California Water Law Update

By Katherine A. McKitterick and Sean M. Sherlock To address the worsening drought, on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 (“Executive Order”), mandating a 25% reduction in potable urban water consumption. In response, the State Water Resources … Continue reading

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Time to Dust Off California Water Law On Development Moratoria

by Sean M. Sherlock and Katherine McKitterick As the California drought continues, the state’s need for a solution intensifies.  Last month Governor Brown signed into law a series of bills creating a new regulatory program for groundwater extraction.  In November, … Continue reading

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Property Owner Waives Right to Challenge Permit Conditions

by Sean M. Sherlock Note:  The California Supreme Court granted review in this case on December 10, 2014.  As such, the case is not citable precedent, and may be reversed in whole or part. In a new case out of San … Continue reading


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California Bill Would Permit Employees to Record Liens for Alleged Unpaid Wages

During the last couple of legislative sessions, union interests have been working with California legislators to pass a bill that would enable employees to record liens against their employers’ real property, as well as against the real property where their … Continue reading

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CEQA Reform Update

In January of this year I offered some thoughts on sensible reform of the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)—A Sensible Proposal for CEQA Reform (1/16/13). Now that the deadline has passed for the legislators to introduce their bills, we have … Continue reading

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California Scores Another Cap-and-Trade Victory

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) scored another victory in its ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state to 1990 levels under the mandate of AB 32 (the “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006”). In a decision … Continue reading

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