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Publish Date

LAFCO's Power to Reorganize Special DistrictsSeptember 2013
LAFCO Regulation of Healthcare DistrictsOctober 2012
Disincorporation & Consolidation of CitiesJune 2012
LAFCO’s Role In Regional PlanningApril 2012
New Legislation Requires LAFCos to Plan for Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities, Creating Unfunded Mandate (SB 244)December 2011
Attorney General Letter re Island AnnexationsFebruary 2011
Court Upholds Open Space District AnnexationFebruary 2008
A.B. 745: Disclosure of Contributions and Expenditures to Influence LAFCO ProposalsAugust 2007
Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century – A Look Back(Power Point Slides) September 2006

Finance and Rate-Making

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Testimony Regarding Air BnB Policy IssuesMarch 2015
Local Government Fees: Prop. 26 & Other TopicsApril 2014
Update on Law of Public RevenuesApril 2014
Update on Law of Public RevenuesFebruary 2014
History of Props. 13, 218, and 26April 2013
Rate-Making Under Props. 218 & 26October 2012
Proposition 218 & AssessmentsJune 2012
Historical Overview of Props. 13, 218 and 26March 2012
Proposition 26: New Limitations on Government FeesOctober 2011
Overview of Prop. 26 (Slides)October 2011
Court of Appeal Questions Service AssessmentsAugust 2011
Current Developments Under Proposition 218 Silicon Valley, Assessments, Utility Fees, and More September 2010
Prop. 26: New Supermajority Requirements for Regulatory FeesJuly 2010
Court Upholds Minimum Monthly Water ChargesAugust 2009
Model Claiming OrdinanceMay 2009
Supreme Court Strikes Down Open Space Assessment Under Prop. 218 July 2008
Proposition 218 and Fiscal Initiatives (Power Point Slides)September 2007
Current Developments Under Propositions 13, 62 & 218May 2007
LA Cellular Phone Tax Decision and Meaning of "Increase" Under Proposition 218May 2007
Groundwater Pump Fees and Regulatory Fees Under Proposition 218May 2007
Update on the Law of Public Revenues (Power Point Slides)September 2006
Key Topics Under Propositions 13, 62 & 218March 2006
Are Utility Fees Subject to Prop. 218? Courtesy of Western CityMay 2005
Update on Props. 13, 62, 218 (Power Point slides)April 2005
Court Rules Prop. 218 Applies to Utility RatesMarch 2005
The Law of Municipal Revenues: Annual Update on Propositions 13, 62 and 218April 2004
Supreme Court Rules in Richmond v. Shasta CSDFebruary 2004
Third-Party Tax Collection: Amicus Letter to Attorney GeneralAugust 2003
Local Fiscal Authority and Stability:Control and Risk in California City Revenues Courtesy of Western CityAugust 2003
Current Developments under Props 62 & 218 (Power Point slides)July 2003
Revenue Options for California Cities (Power Point slides)July 2003
The Origin & Devolution of Local Revenue Authority Courtesy of Western CityJune 2003
Local Government Concerns Regarding AB 1221 Courtesy of The Planning ReportMay 2003
Superior Court Upholds MRCA Open Space AssessmentMarch 2003
Orange County Case Threatens Property Tax RevenueJanuary 2003
The Law of Municipal Revenues: Authorities on Propositions 62 and 218August 2002
Appellate Court Invalidates Salinas’ Storm Water FeeJune 2002

Land Use and CEQA

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CEQA Reform ProposalsApril 2013
Amended CEQA Guidelines Clear The Air: Analysis And Mitigation Of Greenhouse Gas EmissionsSeptember 2010
Land Use 101: The Basics of Land Use for the General PractitionerJanuary 2006


Drafting Titles, Summaries and Impartial Analyses for Ballot MeasuresFebruary 2008
Polling Support for Ballot Measures: Amicus Letter to Attorney GeneralOctober 2004

General Municipal

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Meeting Management for Local OfficialsApril 2013
Public Records Act SummaryDecember 2005
Legislature Mandates Ethics Training for Local Government Officials (A.B. 1234)October 2005
Ethics Issues for Special District Leaders (Power Point slides)September 2005
Ethics Issues for Public Lawyers (Power Point slides)March 2005
Interview with Metro Investment Report: Public Sector EthicsCourtesy of Metro Investment ReportDecember 2003
Haas: New Rules for Local Hearing OfficersJune 2002
Enforcing the Brown Act: Legal Tools for Government in the SunshineJune 2015

Labor and Employment

Motions to See Files on Police Must Meet Specific Criteria Courtesy of Los Angeles Daily Journal November 2005
Employers Need to Refine Investigation Process for Bias, Harassment Courtesy of Daily JournalJanuary 2005
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: The Privacy RuleAugust 2003

Intellectual Property

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Trademark Issues for Municipal Seals, Logos and FlagsAugust 2007