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New Legislation Allows Special Districts to Navigate Voting Rights Act Liability

by on May 6, 2017

posted in Elections,

Legislation that took effect in January allows special districts to switch from “at large” to “by district” elections for their governing boards.  Our memorandum describing this new legislation, and how it can help districts avoid Voting Rights Act liability, is linked here:  Memorandum  ... Continue Reading

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tags: At Large Elections, By District Elections, California Voting Rights Act,

Court Upholds Election Official’s Refusal to Qualify Initiative Based on “Full Text” Rule

by on March 18, 2017

posted in Elections, Recent Court Decisions,

In Napa County, a group of voters proposed an initiative that would enact a number of measures to protect the quality of watersheds and oak resources.  In Wilson v. County of Napa, an appellate court recently found their initiative proposal defective because it did not comply with an important procedural requirement known as the “full text” rule. Wilson is a good reminder to initiative proponents that the rules for qualifying initiatives can be unforgiving.  Proponents must take great care to make sure they satisfy all the procedural requirements before submitting their proposed measures.  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Elections, Full-Text Rule, Initiatives, Oak Woodlands,

What Will Marijuana Legalization Mean for Local Government?

by on October 5, 2016

posted in Elections, Initiatives, Medical Marijuana, Proposition 215,

On September 26, 2016, the Daily Journal published our article, “What pot legalization would mean for local governments.”  The article discusses the issues local government will address if Proposition 64 passes this November (which is expected).  This article can be accessed at the following link:  What Will Pot Legalization Mean  ... Continue Reading

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tags: Local Government Regulation, Marijuana Legalization, November 2016 Election, Proposition 64,

Summary of Important New Laws Affecting Local Agencies in 2016

by on January 28, 2016

posted in CEQA, Damages, Elections, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Ethics, Legislative Updates, Medical Marijuana, Proposition 215, Public Records Act, Water, Zoning,

The following laws are effective January 1, 2016, unless otherwise provided.  These legislative changes were selected as those of importance and/or interest to public agencies.  ... Continue Reading

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November 2014 Election: Marijuana Sees Big Losses in Rural California

by on January 19, 2015

posted in 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, one is tempted to conclude that marijuana is on an unstoppable winning streak at the polls.  A closer look reveals this may not be the case. In November, voters in three rural counties defeated measures intended to repeal or relax local marijuana cultivation standards.  All three measures were supported by patient advocates who claimed the ordinances ... Continue Reading

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tags: Election, Initiatives, Marijuana Legalization, Referendums, Rural California,

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