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October 28, 2020

Health and Safety Receiverships Can Be Powerful Enforcement Tools

Persistent health and safety code violations can be exceptionally difficult to resolve using many of the enforcement tools in an agency’s tool kit. While enforcement actions wind their way through processes that can be long and slow, unsafe conditions remain. California’s public health laws allow local agencies to ask the courts to place noncompliant properties…

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October 21, 2020

Halloween 2020: Celebrating in an era of caution, concern and risk

It is an evening filled with memories of younger days, of hobgoblins and masked heroes, princes and princesses walking down suburban sidewalks, often with costumed parents in tow, collecting candy and treats in bulging bags and plastic pumpkins, celebrating with excitement, anticipation and sugar-fueled glee. Parents have long labored to create costumes for their children…

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October 14, 2020

For Better or Worse, the California Rule Still Limits Changes to Public Pensions

The California Supreme Court recently upheld the state’s ban on the practice of “pension spiking” by public employees while leaving in place the so-called “California Rule,” which limits reform options for the state’s public pension systems. The case, Alameda County Deputy Sherriff’s Association vs. Alameda County Employees Retirement Association, No. S247095 (Cal. July 30, 2020),…

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September 7, 2016

CSSA Magazine Article – POBRA, IA INTERROGATIONS AND THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL

POBRA, IA INTERROGATIONS AND THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL By: Martin J. Mayer, General Counsel – California State Sheriffs’ Association On January 8, 2014, the California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, held, in Quezada et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., that although, pursuant to the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act…

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August 1, 2015

2015 Fall Edition of the CSSA Magazine, “The California Sheriff,” ICE DETAINERS- THE “SAGA” CONTINUES

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July 22, 2015

CSSA Magazine- Jail Security Restrictions – Who Decides if They are Reasonable, Judges or Sheriffs?

By: Martin J. Mayer, General Counsel California State Sheriffs’ Association In 1987, the United States Supreme Court established criteria to be considered when deciding if restrictions on inmates by correctional facilities were constitutionally justified. Restrictions could include, but are not limited to, banning contact visits with attorneys and family; requiring shackling of inmates when they…

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April 1, 2015

CSSA Magazine- Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)

Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) By: Martin J. Mayer, General Counsel California State Sheriffs’ Association The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc, et seq., prohibits, among other things, the imposition of burdens on the ability of prisoners to worship as they please. It also defines the…

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April 1, 2015

2015 Spring edition of the CPCA magazine, “The Police Chief,” IS AN OFF DUTY ATHLETIC INJURY AN INDUSTRIAL INJURY?

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