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Governor Signs SB 188 Prohibiting Discrimination Based on One’s Natural Hair

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On July 3, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair). SB 188, which is effective January 1, 2020, seeks to protect employees and students from discrimination based on natural hair and hairstyles associated with race. With the signing of SB 188, California becomes the first state to ban discrimination based on one’s natural hair.

Governor Signs SB 83 Extending Paid Family Leave Benefits

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On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 83 (SB 83), which allows workers paying into the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program to claim up to eight (8) weeks in Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits starting July 1, 2020. Additionally, SB 83 creates a task force to develop a PFL program that extends benefits to six (6) months by 2022.  Prior to SB 83, workers could claim only up to six (6) weeks of PFL benefits. 

State And Regional Board MS4 Permits, Which Require Numeric Water Quality Based Effluent Limits, Must Take Into Account Economic Considerations

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On April 18, 2019, the Orange County Superior Court issued a ruling in City of Duarte v. State Water Resources Control Board - Case No. 30-2016-00833614-CU-WM-CJC and City of Gardena v. Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles – Case No. 30-2016-00833722. 

The Cities of Gardena and Duarte (“Cities”) challenged the municipal separate storm sewer system (“MS4”) permit requirements with respect to the Water Quality-Based Effluent Limitations (“WQBEL”) imposed by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) and the SWRCB (collectively “Respondents”).

FCC Proposes New Rules Limiting Local Control Over Cable Franchises

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The federal Communications Act of 1934 (“Act”) empowers state and local government entities (each a “Local Franchising Authority”) to award franchises to cable operators to authorize the construction or operation of cable systems in the public right-of-way, provided that a Local Franchising Authority may not grant an exclusive franchise and may not unreasonably refuse to award an additional competitive franchise.

SB 946 Safe Sidewalk Vending Act

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Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 946, also known as the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act. Under the law, which goes into effect January 1, sidewalk vendors may not be prohibited, although local authorities will be able to establish regulations on sidewalk vendors to protect valid health, safety and welfare concerns. The statute defines “sidewalk vendors” as “persons who sells food or merchandise from a pushcart, stand, display, pedal-driven cart, wagon, showcase, rack, or other non-motorized conveyance, or from one’s person, upon a public sidewalk or other pedestrian path.” A sidewalk vendor can be roaming or stationary. “Local authority” is expressly defined as both chartered and general law cities and counties.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Janus V. AFSCME That Agency Fees Violate The First Amendment and SB 866 Is Signed Into Law In Response

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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME ((2018) 585 U.S. __) declaring that union “agency fees” violate the First Amendment and, consequently, are unconstitutional. The Court’s decision will significantly impact labor law precedent and recognized employee organizations because non-union workers/members can no longer be forced to pay fees to public sector employee organizations/unions.


CA Governor Signs Long-Term Water Conservation Bills, SB 606 And AB 1668

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SB 606 and AB 1668 (“Bills”), signed by the Governor of California on May 31, 2018, amend the Water Code to impose a number of new or expanded requirements on state and local water suppliers. SB 606 and AB 1668 set out new water use targets and implement the Governor’s Executive Order to create a permanent framework for water conservation.

Propositions 68, 69, 71, and 72 Pass in Statewide Election, and a New Water Bond Measure is Planned for November Ballot

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On June 5, 2018, California voters approved four ballot initiatives impacting public agencies, water and infrastructure, Propositions 68, 69, 71 and 72.  California voters approved bonds for water infrastructure (68) and limited the use of certain funds for transportation infrastructure (69).  Voters also approved measures addressing the effective date of election results (71), and providing tax incentives for rainwater capture (72).  


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