Legislative Negotiations Maintain Simple Majority Threshold for Local Special Tax Initiatives; Soda Taxes Banned

As you may recall, the California Supreme Court issued a decision last year which dramatically changed the environment for citizen initiatives aiming to impose special taxes at the local level. The Court effectively concluded that the constitutional two-thirds voter approval requirement for special taxes only applies when the taxes are […]

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 […]

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 […]