Alerts


Anaheim Lobbying Law Report (August 2017)

The Anaheim City Council has passed a “sunshine” law implementing lobbyist registration and reporting, record-keeping for certain officials, and “revolving door” restrictions on former City officials.  The ordinance will go into effect on September 14, 2017, and is one of many new or amended local lobbying ordinances passed in the […]


San Jose Lobbying Law Alert (August 2017)

San Jose now requires all registered City lobbyists to file electronic reports with the City Clerk no later than the Monday following any week in which they contact a City official.  For example, if a San Jose lobbyist contacts a Councilperson in support of a proposed ordinance on a Friday […]


Santa Monica Lobbying Law Alert (June 2017)

New, Ongoing Filing Obligations for Santa Monica Lobbying Entities The Santa Monica City Council recently amended its new lobbying law (which was just enacted last fall) to clarify that registered lobbying entities must file an “addendum” to their registrations within 10 days of any change in their lobbying activities, including […]


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Significant Court Case on the Public Disclosure of Private Emails and Texts

This morning, the California Supreme Court issued a decision which could significantly alter how lobbyists and members of the public interact with elected officials and government employees. The decision subjects state and local public officials’ and employees’ personal emails, text messages and other electronic communications to public disclosure under the […]


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New Gift and Contribution Limits Effective January 1, 2017

The Fair Political Practices Commission has approved biennial cost of living increase to gift and contribution limits for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. Gift Limit (applicable to all state and local covered public officials) Please note that – in addition to the above increases – there […]


Pre-Election Litigation (March 2016) 328

As the June 7, 2016 election season heats up, candidates and consultants should keep in mind that the law allows campaigns to challenge false, misleading, or improper information which will appear in the voter information pamphlet and/or on the ballot.  These include candidate ballot designations, candidate statements, and arguments for […]