December 11, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued his ruling this week in League of California Cities v. Ana Matosantos.
October 15, 2013
The state of California was dealt a blow today when the U.S. Supreme Court denied Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal that requested an additional two years to fulfill the Court’s order to reduce prison to 137.5 percent of capacity by Jan. 27, 2014.
September 25, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny on Tuesday granted the League’s motion for reconsideration in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of AB 1484’s clawback provisions.
September 25, 2013
The three federal judge-panel convened to oversee the reduction of California’s prison population granted Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for an extension this week – with one ‘small’ caveat.
September 20, 2013
The state Attorney General's Office has issued a notice regarding pendency of class action and class action settlement.
July 23, 2013
On July 22, the League of California Cities filed motions for reconsideration and new trial with the Sacramento County Superior Court in the League’s litigation challenging the constitutionality of various provisions of AB 1484.
July 11, 2013
Today the Sacramento County Superior Court ruled that it did not want to decide yet whether the property and sales tax claw back provisions of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution legislation of 2011, were unconstitutional under Propositions 1A (2004) and 22 (2010) because the penalties had not yet been invoked against the petitioners or any members of the League by the Department of Finance.
July 3, 2013
When the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District last week, questions arose about the nationwide effect on local land use policy and the authority to impose fees on development.
June 21, 2013
The number of lawsuits filed continues to grow as the unwinding of redevelopment continues. By Wednesday, June 19, that number reached 120 lawsuits related to redevelopment dissolution.
May 13, 2013
Over the last few months the League has been tracking and reporting on the number of lawsuits that have been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court contesting either parts of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution implementation law passed in 2012, or specific actions by the Department of Finance, which is charged under state law with administering the dissolution process.
May 6, 2013
This morning the California Supreme Court, in a long-awaited opinion, rejected a challenge to the city of Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries. The Court held that neither the state’s Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Marijuana Program limit a city or county from regulating the use of land, and cities and counties retained the authority to provide that medical marijuana dispensaries are not permitted to operate within their borders
April 19, 2013
In a blunt assessment, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA) has criticized ABx1 26 and AB 1484, the 2012 legislation dissolving redevelopment agencies, as causing havoc in California’s municipal bond market in the name of funding state budget shortfalls.
April 19, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny heard oral arguments earlier today in League of California Cities v. Ana Matosantos, the League’s challenge to portions of AB 1484, the 2012 redevelopment budget trailer bill.
March 29, 2013
Since Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABx1 26 on June 28, 2011, 81 lawsuits have been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court related to this statute and the later-enacted statute, AB 1484 (2012).
March 29, 2013
The Administrative Office of the Courts invites city officials to participate in its upcoming Distributions of Revenues from Fines and Fees Statewide Revenue Distribution Training on Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 19, 2013
The League was disappointed to learn that Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly issued an opinion on Monday, March 18, denying the League’s petition challenging the constitutionality of the Legislature’s 2011 decision to fund the criminal justice realignment program in part with vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues.
February 28, 2013
Cities are loyal to the League and supportive of its services.
February 12, 2013
Initially, successes in cases filed by local agencies challenging AB x1 26 and AB 1484 were few and far between, but recently positive results have started to emerge.
February 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center – the case challenging Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries.
February 4, 2013
Tomorrow the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center (Case No. S198638) involving the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. This closely-watched case will address the extent to which the state medical marijuana laws may pre-empt local land use and business regulation authority.