Best Best & Krieger News Feedhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=20&LPA=492Best Best and Krieger is a Full Service Law Firmen-us21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssCalifornia Land Use Law & Policy Conferencehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58181&format=xmlJoin Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP at the Argent Communications California Land Use Law &amp; Policy Conference. The event, co-sponsored by BB&amp;K and co-chaired by BB&amp;K Partner Michelle Ouellette, will provide perspectives from top legal and technical professionals about effective ways to navigate California's regulatory landscape. <br /> <br /> <strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong><br /> <br /> Michelle Ouellette, &quot;Welcome Remarks with Critical Detail&quot;<br /> 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.<br /> <br /> Charity Schiller: &ldquo;CEQA and Sustainable Community Strategies - Making Sense of SB 375&rdquo;<br /> 10:15 - Noon<br /> <br /> Paeter Garcia: &ldquo;Successful Land Use Planning and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act - The Developer's Perspective&rdquo;<br /> 1:15 - 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Monday, Sept. 12<br /> 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where</strong><br /> DoubleTree Suites<br /> 1707 4th St.<br /> Santa Monica, CA 90401<br /> <p><em>Friends of Best Best &amp; Krieger can receive a $100 discount off of the regular conference price by using the code: Friend of Best Best &amp; Krieger.</em></p> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="http://argentco.com/2016CLUconference/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.Conferences & Speaking Engagements12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58181&format=xmlCalifornia State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulationshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58183&format=xml<p>The State Water Resources Control Board recently released a series of revisions to its proposed <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/fees/drinking_water/docs/feeregulation_rev_regtext.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Drinking Water Fee Regulations</span></a>. The revised regulations make a series of amendments to the previously <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&amp;an=53449" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">proposed</span></a> regulations that could result in very significant fee increases for affected public water systems. The revised regulations, however, do not significantly alter the specific requirements for water wholesalers.</p> <p>The Board is proposing the regulations in conformance with its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which applies to all persons who supply water for human consumption and meet the law&rsquo;s definition of a &ldquo;public water system.&rdquo; A Senate Bill enacted last year (SB 83) modified the Board&rsquo;s authority to impose annual operating fees on public water systems and served as the impetus for the Board&rsquo;s most recent round of proposed rulemaking.</p> <p>Among other changes, the revised regulations alter the fee structure applicable to designated public water systems. For example, as initially proposed, public water systems serving between 101 and 1,000 service connections were going to be required to pay $2.00 per service connection. Now, a system falling within this designation will be required to pay a flat fee of $100, plus $2.00 per service connection greater than 100. In addition, as initially proposed, public water systems with 1,001 or more service connections were going to be required to pay $2.00 per service connection. Now, the revised regulations create an independent fee structure for those systems with 1,001 to 5,000 connections, 5,001 to 15,000, and 15,001 and greater.&nbsp;</p> <p>Notably, the revised regulations do not significantly alter the specific requirements for water &ldquo;wholesalers,&rdquo; as defined. If enacted, wholesalers will be required to pay an annual fee of $6,000 <u>plus</u> $1.36 per million gallons of water that the wholesaler produces from surface and groundwater, as well as gallons of finished water that the wholesaler purchased or received from another public water system.</p> <p>The Board estimates that the proposed regulation would apply to approximately 7,500 water systems across the State. The Board is seeking public comment on the proposed regulations. The comment period ends on July 29th. More information about the regulation and how to provide public comments can be found <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/fees/drinking_water/index.shtml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">here</span></a>.</p> <p>For more information on the draft regulations and the comment process, please contact one of the authors of this Legal Alert listed at the right in the firm&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=492&amp;format=xml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2099" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">BB&amp;K attorney</span></a>.</p> <p>Please feel free to share this Legal Alert or subscribe by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2121"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">clicking here</span></a>. Follow us on Twitter @BBKlaw.