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Bid Threshold Raised

According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, the bid threshold, pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20111(a), for K-12 districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $83,400, effective January 1, 2013.

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Court of Appeal Invalidates Tiered Rate For Parcel Tax Measure

In Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (December 6, 2012) __ Cal.App.4th __ (2012 WL 6084027), the court of appeal issued an important decision regarding school district parcel taxes.

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Public Entities And Religious Expression During The Holidays

The holiday season often presents challenges for public entities in upholding the First Amendment's protection of religious expression as well as its prohibition against government-sponsored religious endorsement and promotion. The following is a brief reminder of guidelines for public entities, including schools, cities and counties, to follow in this area of the law.

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Two New Decisions Address the Adequacy of Environmental Impact Reports

California courts at all levels have been faced with an increasing myriad of lawsuits and appeals relating to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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School Board Meetings: Before The Public, But Under The Direction Of The School Board

We often receive questions about the conduct of school board meetings, including public requests to participate in the meeting, add items to the agenda, and obtain board meeting documents.

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New Legislation Expands the Types of "Direct Costs" School Districts May Charge under the Civic Center Act

The Governor has signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1404, which amends the Civic Center Act and, until January 1, 2020, expands the types of direct costs that school districts may charge for use of school facilities or grounds.

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School Districts Will Be Required To Prequalify Bidders For Some State Funded Construction Projects Beginning In 2014

On September 30, the Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1565, adding Section 20111.6 to the Public Contract Code. The bill requires a school district with ADA over 2,500 to prequalify bidders for construction contracts awarded on or after January 1, 2014 if (1) the contract value is $1,000,000 or more, and (2) the project is funded, in whole or in part, with State bond funds.

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California Courts Explore Issues Relating to CEQA Exemptions

Continuing a recent trend, another California Court of Appeal has reviewed a public agency's reliance on a Notice of Exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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Election Season 2012: Legal Guidelines For Political Activity On Public Property

Election season 2012 is in full swing as campaigns gear up for November elections. Campaign activity often raises issues for cities, school districts and other public agencies related to the proper use of public facilities, equipment, and staff time.

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