Client Alerts

The California state legislature and courts as well as local governments are continuously changing the legal landscape.  Staying abreast of new laws, regulations and other legal developments, and analyzing their impact on local governments is what makes our attorneys some of the best in the state. In addition, we write timely alerts to keep our clients informed of developing legal news and analysis.

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Some of our most recent alerts are presented below grouped by their practice area. Older alerts are available in the Archives, which can be accessed via the links in the left column.

California Drought – Legal Services & Resources

State Begins Process to Consider Extension of Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

November 9, 2015, Meyers Nave, Gregory J. Newmark

On Nov. 9, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued a public notice that it is soliciting comments and holding a workshop on the potential extension of emergency water conservation regulations imposed on Urban Water Suppliers in May 2015.  Written comments are due by December 2, 2015, and the workshop will be held December 7, 2015.

Environmental Law

TSCA Reform Close to Reality, But at the Expense of California's Green Chemistry Regulations?

January 11, 2016, Joshua A. Bloom, Gregory J. Newmark, Sarah N. Quiter

After its enactment nearly 40 years ago, the federal Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA") is nearing its first major overhaul.  TSCA has been viewed as generally ineffective in regulating chemicals as originally intended.

CA Supreme Court Issues Major Decision Regarding Mitigation for Impacts on Protected Species Under CEQA

December 11, 2015, Dawn McIntosh

In Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Game (11/30/2015), the California Supreme Court set aside California Department of Fish and Wildlife's ("DFW") approval of an environmental impact report ("EIR") for the proposed Newhall Ranch development, a planned community that would house 58,000 people on nearly 12,000 acres along the Santa Clara River.

CA Supreme Court Issues Major Ruling on “CEQA-In-Reverse”

December 22, 2015, Timothy D. Cremin, Adam J. Regele

A significant outstanding issue under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is whether the analysis of the impact of existing environmental conditions on a proposed project is required. Since the central purpose of CEQA is to analyze a project's adverse impact on the environment, this issue has been called "CEQA-In-Reverse". In California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Quality Management District, the California Supreme Court answered this question.

First Amendment

Ninth Circuit Decision Elaborates on Standard to Find Disruption of a Public Meeting

December 14, 2015, Deborah J. Fox, Dawn McIntosh

The Ninth Circuit has added a new decision to the growing body of case law regarding rules of decorum at official governmental meetings.  In Reza v. Pearce, the Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the district court's grant of summary judgment based on qualified immunity in favor of Arizona State Senator Pearce and two police officers who arrested Salvador Reza and barred his reentry into the Arizona State Senate Building.

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