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2021 Legislative Update: Housing Advocates Score Key Wins
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Housing Highlights Throughout California, most single-family zoned parcels may now be split into two lots, with up to four primary residences. Density bonus applications may no longer be rejected if a proposed waiver of development standards will cause specific adverse impacts on the physical environment. Developers’ ability to lock in development standards under SB 330 and the Housing Accountability Act has been extended from 2025 to 2030...

New Law Requires Certification of Medical Directors in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Imposes New Reporting Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Key Points Skilled nursing facilities must ensure their medical directors are certified within five years of the date of hire or by January 1, 2027, for medical directors already working in a SNF SNFs must report medical director certification status to CDPH by June 30, 2022 SNFs must report medical director changes to CDPH within 10 days of the change Effective January 1, 2022, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) will be prohibited from contracting with a medical director unless

Brown Act in a Time of Pandemic: the Governor Vetoes AB 339
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Key Points Governor Newsom vetoed AB 339. AB 361 will continue to operate as currently construed. On October 7, 2021, Governor Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 339 (Lee), a bill aimed at addressing Brown Act teleconferencing requirements for large public entities. AB 339 sought to add special rules for meetings of city councils or county board of supervisors that govern jurisdictions containing at least 250,000 people...

California Signs Police Reform Legislation Into Law
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

On September 30, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom approved and signed SB 2 and SB 16.1 SB 2 created a decertification procedure for peace officers and removal/denial of qualified immunity for claims or actions brought under Tom Bane Civil Rights Act (Civil Code section 52.1). SB 16 impacts retention of peace officer employment records and access to employment records...

AB 701 Continues the Recent Trend in California to Regulate Warehouse Distribution Centers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

In 2021, warehouse distribution centers were at the forefront of California law, regulations, and environmental initiatives. These efforts seek to regulate labor practices of warehouse operators and the environmental impacts caused by the expansion and concentration of distribution centers over the last decade. This article summarizes AB 701 and other initiatives in California targeting warehouse distribution operations...

New Law Protects Water/Wastewater Sector by Limiting Rate Challenges
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Water and wastewater agencies gained an important new protection from lawsuits challenging their rates on Wednesday, when Governor Newsom signed SB 323 (Caballero). For water or sewer service fees or charges adopted after January 1, 2022, this new law requires any lawsuits challenging those fees or charges to be commenced within 120 days of the effective date...

New Legislation Addresses Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points Assembly Bill (AB) 361 allows an agency to use teleconferencing for public meetings without requiring the teleconference location to be accessible to the public or a quorum of the members of the legislative body of the agency to participate from locations within the boundaries of the agency's jurisdiction during proclaimed state of emergencies...

Housing Law Shows its Teeth: Another Win for Objective Standards
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points California's First District Court of Appeal continued a recent pro-housing trend, reversing a City of San Mateo rejection of a multifamily housing development application. The court determined the denial was based on a subjective design guideline, therefore violating the Housing Accountability Act. Ambiguous guidelines may still be utilized in limited circumstances if there is a long-standing and consistent local government interpretation...

California Privacy Rights Act – What's Next?
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

In the November 2020 election, California voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”) amending the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). Businesses are expected to comply with the CPRA by January 1, 2022. Together, the CCPA and CPRA set out standards that California businesses must follow in gathering and maintaining personal information about consumers...

California Legislature Takes Aim at Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points The State Assembly and Senate have both passed AB 361 and AB 339, two bills aimed at addressing Brown Act teleconferencing requirements in the COVID-19 landscape. The Governor is expected to sign or veto the bills before October 1...

An In-Depth Look at the Oakland A's Proposed New Stadium Project
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points Opponents of the proposed Oakland A's stadium at Howard Terminal argued that the Governor missed a deadline to certify the project for an expedited environmental review pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 734, a special purpose bill.   AB 734 contained no explicit deadline for certification, but it incorporated guidelines from AB 900, as amended, which did include a certification deadline...

Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

  Article PDF Practical Insights Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement What is a “black box” product development agreement? How do you protect your product idea? What intellectual property can a Manufacturer expect to own? Can a Manufacturer limit a Processor’s right to work for others? What about co-manufacturing agreements? What is a “black box” product development agreement? A food

A Recent Ruling Involving Unlined Landfills Highlights the Pitfalls of Relying on Categorical Exemptions under CEQA
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points As litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) continues to drive lengthier and costlier environmental reviews, the use of "categorical exemptions" can provide a quick and efficient path towards CEQA compliance – but only if the exemption is legally sound and defensible. California's Fifth District Court of Appeal recently published Los Angeles Department of Water and Power v. County of Inyo (Cal. Ct. App., Aug. 17, 2021, No...

