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Founding Partner Jon Holtzman and Of Counsel Rubin E. Cruse to Present at City Attorneys Spring Conference Alongside Downey Brand Partner Kathryn Oehlschlager

Renne Public Law Group (RPLG)’s Rubin E. Cruse Jr., Ann Danforth, Jake Freitas, Art Hartinger and Jon Holtzman will represent the firm at the League of California Cities (LOCC) City Attorneys Spring Conference, May 8 to 11 in Rancho Mirage.

Distinguished Law and Public Sector Professionals to Speak at RPLG’s Fifth-annual Public Law Fellowship Program

Renne Public Law Group (RPLG) is excited to kick off its fifth-annual Public Law Fellowship Program. The cohort will soon immerse themselves in public law thought leadership and learning, with a stellar lineup of public sector and legal professionals. Over two weeks, the Fellowship’s panelists and presenters will address topical issues and challenges facing California communities, local governments and law practice.

Renne Public Law Group – A Different Kind of Law Firm

Let’s talk about recruitment—with a unique approach. Renne Public Law Group approaches bringing in new talent a bit differently from traditional law firms. We don’t hire for openings. We hire great people. When we find great people who want to help government, we hire them, period.

California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of California Voting Rights Act

The 2001 California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”) made it easier for minority groups to prove that local electoral systems undermine their voting power. Appellate courts have adopted different interpretations of what constitutes minority vote dilution. In Pico Neighborhood Ass’n v. City of Santa Monica (Aug. 24, 2023), the California Supreme Court found that vote dilution under the CVRA requires more than racially polarized voting.

Court of Appeal Upholds San Francisco’s Noncitizen Voting Program

On August 8, 2023, in Lacy v. City and County of San Francisco (Aug. 8, 2023, A165899) Cal.App.5th, the California Court of Appeal for the First District upheld San Francisco’s Charter provision permitting noncitizen parents or guardians of children to vote in San Francisco school board elections.

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.

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.

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.

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