By John Pinkney
Government bidding has been transpiring for many years and yet hardly anyone seems to know exactly what it is. So what exactly is it and how does it affect life as we know it? That’s what we’ll be discussing. Continue reading
State codes that prohibit public officials and public staff from making public contracts during which they exhibit a monetary interest is notoriously obscure, broad, and often malleable. Many states create laws for non-appointed and appointed officials discouraging all staff and representatives from having a vested interest in any contract created by them in their official capability. However, state courts and politics have taken these terms loosely, creating hazardous straightforward violations to certain statutes sometimes while not even knowing it.
If a customer presents a query concerning the pursuit of a zone change, our municipal lawyers are experienced and can help our clientele in this service, in addition to a wide range of other civil legal issues. In San Diego, for any use of property, known as land use, zoning regulations have been given in detail in a governmental policy document known as the San Diego Municipal Code.
From questions regarding the conduct of public meetings to complicated issues involving litigation protection, SBEMP’s Palm Springs Municipal and Public Agency attorneys help with compliance and competitive bidding processes for contracts. Rely upon our years of expertise to supply public entities with high caliber, efficient and dependable representation of the unique legal requirements and interests.
From the Public Agency Law Department: Part One of a Four Part Series:
2018 Newly Introduced California Legislation Impacting Public Agencies
The following is an overview of newly introduced and pending legislation that will impact California cities, counties, special districts, and water districts, if passed and/or approved by the electorate. To read more about a particular bills or propositions, follow the links below and contact SBEMP for further information or assistance.
The following is a summary of newly introduced and pending Legislation that will impact California cities, counties, special districts, and water districts, if passed, and/or accepted by the electorate. To read more about bills or propositions, follow the links below and contact SBEMP for assistance or more details.
Recent California Marijuana Legislation
In a recent article, a historic piece of legislation has been passed in California with the legalization of marijuana. Medicinal and recreational smokers can legally purchase cannabis from their local dispensary, wherever marijuana is sold. Residents must be eighteen years of age or older and have a medical marijuana card. Local dispensaries must be licensed to sale marijuana in the state of California. Continue reading
The purpose of the California Public Records Act is to facilitate public access to a wide range of governmental records. It is important to note that the law itself encompasses a vast array of information in order to encourage transparency when it comes to how the people’s business is conducted by governmental bodies. Of course, the Act does come with a group of information types that may be exempted from disclosure, depending on the circumstances at hand. Continue reading
The Federal Government and all 50 states have given certain governmental agencies the authority over professionals who are required to be licensed in order to legally conduct their businesses. This is the area of law known as administrative law. Each of these agencies not only outline regulations that must be followed, but they also enforce the rules and adjudicate disputes. If you are professionally licensed in the state of California, realize that this state has some of the harshest regulations that are rigidly enforced. Continue reading
Women in California employed by the government have received new protection regarding wage discrimination through a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown, according to an article on the Sacramento Bee. Under Assembly Bill 46, wage discrimination claims can be pursued by female public employees through the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or in court. Under the California Equal Pay Act, only employees in the private sector could pursue these claims.
The unprecedented crisis of lack of housing affordability for California residents was recently tackled when Governor Jerry Brown signed a host of new housing legislation. The following laws have been designed to cut red tape, stimulate more affordable housing options, and reduce homelessness in California: Continue reading
What is the California Open Meeting Act?
The California Open Meeting Act is a law that allows members of the public and others to attend and get notified about meetings involving local and state officials (with some exceptions). Under this law, local and state agencies (or other government bodies such as “commissions, school districts”), must provide public notice of their meeting along with information about the items to be discussed.
The spending of agencies has become increasingly monitored due to the recent challenges that the economy faces. This holds true especially for public resources since they come directly from taxpayer’s money and the taxpayers often feel that this money belongs to someone else.
California’s medical marijuana laws have changed. As of January 2, 2018, the state will implement the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The act was released earlier this spring. The act is altered many regulations previously known under Proposition 64 with the Medical Marijuana Act. All three state licensing authorities, known as the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Food and Agriculture have decided to withdraw from their proposed regulations. Continue reading
Jerry Brown signed a $183 billion state budget amid uncertain times when the California Government required a balanced state budget. In an article from the Sacramento Bee, Brown stated that the government was making decisive actions in budgeting for funds. He also added that the budget would provide the required funds to pay down debts, repair roads, provide medical care, and fund income taxed credit. Continue reading
Reason for Legalization
The promise of new tax revenue amounting to millions of dollars was the major argument put forward by advocates of recreational marijuana. The California voters were convinced to vote for the legislation because local municipalities and the state would receive more than $1 billion in taxes. Continue reading
On January 1st 2017, the Political Reform Act came into existence as a piece of U.S. legislation and promises to make political campaigning and fund raising far more open and transparent for all to see. Campaign funding has always been a contentious issue for many U.S. citizens with the changes made to campaign funding options through the Political Reform Act including changes to the way campaign funds can be used by elected officials and those candidates convicted of specific crimes.
Coachella Valley government legal counsel must be consulted on a number of cases that involve the local authorities. There are many items that must be brought to a lawyer to ensure that they may find the best deal for their clients, and it is important that the lawyer is given an opportunity to work with the government instead of against it. This article explains how a simple consultation will change a case’s outcome.
The general plan is responsible for the direction of growth in a counties unincorporated areas. This is an update reducing housing capacity by fifteen percent. This is a reflection of a counties commitment to an efficient growth model and respects the existing community and natural resources. Continue reading
Entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to resolve local land law issues need a good municipal law firm. The purpose of a business is to make a profit. Legal issues can affect the profit potential if they are not properly addressed. This can lead to losses that could have been avoided. Many business owners are surprised when legal matters arise. An understanding of the law can significantly help in efficiently dealing with the issue. Continue reading
Government has a responsibility to abide by a most sacred and honorable code of ethics, sound doctrine and unified state of mind in all matters of justice, equity and legal, executive, and judicial matters. Government has enabled more transparency in their decision-making process. One law that enables a fair process and limits contributors from influencing officials is Section 84308, called “pay-to-play.”
First, in this section of the law, public officials may not be unfairly influenced. If they feel their rights are violated, they must challenge the issue with the contributor in question and may potentially bring the matter to a court proceeding. The law limits pay-to-play scenarios. As such, Section 84308 disfavors three specifically related actions. Continue reading
For those who have ever been in construction, there is a depth of knowledge required to operate and things are always changing. Over and over again, construction workers are exposed to dust particles and extensively hard labor. With contractors to handle, engineers, inspectors, owners, and others involved in projects, having effective contracts is essential. Continue reading
Municipal law is finding creative solutions to difficult legal problems facing communities. This includes water and waste authorities, townships, school districts, boroughs and municipal entities. Although it is preferable to keep these cases out of court sometimes litigation is necessary. Continue reading
California’s Government Tort Claims Act is designed to minimize the number of lawsuits filed against state, county or local government agencies or the people that work for those agencies. Basically, this legislation requires a claimant to follow a set process before filing for damages in court. It is very important to properly follow the regulations precisely or you will not be allowed to file a lawsuit. Continue reading
In California, a person who launches a legal claim against a public office, or government official, must satisfy many more requirements than if they make a claim against another citizen. The concept of sovereign immunity protects government officials from everyday legal proceedings and the obligation to be held financially liable in court cases. Continue reading