding and Using Chapter 9

The stresses that can result in the drastic step of filing for bankruptcy protection are currently affecting many municipalities, but filing for Chapter 9 protection should be considered a last resort.

November 2009
Shovel-Ready on a Shoestring: Tools for Efficient, Cost-Saving CEQA Compliance

Shovel-Ready on a Shoestring: Tools for Efficient, Cost-Saving CEQA Compliance

Cities can take many simple steps to maximize the efficiency of CEQA review while maintaining legal defensibility, and streamlining the process can also save money.

September 2009

How Cities Can Manage Legal Costs Without Increasing Risk

City attorneys are exploring ways to provide more cost-effective legal assistance while maintaining the level of service expected by the city.

July 2009