Jordan R. Fong is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Monterey office where his practice is focused on the facilities and business aspects of public agency law.
Mr. Fong previously served as a law clerk in Sacramento where he drafted memos to clients analyzing and advising as to Federal Energy Regulation Commission and California Public Utilities Commission decisions. He also drafted staff memos analyzing and monitoring FERC and CPUC proceedings and orders, and wrote protocols for monitoring FERC, CPUC, and CEC decisions.
Mr. Fong earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he served as Treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Law School Association. He received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.
The California Legislature has amended the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in an effort to clarify a lead agency's ability to consider both the broad benefits of a project and the negative impacts of denying the project when evaluating environmental impacts.
Under existing law, CEQA requires state and local agencies to assess the environmental impacts of projects they undertake. Unless an exception applies, the lead agency on the project must prepare...
A California appellate court recently reaffirmed the limitations a governing board of a public entity can impose on public comments during a board meeting (Ribakoff v. City of Long Beach).
As was his frequent practice, Joe Ribakoff attended a Long Beach Public Transportation Company (LBTC) board meeting as an interested citizen. LBTC's lone shareholder is the City of Long Beach, and LBTC operates as a public entity. During the public comment perio...
New requirements for using federal funds become effective this coming fiscal year. The requirements apply to non-federal entities such as school districts, institutions of higher learning, and state and local governments.
In order to comply with the new rules, non-federal entities seeking federal funds may need to revise their board policies and administrative regulations, contract documents, and other internal procedures by the beginning of their 2018-2019 fiscal y...