Summary of 2015 Laws, final post

This is our last post of 2015 enactments.  This describes new employment laws. Employment Laws Chapter 67 (AB 304):  Employers must provide sick leave accrual on the basis of one hour for each 30 hours worked or another regular basis … Continued

Summary of 2015 Laws, continued

This post describes enactments about public contracts and public records. Contracts Chapter 53 (AB 327):  Prevailing wage law suspended when volunteers perform the work.  [LC 1720.4] Chapter 739 (AB 219):  Prevailing wages must be paid to drivers for ready-mixed concrete … Continued

Summary of 2015 Laws, continued

The following continues our summary of 2015 laws.  This post describes conflicts of interest, elections, and environmental law enactments, financial reports, and taxes. Conflicts Chapter 495 (SB 704):  Adds to the definition of remote interest under conflict laws the owner … Continued

Summary of 2015 Laws

Every year we post a summary of laws enacted during the prior California legislature session.  This list is usually long and, frankly, does not make for a compelling read, even though the enactments are important.  This year we are trying … Continued

State Drought Regulations

This is our final report on Chapter 27.  Earlier we explained how Sections 1 through 4 created a process for the State Water Resources Control Board to order public water purveyors to consolidate the operation of substandard purveyors.  We next … Continued

Implementation of Drought Responses

This is the third installment of our analysis of Chapter 27, the Budget Trailer Bill.  The following describes the provisions implementing the drought responses. Public education receives special mention in Section 10 of Chapter 27.  Public entities “may” undertake “water … Continued

Chapter 27 (Stats. 2015):  CEQA Waiver

Earlier, we outlined several water laws enacted by the “budget trailer bill,” Chapter 27.  We explained the consolidation provisions in a subsequent post. We now address the CEQA waiver introduced by Chapter 27. As you know, public agencies must conduct … Continued

Water Purveyor Consolidation

As recently reported, Chapter 27 (Stats. 2015) enacted provisions for the mandatory consolidation of water purveyors. The following provides those provisions in more detail. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) may order the consolidation of a water purveyor … Continued

Water Legislation (Chapter 27)

The Secretary of State enrolled Chapter 27, the so-called Budget Trailer Bill (SB 88), on June 24, 2015.  This statute enacted several important water rights and water distribution laws.  The following highlights the major features of this statute.  We will … Continued


In the Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach, the court invalidated a planning decision because a councilmember appealed the grant of permit of the city council and convinced his fellow councilmembers to deny the permit.  In neither of … Continued