Ninth Circuit Upholds 'Significant Nexus' Test for Federal Permitting of Wetlands Projects
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key Points Ninth Circuit reaffirms the “significant nexus” test for determining whether filling certain wetlands in 2007 violates the Clean Water Act The narrower test for determining the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction under the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule did not apply since it postdated the 2007 filling of the wetlands...

The Freeze Partnership: An Estate Tax Technique For Real Estate and Other Appreciated or Leveraged Assets
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

  The freeze partnership is an often overlooked estate tax planning tool. Unlike more common estate tax planning vehicles, the freeze partnership is not a trust and, as the name implies, is a closely-held partnership, limited partnership or LLC (in this article, the term partnership will be used to refer to partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs)...

Stop Syar Expansion Decision Demonstrates the Uphill Battle for CEQA Plaintiffs
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key Points The court found that plaintiff’s reliance on an issue raised by third-party commenter to establish exhaustion was a risky endeavor; insofar as a third party settles institutes its own challenge on an issue and settles a claim, the plaintiff in a later action, at least in some circumstances, cannot maintain its own challenge on that same issue...

From Coders to Brokers: New Proposed 1099-B Reporting for Crypto Miners and Software Developers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key PointsThe Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) passed the Senate with a broad definition of "broker" to target cryptocurrency information reporting to the IRS.Absent amendment, the bill imposes obligations similar to IRS Form 1099-B on various technology providers in the crypto industry, even if they do not broker digital asset transactions and lack the necessary information to comply...

Busker v. Wabtec – California Supreme Court Rules That On-Board Work Is Not Public Works
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court issued an important ruling in a case that had the potential to profoundly affect how public entities budget and pay for publicly funded projects in California, Busker v. Wabtec Corp. (Cal., Aug. 16, 2021,No. S251135) __ Cal.5th __, 2021 WL 3612126...

AB 819 Modernizes CEQA Guidelines to Promote Access to Project Information Online
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

The cornerstone of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is access to information. CEQA generally requires local and state government agencies ("lead agencies") overseeing proposed projects to prepare project-related documents assessing potential environmental impacts. These documents inform decision-makers and the public of the project's potential environmental impacts...

New Monetary Penalties for Some Skilled Nursing Transfers, Discharges, and Readmissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 133, which creates a $750 per day civil money penalty for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) that do not comply with a transfer, discharge, or readmission hearing decision within three calendar days. AB 133 also requires an SNF to submit a certification of compliance to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), attesting it has complied with the hearing officer's order...

California Court of Appeal Issues Rare Interpretation of Policy Designed to Mitigate the Effects of Coastal Erosion
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points In Martin v. California Coastal Commission, the Court of Appeal issued a rare opinion discussing local policies that are designed to manage and mitigate coastal bluff erosion. The court upheld a permit condition that required a new home to be set back 79 feet from the edge of a coastal bluff. The court reaffirmed that the policy at issue requires new development to be reasonably safe from failure and erosion over the entirety of the development’s lifetime...

Recent Court of Appeal Decision Confirms that CEQA Statutes of Limitations Cannot be Extended Without a Project Proponent’s Consent
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points In Save Lafayette Trees v. East Bay Regional Park District, two of the parties to the lawsuit entered into an agreement in an attempt to extend the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA;” Pub. Resources Code, § 21000 et seq.) deadline to file a lawsuit...

A Draft Technical Advisory Offers Guidance on Streamlining CEQA Review for Sustainable Transportation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a draft technical advisory earlier this month that outlines new and existing provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that can streamline the environmental review of sustainable transportation projects. The new streamlining options arose from S.B...

CA Supreme Court Ruling on Meal and Rest Premium Pay Will Force Employers to Take Action
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Point Employers must immediately change the manner in which they calculate and pay employee meal period and rest break premiums if they pay those premiums using an employee’s regular hourly rate in any workweek that an employee receives additional non-discretionary earnings. Introduction On July 15, 2021, in Ferra v...

California Legislation Extends Protections for Tenants Experiencing COVID-19-Related Financial Distress; Broadens Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points Eviction protections that were set to expire June 30, 2021, have been extended to September 30, 2021. New notice requirements took effect on July 1, 2021; additional notice requirements take effect on October 1, 2021. Governmental rental assistance is now available to pay 100 percent of a qualified tenant's rent. On June 28, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 832 into law, effective immediately...

 

 

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