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News September 20, 2021

From Cynic to Public Servant: Meet Keith F. Collins

Jones Mayer partner Keith F. Collins grew up the son of a lawyer. His father’s firm in Lancaster, California, handled wills and personal injury cases, helping victims of on-the-job injuries get the financial security they needed. As kids, Mr. Collins and his siblings would help their father take good care of his clients by leaving…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement September 20, 2021

Vol. 36. No. 17 GOVERNMENT ENTITLED TO QUALIFIED IMMUNITY IN PLAINTIFF’S ACTION ALLEGING THAT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER VIOLATED HIS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS BY DISCIPLINING HIM FOR PROTECTED SPEECH

In Ohlson v. Brady, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that public agency defendants were entitled to qualified immunity in an employee’s action alleging the defendants violated the employee’s First Amendment rights by disciplining him for protected speech.  In reaching its conclusion, the Court found no clearly established law on the issue of whether…

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News September 20, 2021

Jones Mayer’s Amanda Pope Featured on the Code Concepts Podcast

Jones Mayer Senior Counsel and Director of City Receiverships Amanda Pope recently was the featured guest on the Code Concepts podcast. The discussion provides a useful overview of receiverships—what they are, when they’re useful, and how they work.  Ms. Pope describes the typical process a receivership follows, from gathering evidence to documenting and building the…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement September 17, 2021

Vol. 36. No. 16 AFTER PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 64, POSSESSION OF CANNABIS IN PRISON REMAINS A VIOLATION OF PENAL CODE SECTION 4573.6

In People v. Raybon, the California Supreme Court concluded that possession of cannabis in prison remains a violation of Penal Code section 4573.6, even after Proposition 64 generally legalized adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of cannabis, subject to certain exceptions. Background Penal Code section 4573.6 makes it a felony to possess a controlled…

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News September 14, 2021

Jones Mayer Welcomes New Partners

Jones Mayer is pleased to announce the elevation of six attorneys to the Firm’s partnership, effective August 1. Each of the professionals listed below has demonstrated a commitment to serving the public with hard work, diligence, and integrity. Their leadership and dedication to our clients will be welcome additions to the partnership. Baron Bettenhausen Mr….

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News August 24, 2021

Lessons for Cities from the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is no longer a new idea, but the constant development of novel business models centered on the sharing concept creates interesting challenges for local regulatory agencies. Each type of sharing economy business, from rideshares and micromobility to short-term rentals, brings its own complex challenges for local regulators. Addressing them requires careful deliberation….

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement August 6, 2021

VOL. 36 NO. 15 STATUTORY CHANGE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

On July 23, 2021, AB1475 was signed and chaptered into law, and will take effect on January 1, 2022.  The bill creates limitations on the ability of law enforcement agencies to disseminate booking photos on social media.  The legislation also has retroactive reach to content already in existence or that might be created in the…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement July 29, 2021

Vol. 36 No. 14 Update: Executive Decisions and the COVID-19 Vaccines

The persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transmissibility associated with the Delta variant, and differing beliefs about personal autonomy and the role of government in mandating methods of illness prevention have again brought the issue of mandatory vaccines to the center of public policy.  The purpose of this Alert is to provide law enforcement executives…

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