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Court of Appeal Rules that Cities Cannot Tow Cars for Unpaid Parking Tickets

On July 21, 2023, the California Court of Appeal for the First District, in Coalition on Homelessness v. City and County of San Francisco, 93 Cal.App.5th 928 (2023), held that San Francisco cannot tow safely and lawfully parked vehicles, without a warrant, solely because of unpaid parking tickets.

2023-08-22T10:24:03-07:00August 22nd, 2023|

Proposed State Ballot Measure Would Make Sweeping Changes to Public Records Act

On August 2, 2023, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization focusing on consumer advocacy, submitted a proposed November 2024 ballot measure to the California Attorney General that would, among other amendments, make numerous changes to the California Public Records Act (CPRA). According to news reports, Consumer Watchdog has budgeted $5 million to support the qualification of the measure for the fall 2024 ballot.

2023-08-14T13:16:06-07:00August 14th, 2023|

RPLG Partner Art Hartinger Named 2023 Top Labor and Employment Lawyer by the Daily Journal

Art Hartinger, Founding Partner at Renne Public Law Group, has been recognized by the Daily Journal as a 2023 Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California. This distinction underscores Art's ability to skillfully represent both public and private sector clients in litigation and advisory matters pertaining to labor and employment issues.

2023-08-22T18:45:49-07:00August 9th, 2023|

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California Law Restricting Campaign Fundraising by Local Government Employees

On July 19, 2023, in Progressive Democrats for Social Justice vs. Bonta, the Ninth Circuit ruled that California Government Code Section 3205—which prohibits local government employees from soliciting campaign contributions from their co-workers—violates the First Amendment.

2023-08-04T18:32:29-07:00August 2nd, 2023|

FPPC Issues New Regulations Regarding Campaign Contribution Restrictions for Local Elected Officers

Effective January 1, 2023, SB 1439 imposes the existing limits on campaign contributions solicited or received in Government Code Section 84308 on local elected officers. Previously, the limits applied only to appointed officers. This notable expansion has drawn newfound attention to the scope of Section 84308’s definitions and restrictions.

2023-08-03T09:28:08-07:00August 2nd, 2023|

EEOC Provides Guidance on Assessing the Adverse Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Employment Selection Procedures

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance regarding the use of software, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) in employers’ “selection procedures,” in other words, employment decisions related to hiring, promotion and firing. Learn more from RPLG Senior Counsel Spencer Wilson and Associate Anastasia Bondarchuk.

2023-07-24T13:42:58-07:00July 21st, 2023|

Renne Public Management Group Welcomes Former City Manager June Catalano

Renne Public Management Group (RPMG), a division of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), is excited to announce the addition of June Catalano as its newest consultant. June recently retired from the City of Pleasant Hill after 17 years as city manager. Prior to that, she was city manager of the City of Martinez for five years. She has served as community development director in a wide range of cities, from Santa Ana to Laguna Beach to San Leandro.

2023-07-17T13:54:29-07:00July 17th, 2023|

2023 Renne Public Law Group Public Law Fellowship Fosters Collaboration and Career Growth

On June 5, our 2023 class of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) fellows completed their public law programming, which encompassed 10 days of engaging speaker sessions, research projects and valuable mentorship opportunities. 

2023-07-14T00:33:25-07:00July 13th, 2023|

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Expands Protections

Beginning June 27, 2023, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) expands protections for pregnant employees and job applicants. The PWFA is a new federal law that requires private and public sector employers with at least 15 employees to provide “reasonable accommodations” to known limitations related to qualified employees’ and job applicants’ pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

2023-07-11T21:15:03-07:00July 7th, 2023|

California Supreme Court Limits Governmental Immunity Statute That California Courts of Appeal Had Read More Broadly

The California Supreme Court recently rejected the Court of Appeal’s broad reading of Government Code section 821.6, which shields public employees acting within the scope of their employment from liability for “instituting or prosecuting any judicial or administrative proceeding” even if the action is “malicious and without probable cause.” The purpose of the statute is to protect public officials from malicious prosecution actions, but the plain language is broad enough to cover other types of tortious conduct.

2023-07-07T16:34:18-07:00July 5th, 2023|
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