State and local governments can be targets for vexatious
litigants, individuals who file “do-it-yourself” lawsuits and
represent themselves in court.
Cities and other public entities are generally required to put
significant contracts out for competitive bidding and to award
the contract to the lowest responsible bidder. Sometimes a
Much effort has been expended trying to explain and analyze the
purpose and effect of Proposition 26, the so-called “Stop Hidden
Taxes Initiative.” This article provides the non-expert with…
The two articles presented here examine the legal standards and
practices under which cities may enact local laws either to ban
or regulate dispensaries.
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…
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.
City attorneys are exploring ways to provide more cost-effective
legal assistance while maintaining the level of service expected
by the city.
The Legislature recently granted California cities expanded
authority to use the design-build project delivery method.
What are the viable options to protect the safety of
neighborhoods where foreclosed homes are abandoned and become
unsightly invitations to unlawful activity and sources of health