BB&K Event Jan 25 - Feb 13, 2018

Free Municipal Law Webinar Series from BB&K

Legal Issues that Matter Most to California Cities

Best Best & Krieger LLP will present a series of free webinars on the legal issues that matter most to California cities, including telecommunications, marijuana regulation, pension benefits, prevailing wage requirements and more.

To register for one or multiple webinars, click here. All webinars are 10 - 11 a.m. PT/1 - 2 p.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 25
Gregory Rodriguez and Matthew Ridgway (Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants)
“Laying the Foundation for Maximizing Benefits Around Emerging Technologies”
This webinar will focus on the important legal and policy foundations that should be considered when integrating emerging technologies into cities and counties. From smart traffic signals and street lights to automated vehicles and drones, the incorporation of new innovations into cities requires “smart” resolutions, policies and procurements that promote innovation within a framework of safety and transparency. Presenters will provide an update on national “Smart City” trends, recommend best practices for innovation policies, and share guidance to avoid getting “outsmarted” by the fast-moving incorporation of innovation into cities.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Ruben Duran and Christopher Pisano
“Who Does What? Defining Proper Roles for Staff and Elected Officials”
The most effective cities often share key traits in common. Among these is a solid history and practice of clearly defined and well-understood roles for the key players on the city’s team. When staff and elected officials approach their different jobs with the knowledge and appreciation of what the other does, as well what they, themselves, should be doing (or not doing), it’s easier for everyone to row in the same direction and move the city council’s priorities and agenda forward.

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Wednesday, Sept. 20
Gail Karish and Gerard Lederer
“Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer”
California is considering a bill (SB 649) that may dramatically limit the way localities regulate small cell wireless deployments and manage their public property, such as street lights. If SB 649 is adopted and signed by the Governor, cities will be required to provide access, conduct cost studies and rewrite their local ordinances on a short timetable to come into compliance with the bill’s requirements. At the same time, the FCC is considering taking similar actions under federal law to preempt and limit local authority over wireless deployments. This seminar discussed the state of these developments, and what localities should be doing now to protect their interests — at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer [PDF]
To view a recording of the webinar, click here. [VIDEO]
"SB 649 Barely Passes Out of California Legislature," Government Relations Alert

Thursday, Oct. 5
Victor Ponto and Marc Tran
“So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community”
SB 94, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27, attempts to harmonize medical and recreational cannabis regulations. To that end, SB 94 repeals MCRSA, includes certain provisions of MCRSA in the licensing provisions of AUMA, and creates a single regulatory scheme known as the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The webinar detailed how Prop. 94, AUMA and MCRSA effect local agencies’ ability to regulate such commercial uses. We helped clarify what adult use of cannabis means for local agencies confronted with compliance and implementation of the new regulations. We discussed analyzing and implementing your community’s preferences and integrating recreational with medical cannabis.

So You Want to Regulate Cannabis in Your Community [PDF]
To view a recording of the webinar, click here. [VIDEO]

Thursday, Oct. 19
Isabel Safie
“The Art of Reducing OPEB Liabilities”
With the ever-growing pressures on public funds and the constitutional and statutory limitations on modifying vested benefits, public agencies in California are looking for innovative ways to reduce the cost of OPEB liabilities. In addition, recent cases have clarified that modifications to OPEB benefits are considered on a case-by-case basis and, thus, are fact intensive. This webinar focused on the various techniques that public agencies are using to control OPEB costs, including the PEMHCA workaround for public agencies providing health benefits through the CalPERS health benefit program.

The Art of Reducing OPEB Liabilities [PDF]
To view a recording of the webinar, click here. [VIDEO]

Thursday, Nov. 2
Thomas Rice and Doug Johnson (National Demographics Corporation)
“The California Voting Rights Act: What To Do When Your Agency Gets a Letter”
This webinar helps public agencies understand how to respond when they receive a letter alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. We provide an introduction to the CVRA, summarize the relevant case law and report on recent legislation. We explain how demographic data can help your agency decide how to respond to a challenge. Finally, we provide a general guide to what happens next, whether it be a transition process from at-large to by-district elections or litigation.

The California Voting Rights Act: What To Do When Your Agency Gets a Letter [PDF]
To view a recording of the webinar, click here. [VIDEO]

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Michael Maurer
“SB 96: Department of Industrial Relations’ New Prevailing Wage Penalties”
As a trailer bill with this year’s budget, the California Legislature passed SB 96, which enables the Department of Industrial Relations to impose fines on public agencies that do not comply with prevailing wage-monitoring requirements. This webinar explain the new penalties and how they impact the way public agencies comply with the DIR’s prevailing wage program. The webinar also provides a refresher into SB 854, and how to identify projects that are subject to prevailing wage.

SB 96: Department of Industrial Relations’ New Prevailing Wage Penalties [PDF]
To view a recording of the webinar, click here. [VIDEO]

Each webinar in this series has been approved for minimum continuing legal education by the State Bar of California in the amount of one (1) hour of General Participatory credit. Best Best & Krieger LLP certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Best Best & Krieger LLP is a State Bar of California Approved Provider, #1035. Please note that CLE credit is only available to those who participate in the “live” webinar and Best Best & Krieger LLP is unable to provide credit to those who choose to view the webinar recording.


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