Category Archives: Government Law Firm

Resolving Land Law Issues with Municipal Law

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

The 3 Limits of Pay-To-Play Section 84308 in Government

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

What is the Government Tort Claims Act?

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

How California Tort Law Protects Government Official

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

The Details Of Municipal Litigation

The Exemptions For Litigation

When involved in either a pending claim or litigation, documents that have been prepared specially and are connected to a litigation that has been filed can be stopped from going to the disclosure process. This is in accordance with Section 6254 (b). Any exemptions are only applied to documentation that has been created after the litigation has already been concealed. Any claim that has initiated the process of the court does not apply. Continue reading

Be Informed Through News Updates in California Laws

Laws concerning transparency in California will once again require input from citizens. Providing information to the greater public about ethical behavior, lobbying, campaign finance and more has been affected steadily through amendments to the Political Reform Act (PRA) over the last 42 years. This has made for some meandering legal language that has made it nearly impossible for the layman to make sense of. Continue reading

The Requirements For Competitive Bidding

The requirements for competitive bidding when undertaking projects of a public nature are already established. This includes any services needed, supplies, as well as the actual construction. There are some exceptions to these requirements such as emergency 911 situations. This applies to contracts, all public spending, any financial federal help, and any city property that requires disposal.

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Specific Details Under proposition 218

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

Terms and Areas of Focus in Municipal Law

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

Terms of Contracts Between Utilities and Local 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.

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California’s Elected Officials and Citizens Create Plan for State’s Water Model

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

The Spectrum Act – What Locals are Doing to Fight Back

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