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Municipal Law Updates

February 15, 2024

Employer Requirements for Workplace Violence Plans Effective July 1, 2024

On September 30, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 553, effective July 1, 2024, which updates requirements for obtaining protective orders on behalf of an employee and creates a new requirement for employers to develop a workplace violence plan and violence log—and requires them to train employees on workplace violence.  SB 553…

January 3, 2024

Summary Judgment in Favor of Whittier Officers Affirmed in Illegal Search Warrant Claim

We received the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Salvador Salas case against the City of Whittier and Officers Brian Corletto, Brittany Corcoran, and Luis Salas affirming the decision of the District Court that granted summary judgment to all of the defendants and entered judgment in their favor. Salvador Salas brought…

December 8, 2023

Temporary Employees Covered Under Meyers-Milias-Brown Act

On October 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1484, which will include temporary employees in the bargaining groups created under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”). AB 1484, which will be codified as California Government Code §3507.7, goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Who Is Covered Under Government Code §3507.7? Newly adopted Government…

June 25, 2021

Local Government Relief Under the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”), which created a fund to assist state and local governments that have suffered financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act places certain restrictions on the uses to which eligible agencies can put their relief funds.  This article provides a…

June 10, 2021

Permissible Expenditures of American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Summary On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”). The Act provides relief funding for states and local governments to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act requires disbursement to local agencies by the US Department of the Treasury (the “US DOT”) to cities with populations…

February 19, 2021

Voter initiative ballot measures to impose special taxes do not need 2/3 voter approval

Summary In City and County of San Francisco v. All Persons Interested in Matter of Proposition C, 51 Cal. App. 5th 703 (2020), the California Court of Appeal held that San Francisco’s (“City”) Proposition C (“Prop C”) was validly passed by the electorate with a simple majority. Prop C was a voter-sponsored initiative that imposed…

February 18, 2021

Cities can be reimbursed by the State for certain costs associated with compliance with stormwater discharge permit requirements.

Summary In Department of Finance v. Commission on State Mandates (2021) 59 Cal.App.5th 546, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that city costs associated with installing and maintaining trash receptacles at transit stops in compliance with stormwater drain permits are reimbursable by the State of California, but costs associated with inspection…

December 3, 2020

Oakland’s suit against Wells Fargo for predatory lending practices based on race can seek lost property-tax revenue

Summary In City of Oakland v. Wells Fargo & Co., 972 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir. Cal. 2020), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that cities can seek injunctive relief and recovery of lost property-tax revenue from banks that violate the Fair Housing Act by using predatory lending practices against minorities. The Ninth Circuit held…