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On July 10, 2023, California enacted the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, to conserve the Western Joshua Tree and allow for streamlined take authorization.
The Court of Appeal found in Campana v. EBMUD that a Prop 218 challenge to tiered water rates was barred by the 120-day statute of limitations period for reverse validation of municipal utility district water rates.
California Supreme Court Clarifies Rules for Governments' Failure to Warn of Dangerous Traffic Conditions Liability, Leaves Door Open for Defenses
California Supreme Court clarifies rules for governments' failure to warn of dangerous traffic conditions liability, leaves door open for defenses.
Supreme Court Depublishes Court of Appeal Opinion Regarding Required Placement of Discussion Concerning the Application of CEQA Exemptions in Agenda Items Providing for Project Approval
It's best practice for local agencies, when taking action on projects that include a recommendation to rely on CEQA exemptions, to include, on their agenda entry for the item, a mention of the intent to rely on the exemption or exemptions.
Local elected officials are not required to recuse themselves from participating in a decision for accepting a contribution over $250 from a party or participant to a proceeding in 2022.
SB 1439 amends the Levine Act to apply to all elected officials and restricts campaign donations from applicants for decisions coming before their agencies.
Pandemic-Era Extensions for Presenting Government Claims to Public Entity Defendants Expired on October 27, 2022
As of February 28, 2023, agencies would no longer be able to hold teleconference-only meetings as a result of COVID-19.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2449 (Rubio), marking the latest development of the Brown Act in a post-pandemic world.