By John Pinkney
The Civil Rights Implementation Unit has a robust and vigorous commitment to enforce state and federal civil rights laws. This unit addresses a broad range of civil rights including: Continue reading
Local government finances are significantly changed by Proposition 218. This initiative, approved in November 1996 by state voters, applies to more than 7000 counties, cities, schools, special districts, re-development agencies, community college districts, and regional organizations in California. Continue reading
The city attorney announced that Government Code Section 1090 is for board and committee members. Section 1090 is one of the primary statues that involve a conflict of interest. This law stops public officials from issuing a public contract in the same capacity when the official also holds a financial stake in the contract. Continue reading
Municipal laws refer to a set of rules and regulations specifically designed to govern a city or county and the government departments within those cities and counties. A municipal law covers a wide variety of issues ranging from police, zoning, education system to taxes, and residential issues. Continue reading
With the latest challenges across the US with regards to protests about the police behavior, we review the authority and limitations of local government. Local government agencies in California have powers granted to them in the state constitution, but they are also limited by a number of factors. Continue reading
A municipality is a city or county, and the governing bodies within a city or county follow municipal law. Municipal law involves laws, taxes, land use, business licensing, and regulations within cities and counties. Municipalities are legally structured as corporations, which allows them to conduct business Continue reading
When our Palm Springs government law firm says they are equipped to handle municipal law, this means we offer impeccable services and usually deal with governmental bodies. Dealing with governmental bodies means that the law firm must be up-to-date with every law and is expected to be diligent. Continue reading
An indemnification duty arises when an adverse judgment is imposed that involves monetary payment. Such indemnity is paid by the indemnitor, whose liability doesn’t begin until the conclusion of litigation. This is the case even if a claim for indemnity is brought as part of the underlying litigation simultaneously, in hopes of getting all parties potentially responsible before the court at one time. In such situations the parties and courts avoid having two separate trials for subjects that are the same. Continue reading
Our Coachella Valley litigation attorneys assist with writ of attachments. Information concerning writ of attachment is located in Title 6.5, Chapters 1- 13, including Sections 481.010- 493.060 of the Code of Civil Procedure. No summons without right of attachment and bond according to law is received by the court. Continue reading
Palm Springs Municipal Governance attorneys work towards making progress in local government. The local government’s ability to raise property taxes was restrained nearly twenty years ago by proposition 13. It also stated that “special taxes” needed to be approved by two thirds of the voters. Proposition 218 will make several changes in local finance and government.
If a franchise utility wishes to have their facilities on public property, the company needs a contract to operate. The local government grants permission for franchise utilities to operate within their boundaries. However, the municipal government operates differently from the private sector in negotiation of contracts and can renegotiate terms.
Privatization of governmental services is becoming more popular at the national and state level, as government officials call for shrinking the size of government. A recent article on the moneycrashers.com website gives some history of privatization and shows that it has a downside. Continue reading
When it comes to raw land, any potential buyer will wonder whether it can be ‘buildable’ or not.
Real estate and land law attorneys in Palm Springs can help you clarify this issue. There is a chance that some form of development might be possible, for instance, a single-family residence with a guesthouse that is detached. Continue reading
A real estate entitlement is approval to develop on property for a use that is specific. It involves an extensive legal process to receive approval. A developer would need an entitlement to develop property into a business complex in certain locations. A homebuyer may need an entitlement to develop a mother-in-law unit. Continue reading
According to L.A. Times reporter Monte Morin, the California State Water Resources Control Board recently approved the Stormwater Capture Master Plan for Los Angeles County. Up to 10 billion gallons of water fall during a single storm in L.A. County and makes its way through storm channels to the Pacific Ocean. The water model plan involves reclamation and use of that rainwater before it reaches the ocean. Continue reading
Many individuals in the La Jolla community are worried that towering cellphone antennas are going to invade their neighborhoods. To fight back, community leaders are lobbying officials in San Diego to fight the new Spectrum Act, a federal law that can trump local land-use rules, such as height limits. According to city officials, these regulations are mandated federally and in effect already, so the city is trying to update the local cell tower ordinance, coming up with a new approach. Continue reading
According to recent Canyon News, the City of Santa Monica has been uniquely committed to “Transparency, Collaboration and Third Party Applications Through Open Data,” and has now received national recognition for it in the Technology Solutions area, from The Public Technology Institute – a non-profit organization with a focus on technology issues such as those the Coachella Valley government law firm also believes will impact our locality. Continue reading