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Senate Bill 751 Amends the Brown Act

December 2013 Number 83 Recently enacted Senate Bill (SB) 751 has amended the Brown Act to require

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Legislation Combats Corruption In Government By Requiring Forfeiture Of Retirement Benefits By Officials Convicted Of A Felony In The Course Of Official Duty

October 2013 Number 76 Prompted by corruption scandals in the cities of Vernon and Bell, Governor Brown signed into law

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Public Officials May Now Seek Advice From The Fair Political Practices Commission For Government Code Section 1090 Prohibited Contract Issues

October 2013 Number 75 When it comes to conflict of interest issues, there are numerous laws to which a public official must adhere.

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Court of Appeal Holds that Diverted Revenue Should be Included in the Calculation of District's Property Tax Allocation Base

August 2013 Number 48 In the most recent published case arising out of the aftermath of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies statewide, a court of appeal has ruled in Los Angeles Unified School District v. County of Los Angeles

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The U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down the Voting Rights Act's Preclearance Formula

July 2013 Number 35 In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, (June 25, 2013 ___ U.S. ___ [2013 WL 3184629]),

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Public Employees are Generally Immune from Suit Except When Their Decisions are Fraudulent, Corrupt or Made Without Legitimate Reason

June 2013 Number 33 In Freeny v. City of San Buenaventura (June 4, 2013 ___ Cal.App.4th ___ [2013 WL 2421601]), the California Court of Appeal recently held that the California Government Tort Claims Act (Gov. Code, § 800 et seq.) prohibits plaintiffs from suing public employees for day-to-day decisions made on the job.

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Agendas for Legislative Body Meetings Must Include Each Individual Item of Business in Clear and Unambiguous Terms

June 2013 Number 29 In the recent case of San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center v. County of Merced (May 31, 2013 __Cal.App.4th__ [2013 WL 2378584]), the Court of Appeal held that the Merced County Planning Commission

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A Trial Court Holds that Public Officials Must Disclose Communications Concerning Agency Business From Their Private Electronic Accounts in Response to a Public Records Act Request (UPDATED)

April 2013 Number 17 Last month, in Smith v. City of San Jose (March 19, 2013, No. 1-09-CV-150427), a Santa Clara County

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