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Episode 8: The Rising Costs of the Public Records Act

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This podcast addresses the tension between protecting personal information and the obligation to disclose public records. Striking the wrong balance may burden either the local agency, or the individual employee, with significant costs. Hear how best to contend with the money pitfalls of the CPRA.

Episode 7: School Safety and New Guidance on Addressing School Violence

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Preventing school violence and ensuring school safety have become dominant topics and part of an ongoing national conversation. But what can a school district do, practically, to address these issues? This podcast will examine two recently released resource documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Secret Service which provide guidance on preventing school violence as well as pending California legislation to improve school climate and safety.

Episode 6: Navigating the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California

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Lozano Smith attorneys discuss some of the important aspects of California’s future and complex history with groundwater. Topics include the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA), pre-1914 water rights, and CEQA issues and evaluations. Additionally, they dive into various considerations as local governments adopt general plans and make decisions affecting groundwater and land use.

Episode 5: PART 2 – Janus Ruling and SB 866

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Go behind the scenes with several of Lozano Smith's most experienced labor attorneys during this Janus Ruling and SB 866 Podcast, recorded shortly after the Supreme Court released the Janus Decision. Join Lozano Smith attorneys Lou Lozano, Dulcinea Grantham, Darren Kameya, and Gabby Flowers as they break down the key things you need to know about the Janus Decision, and fill you in on various major legislative developments that are intended to lessen the impact of Janus.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at: www.lozanosmith.com/janustoolkit

Episode 4: PART 1 - Janus Ruling and SB 866

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Go behind the scenes with several of Lozano Smith's most experienced labor attorneys during this Janus Ruling and SB 866 Podcast, recorded shortly after the Supreme Court released the Janus Decision. Join Lozano Smith attorneys Lou Lozano, Dulcinea Grantham, Darren Kameya, and Gabby Flowers as they break down the key things you need to know about the Janus Decision, and fill you in on various major legislative developments that are intended to lessen the impact of Janus.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at: www.lozanosmith.com/janustoolkit

Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials

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Last year, the United States Supreme Court identified social media as "perhaps the most powerful mechanism available" today to make a person’s voice heard. But can a government official block their constituents’ voices online? At what point does a personal social media page become open to the public? Join us as we discuss the ramifications of a recent federal district court case out of New York about President Trump’s personal Twitter account and the potential legal precedent being shaped now.

Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters

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Inclusivity is a mandate for all public entities – to create a positive, welcoming environment for all types of people and treat them fairly and equally. The government must also be neutral with respect to politics and religion. However, the rise of social justice movements in recent years have led public entities to carefully re-consider their policies, practices, and programs. Thus, public entities walk the narrow path of affirming the rights of all without expressing support for a particular political viewpoint or ignoring systemic and procedural biases. This podcast will discuss how local governments and school districts can act to work on providing an inclusive workplace and/or campus without limiting individual opinions and viewpoints.

Episode 1: California Adds "Nonbinary" Gender Option to Identification Documents

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In 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 179, known as the “Gender Recognition Act,” which adds a “nonbinary” gender option to state driver’s licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates. Public entities will need to address the nonbinary gender option now available to employees and students on official documents. This podcast will discuss SB 179, its implications on all public entities, and practical actions needed to prepare for the law’s implementation.