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News January 7, 2021

Partner James Touchstone Provides Testimony to the California State Assembly

On Friday, December 18, Jones & Mayer partner James Touchstone offered his insights at a hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on Police Reform. Drawing on his experience as General Counsel of the California Police Chiefs Association, the California State Sheriffs’ Association, and the California Police Officers’ Association, James used his time to share…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement January 7, 2021

Vol. 36 No. 1 EXECUTIVE DECISIONS AND THE COVID-19 VACCINES

The availability of effective vaccines offers a major advancement in our emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a component of this progress, the determination of how to optimize the benefits of the vaccine among public sector employees also raises important leadership questions regarding its use.  Our great preference would be for members of our organizations…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement December 23, 2020

Vol. 35 No. 33 REASONABLE FACTFINDER COULD CONCLUDE THAT POLICE OFFICER VIOLATED PLAINTIFF’S DUE PROCESS RIGHTS BY OBTAINING COURT ORDER TO DESTROY PLAINTIFF’S FIREARMS WITHOUT GIVING HIM NOTICE

In Wright v. Beck,[1] the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a plaintiff, who continued to assert a claim of right to previously seized firearms and reasonably believed that the police department was still reviewing the matter, was entitled to notice under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause that police intended to seek a…

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News December 22, 2020

Partner Richard Adams to Retire, Ivy Tsai Elevated to Partnership

With mixed emotions we announce the upcoming retirement of our partner Richard L. Adams II, effective December 31, 2020. Richard has practiced law since 1977, and has been in public agency law since 1989. He joined Jones & Mayer in November 2007 and was made partner in 2016. During that time he has served as…

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News December 21, 2020

Local Policies Restricting Advertising Must Walk a Fine Line

Regulating outdoor advertising has been a controversial topic for cities ever since billboards gained popularity in the 1870s. Balancing a property owner’s use rights, the free speech rights of individuals and organizations, and the public’s interest in maintaining their hometown’s appearance has created a patchwork of legal frameworks throughout the country. A recent case before…

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News December 21, 2020

Partner James Touchstone Publishes Article in California Police Chief Magazine

Jones & Mayer partner James Touchstone is proud to have his most recent article published in the Winter 2020 issue of California Police Chief Magazine, published by the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA). The article, titled “Leadership in a time of Legal Uncertainty,” can be found on page 8 of the latest issue, accessible by…

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News December 4, 2020

Effective Affordable Housing Strategies for California Municipalities

California’s affordable housing crisis is among the most pressing governance challenges for state and local governments. Our state is not alone: major cities around the country are grappling with how to create policies that will ensure access to quality housing for all residents, not just those in the upper income brackets. Tackling the affordable housing…

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News November 25, 2020

How California Cities Can Craft Better Office Space Deals

As cities grow, so do their governments. Since the population boom following the Second World War, cities in the American west have grappled with challenges associated with providing adequate space for their employees to work. Optimizing public resources over the long timeframes involved in real estate requires careful planning and sophisticated deal structures. The logic…

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