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|Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Law Bill Applicable to Public & Private Employers|
Laura J. Fowler, Kimberly E. Hood; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” (AB 1522 - Gonzalez). As of July 1, 2015, the new law requires both public and private employers, including private employers of any size and all political subdivisions of the state and...
|Stormwater Management Services That Provide a Water Supply Source May Be Funded With Water Service|
Kelly J. Salt; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014Assembly Bill 2403 amends the definition of “water” contained in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act to “include improvements for producing, storing, supplying, treating, or distributing water from any source.” This legislation is intended to clarify that fees...
|Appellate Court Rules that Recent Decisions Requiring Search Warrant for Forced Blood Draw or to Search Cell Phones Do Not Apply "Retroactively"|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014Overview: The California Court of Appeal recently held, in two separate rulings, that the recent holdings requiring law enforcement officers to obtain a search warrant prior to forcing a blood draw and searching the contents of a cell phone do not apply retroactively to searches conducted prior to...
|CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises|
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises under the Digital Infrastructure...
|Plaintiff Who Pursued Frivolous Suit against a City Ordered to Pay Attorneys' Fees and Costs|
Kira L. Klatchko; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014A published appellate opinion last week followed successful arguments by Best Best & Krieger attorneys that an approximate $105,000 award of attorneys’ fees and costs under Code of Civil Procedure section 1038 applies to a plaintiff who continued to maintain his action for well over a...
|Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act|
Sarah Christopher Foley, Paeter E. Garcia, Eric L. Garner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 29, 2014On Friday night, the California Legislature adopted a lawmaking package, including Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739, and the bills are now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. Once signed, the bills would establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and...
|CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services|
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state: Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Local governments and schools may want to...
|Prosecutors are Entitled to Direct Access to Peace Officer Personnel Records|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Overview: A California appellate court held this week that prosecutors are entitled to direct access - without a Pitchess motion - to a peace officer’s personnel records to determine if there is any material subject to disclosure to the defense in a criminal case as required by the United...
|Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts|
Sarah E. Owsowitz, Charity B. Schiller, Stephanie Straka; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the Guidelines to set forth alternative methods of measuring transportation impacts under CEQA. These methods are to replace the...
|California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative|
Kelsey R. Blegen, Sarah E. Owsowitz, Charity B. Schiller; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014Local governments may adopt voter-sponsored initiatives without conducing environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Supreme Court has ruled. In a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, the court held in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v....