</p> <p><i>Disclaimer: BB&amp;K legal alerts are not intended as legal advice. Additional facts or future developments may affect subjects contained herein. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting or relying upon any information in this communiqu&eacute;.</i></p>Legal Alerts20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58183&format=xmlAppellate Court Again Sides with BB&K Client in Groundwater Rights Disputehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58096&format=xml<p>On behalf of the City of Santa Maria, Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP Managing Partner Eric Garner and Partner Jeffrey Dunn secured an appellate victory in a long-running groundwater rights dispute. In an opinion certified for publication by the Sixth District Court of Appeal, handed down June 24, 2016, the court held that a lower court was correct to quiet title to a groundwater basin for a group of landowners.</p> <p>The landowners unsuccessfully asserted that, for the trial court to quiet title, it must have quantified the proportionate prescriptive right to the pumped groundwater as to each property owner. The Appellate Court rejected the argument, finding that the quantification was unnecessary at the time of judgment &mdash; as the basin was not in overdraft. However, should there be future periods of overdraft, then the court could consider a quantification of each landowner&rsquo;s groundwater right.</p> <p>The opinion follows a 2012 published opinion that upheld the City&rsquo;s prescriptive right to groundwater and court-imposed groundwater management plan by the City of Santa Maria and other groundwater users. The two decisions provide guidance to California courts as to how to allocate increasingly scarce groundwater supplies.&nbsp;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/H041133.PDF"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">The case is <i>City of Santa Maria et al v. Richard E. Adam</i>, H041133</span></a></p>Client Successes14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58096&format=xmlLegislative Updatehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58047&format=xmlBest Best &amp; Krieger LLP Of Counsel Sarah Owsowitz will provide an update on CEQA and environmental-related legislation during the Associate of Environmental Professionals San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's seminar.<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Wednesday, July 13<br /> Noon - 1:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>100 West San Fernando St.<br /> Suite 200<br /> San Jose, CA 95113 <br /> <br /> To see Sarah's presentation, <a target="_blank" href="/88E17A/assets/files/Documents/Bay Area Legislative Update 2016-c1.pdf"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>. <br />Conferences & Speaking Engagements13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58047&format=xmlCongratulations to BB&K's Attorneys on the Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Listshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58026&format=xml<p><b> </b></p> <p><b>For Immediate Release: July 8, 2016</b><br /> <b>Media Contact: Denise Nix &bull; 213.787.2552 &bull; </b><a href="mailto:denise.nix@bbklaw.com?subject=Congratulations%20to%20BB%26K%E2%80%99s%20Attorneys%20on%20the%20Northern%20California%20Super%20Lawyers%20and%20Rising%20Stars%20Lists"><b>denise.nix@bbklaw.com </b></a></p> <p>RIVERSIDE, Calif. &ndash; Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP congratulates our eight attorneys selected to the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Attorneys on the lists are recognized by their peers for their professional achievements in their practice areas.</p> <p>The Super Lawyers list includes no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the region. Included on the Northern California Super Lawyers list are:</p> <ul> <li>Sarah E. Owsowitz (Land Use/Zoning)</li> <li>Edward J. Quinn, Jr. (Land Use/Zoning)</li> <li>Stacey N. Sheston (Employment &amp; Labor)</li> <li>Harriet A. Steiner (State/Local/Municipal)</li> <li>Gene Tanaka (Environmental Litigation)</li> <li>Iris P. Yang (Environmental)</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> To be selected for the Rising Stars list, attorneys must be under the age of 40 or in practice for less than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent of the region&rsquo;s attorneys are selected. Included on the Northern California Rising Stars list are:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <ul> <li>Sigrid K. Asmundson (State/Local/Municipal)</li> <li>Christopher J. Diaz (Land Use/Zoning)</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Super Lawyers, visit <a href="http://www.superlawyers.com/index.html" target="_blank">SuperLawyers.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit </i><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/" target="_blank"><i>www.bbklaw.com</i></a><i> or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.