October 2013 Number 67 In response to recent negative media attention and heightened political scrutiny of some local agency bonds, Governor Jerry Brown signed important public finance legislation on October 2, 2013.
September 2013 Number 53 On August 12, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 581, effective January 1, 2014, relating to school bonds and accountability.
August 2013 Number 45 An important public finance bill that would potentially restrict the ability of school districts and community colleges to issue bonds is steadily making
June 2013 Number 34 Last week, the California Supreme Court declined the request of Alameda Unified School District and its supporters to appeal the recent court of appeal decision invalidating the district's tiered rate parcel tax measure.
March 2013 Number 13 In Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (March 6, 2013) __ Cal.App.4th __ (2013 WL 820593), the court of appeal granted a rehearing after its December 2012 decision relating to the important issue of whether school district parcel taxes could be structured with tiered rates.
January 2013 Number 6 An old axiom among attorneys is that bad facts make bad law. In politics a small sample of extreme circumstances may lead to sympathetic legislators making a law that seems to redress one inequity, but in turn has negative and usually unintended consequences for society.