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Despite Marijuana Industry Efforts, Local Control Survives

Eight months after California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized adult use of recreational marijuana in California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill that will facilitate the issuance of marijuana business licenses beginning in January 2018.

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Appellate Courts Reject Recreational Trail Immunity for Adjacent Hazards

Two decisions in the last three months have increased the potential for a public entity to be held liable for an injury suffered on one of its recreational trails.

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New School Funding Scheme Does Not Eliminate Immunity From Federal Damage Claims

Changes to California's school funding scheme did not eliminate local school district and county office of education immunity from federal claims for damages, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

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Editor's Note: The Aftermath of City of San Jose

In this issue of the TIP Jar, we explain City of San Jose’s big takeaways, and more.

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Private Emails Discussing Public Business are Public Records. Now What?

As public agency officials and employees have increasingly turned to text messages and email to facilitate communication anytime and anywhere, they lost touch with a basic truth: Electronic communications are writings.

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Hold On: Litigation Holds and Electronic Records

You may have experienced the following situation working for a local public agency. You open your mail and you see a document entitled "Litigation Hold."

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Paper Laws, Electronic Records: An Overview of Record Retention Laws for California School Employees

It is more important than ever that school district employees and elected officials familiarize themselves with their obligations in retaining school district records.

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Metadata: Insight from an Industry Expert

In our technology-driven world, a California Public Records Act request typically seeks some form of electronic communication or record created using a computer and software program.

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Curbing Troublesome Texts

It’s often a headache for school administrators: A teacher opts to forego the district’s email system and instead gives out his or her personal cell phone number.

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