</i></p>Press Releases08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=58026&format=xmlThree BB&K Attorneys Listed as Top Lawyers in Coachella Valleyhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=57924&format=xml<p><b>For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016</b><br /> <b>Media Contact: Denise Nix &bull; 213.787.2552 &bull; </b><a href="mailto:denise.nix@bbklaw.com?subject=Three%20BB%26K%20Attorneys%20Listed%20as%20Top%20Lawyers%20in%20Coachella%20Valley"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><b>denise.nix@bbklaw.com </b></span></a></p> <p><b>INDIAN WELLS, Calif. &ndash; </b>Three Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP partners were selected by <i>Palm Springs Life</i> magazine to be on its list of Top Lawyers in the Coachella Valley. The magazine based its selections on Martindale Hubbell rankings, as well as its own reviews. The three BB&amp;K attorneys all work from the firm&rsquo;s Indian Wells office. The attorneys and the category they were listed under are:</p> <ul> <li>Robert Hargreaves (Energy): Hargreaves practices general municipal law, but focuses on energy, land use and other environmental issues. He is the city attorney for the City of Palm Desert and represents the cities of Indian Wells, Coachella, Needles and San Jacinto in various capacities. He is general counsel to the Salton Sea Authority, the Valley Sanitary District and the Mt. San Jacinto Winter Park Authority.</li> <li>Douglas Phillips (Litigation): Phillips is experienced in civil litigation, appellate law, municipal, environmental and condemnation law. He is a deputy city attorney for City of Palm Desert, and represents the City of Indian Wells in litigation matters.</li> <li>G. Henry Welles (Intellectual Property): Welles is chair of the firm&rsquo;s Intellectual Property group and managing partner of the Indian Wells office. His practice involves litigation of&nbsp;trademark, copyright,&nbsp;patent infringement, unfair competition and trade secret cases, as well as trademark registration, trade secret protection, Internet issues, intellectual property licensing and copyright protection issues.</li> </ul> <p>The listing appeared in the June 2016 edition of <i>Palm Springs Life</i>, available by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.palmspringslife.com/114-legal-eagles-2016/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">clicking here.</span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP</i></b><i> is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit </i><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><i>www.bbklaw.com</i></span></a><i> or follow </i><a href="http://twitter.com/bbklaw" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><i>@BBKlaw</i></span></a><i> on Twitter.</i></p>Press Releases06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=57924&format=xmlManaging Groundwater in a Time of Increasing Demand and Changing Climatehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=53925&format=xmlBest Best &amp; Krieger LLP Managing Partner Eric Garner will speak on &quot;Managing Groundwater in a Time of Increasing Demand and Changing Climate,&quot; during the Water Education Foundation's &quot;Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science &amp; Policy.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Thursday, June 30<br /> 10 a.m. - Noon<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport<br /> 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy.<strong><br /> </strong> Burlingame, CA 94010<strong><br /> <br /> </strong>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.watereducation.org/internationalgroundwater2016"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here.</span></a><strong><br /> <br /> </strong><br />Conferences & Speaking Engagements30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=53925&format=xmlCase Clarifies California's Subdivision Map Act Requirementshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=56742&format=xml<p>The scope of findings that a city or county must make when approving subdivision maps under the California Subdivision Map Act were clarified in a recent California Court of Appeal decision. According to Government Code section 66473.5, for a city or county to approve a subdivision map, it must make a finding that a proposed subdivision is consistent with its general plan. The general plan consistency finding is the only affirmative finding that the Subdivision Map Act purports to require by its express terms. There has long been question, however, as to whether local agencies must also make the &ldquo;negative&rdquo; findings under Government Code section 66474 to approve a parcel map.</p> <p>Section 66474 provides that a city or county shall deny approval of a tentative tract or parcel map if it makes any one of seven specific &ldquo;negative&rdquo; findings. For example, if the site is not physically suitable for the type of development or for the proposed density of the development, then the city or county shall deny the application.</p> <p>At issue in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/D069442.PDF"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><i>Spring Valley Association v. City of Victorville</i></span></a> case was a commercial development that included space for a new Wal-Mart store. For the project to proceed, the applicant requested a parcel map to subdivide the property for development. In approving the parcel map, the City Council found that the proposed subdivision was consistent with the City&rsquo;s General Plan. However, the City Council did not make findings under section 66474 because the City Council did not intend to deny the map.