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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

November 10, 2020

Reactive v Proactive Code Enforcement

Enforcement agencies throughout California are looking for better ways to encourage private property owners to comply with health and safety regulations. Traditional approaches to code enforcement tend to be reactive, relying on complaints from the public to spark action. This approach has been referred to by some courts as a “passive enforcement scheme” and has…

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…