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Legal Notes Archive

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California’s Design Immunity Defense: Why Your City Wants It and How to Get It

California’s Design Immunity Defense: Why Your City Wants It and How to Get It

The defense can shield public agencies from liability.

June 2017
Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

State and federal laws expressly protect a person’s transgender status.

April 2017
Religion in the Public Sector Workplace

Religion in the Public Sector Workplace

Public employers often face situations in which the religious beliefs of their employees become a major legal issue. This article explains applicable law and addresses some common scenarios.

December 2016
Changes Ahead for CEQA Traffic Studies: How Your City Can Prepare Now

Changes Ahead for CEQA Traffic Studies: How Your City Can Prepare Now

An upcoming amendment will significantly change how local public agencies are required to analyze development projects’ traffic impacts.

October 2016
Preserving Access While Regulating Conduct in Public Libraries

Preserving Access While Regulating Conduct in Public Libraries

Open library access can lead to dilemmas such as situations involving patrons who bring in excessive amounts of personal belongings and use the library as a temporary shelter.

August 2016
Maximizing Revenue From City Property With Municipal Leases

Maximizing Revenue From City Property With Municipal Leases

A municipal lease transaction should be evaluated for various legal issues.

June 2016
What You Need to Know About AB 2 and Community Revitalization Tools

What You Need to Know About AB 2 and Community Revitalization Tools

City officials seeking creative ways to finance economic development projects should take a look at the tools provided by AB 2.

April 2016
Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California cities should ensure that their sign codes comply with the court’s strict approach to defining content neutrality.

February 2016
Factfinding Under AB 646: Impacts and Lessons Learned

Factfinding Under AB 646: Impacts and Lessons Learned

When a city and a recognized employee organization are unable to reach agreement on matters within the scope of bargaining, an impasse occurs. In addition to any other resolution process the parties may utilize, such as mediation, AB 646 authorizes the employee organization to request that the parties undergo factfinding.

December 2015
California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Programs

California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Programs

The California Supreme Court in June 2015 issued one of its most important and city-friendly decisions in many years, reaffirming the breadth of cities’ power to address the affordable housing crisis.

October 2015