</p> <p>Spring Valley Association argued that the City&rsquo;s parcel map findings for approval of the map were inadequate because the City did not make the converse &ldquo;denial&rdquo; findings under section 66474. Relying on a 1975 Attorney General opinion that interpreted the predecessor statute to the current section 66474, the court concluded that the City Council was, in fact, required to make the negative findings before it could approve the parcel map. Thus, for a city or county to approve a tentative tract or parcel map, it must make the general plan consistency finding in Government Code section 66473.5 and must also find the inverse of the seven &ldquo;negative&rdquo; findings in section 66474.</p> <p>While this case adds a significant number of findings to the subdivision map process, cities and counties who use Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP&rsquo;s model subdivision resolutions should not experience any interruption in their current procedures. BB&amp;K model subdivision resolutions already include both the affirmative finding under Government Code section 66473.5 and the inverse of the seven &ldquo;negative&rdquo; findings in section 66474. If you are uncertain about whether your subdivision map resolution contains all of the requisite findings, or if you are a BB&amp;K client interested in obtaining a copy of the BB&amp;K form resolutions, please contact one of the authors of this Legal Alert listed at right in the firm&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=492&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2099"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">BB&amp;K attorney</span></a>.</p> <p>Please feel free to share this Legal Alert or subscribe by <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2121" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">clicking here</span></a>. Follow us on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/bbklaw" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">@BBKlaw.</span></a></p> <i>Disclaimer: BB&amp;K legal alerts are not intended as legal advice. Additional facts or future developments may affect subjects contained herein. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting or relying upon any information in this communiqu&eacute;.</i>Legal Alerts28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=56742&format=xmlUber, Lyft to Get New Regulator in Calif.http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=56755&format=xmlUnder a package of California Public Utilities Commission reforms in the works, ridesharing services regulation will shift to the Department of Motor of Vehicles. In an interview with <em>The Recorder</em>, Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP attorney Jordan Ferguson said the DMV makes sense as the regulatory agency of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. This is because the DMV is already focusing on future technologies and innovations, like driverless cars, Jordan said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The DMV is going to be better equipped at handling TNCs going down the line,&rdquo; Jordan told The Recorder. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re thinking about these issues at a much more nuanced level than the PUC has.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202761120605?keywords=lyft+uber&amp;publication=The+Recorder"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">The article, which was posted June 28, 2016 on therecorder.com, is available by clicking here</span></a> (subscription required).<br />BB&K In The News28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=56755&format=xmlTribes and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB 52http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=52145&format=xml<br /> Best Best and Krieger LLP Of Counsel and Program Co-Chair Sarah Owsowitz and Katy Wisinski are among the presenters at Law Seminar International's one-day seminar titled &ldquo;Tribes and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB 52.&rdquo;<br /> <p><strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong></p> <p><u>Sarah Owsowitz</u><br /> 8:30 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> <br /> 10:30 a.m., &quot;Changes Brought About by AB 52&quot;<br /> <br /> 3 p.m., &quot;Wrap up Discussion on Laying the Foundation for Productive Consultation: What Developers, Lead Agencies, and Tribes Need to Know About Each Other's Processes, Needs and Objectives&quot;</p> <p><u>Katy Wisinski</u><br /> 1:15 p.m., &quot;Structuring Government-to-Government Consultation, Including Tips for Designing Consultation Structures to Maintain the Confidentiality of Communications&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>When</strong><br /> Monday, June 20<br /> 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p><b>Where<br /> </b>Morongo Casino Resort &amp; Spa<br /> 49500 Seminole Dr. <br /> Cabazon, CA 92230</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a href="http://lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16TEQACA" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.</p> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />Conferences & Speaking Engagements20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=52145&format=xml