by Derek P. Cole on March 2, 2015
The lawsuit had it all. There were claims of conflicts of interest and a corrupt bargain. Millions of dollars hinged on its outcome. The suit resulted in the recall of elected officials. And while claiming it was aimed toward restoring good government, Continue Reading
by Derek P. Cole on February 23, 2015
Administrative Regulations, Ethics,
The Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has recently adopted a new regulation governing when public officials have conflicts of interests in businesses they own or for which they are investors. The amended regulation, which became effect Continue Reading
by Derek P. Cole on February 1, 2015
Emergency Medical Services,
The Attorney General has recently issued an opinion covering questions that counties and cities have expressed concerning “Section 201” of the Emergency Medical Services (“EMS”) Act. The opinion addresses some ambiguities in the administration Continue Reading
by Derek P. Cole on January 26, 2015
Recent Court Decisions, Zoning,
A cellular carrier applies for entitlements to erect a cell tower that a city council finds objectionable. The council wishes to deny the application. How and when must the council communicate the reasons for the denial to the applicant?
In T-Mobile Continue Reading
by Derek P. Cole on January 19, 2015
Elections, Medical Marijuana,
Efforts to legalize marijuana continued to pick up steam in last November’s elections with voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., approving legalization measures. Most expect California voters to follow suit in 2016.
Considering this trend, Continue Reading