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Bond Election Countdown: Many Things Have Changed, but Election Deadlines Remain the Same

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Governor has issued a series of executive orders, each addressing impacts of the pandemic.

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Individual Councilmember’s Conduct Found to Deny Fair Hearing

It is sometimes difficult for elected officials to remain unbiased when considering controversial matters, while properly representing their constituents at the same time.

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Contracting COVID-19 While Working Could Make Employees Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20, the latest in a series of Executive Orders expanding protections for workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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When the Code Enforcement Process Goes Wrong! California Court of Appeals Scolds City for Overzealous Enforcement of the City’s Municipal Code

A recent decision out of the 5th District Court of Appeals chronicles the City of Visalia's code enforcement actions against property owner Delbert Beames over a zoning dispute that ultimately resulted in legal action against the City.

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Industrial Disability Retirement May Still Be Considered a Constructive Discharge

On January 28, 2020, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District revived a former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer’s claims that he was forced to quit because he is openly gay.

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Federal Reserve Launches Municipal Liquidity Facility for Short Term Lending to Eligible States, Cities & Counties

The coronavirus global pandemic and the related shutdowns are causing far-reaching impacts on just about everyone and everything. As the economic toll continues to mount, state and local governments are seeing their tax revenue materially decline, due to decreases in both taxable sales transactions and taxable income.

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Public Agencies Must Disclose All Public Documents Regardless of the Record’s Origin

In Becerra v. Superior Court of San Francisco, California's First District Court of Appeal broadened the definition of documents that public agencies must provide pursuant to a request made under the Public Records Act (PRA), to include records in the possession of the agency regardless of the record's origin.

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New Brown Act Case Clarifies Brown Act’s Pending Litigation Exception When Litigation is Orally Threatened

On February 10, 2020, the California Court of Appeal decidedFowler v. City of Lafayette (2020) __ Cal.App.5th __, concluding a five-year dispute among neighbors involving the construction of a tennis court cabana on private residential property.

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CARES Act – Federal Funding for COVID-19 Prevention

In the midst of the emergency surrounding the novel coronavirus and its associated respiratory disease (COVID-19), the federal government passed a two trillion dollar spending bill.

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