Joshua Nelson

Partner

Tel: (916) 551-2859

Location(s)

At a Glance

Josh is city attorney for the cities of Gustine and Jackson.

In addition to general governance issues, Josh focuses on telecommunications, solid waste, Proposition 218/26 compliance, general utilities issues and code enforcement.

Josh is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Nevada.
 

Josh Nelson is a member of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group and provides city attorney and general counsel services to a number of clients. Josh is city attorney for the cities of Gustine and Jackson. He is also general counsel for the Alpine Springs County Water District, Beckwourth Fire District, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Plumas-Eureka Community Services District and Tahoe Resource Conservation District. 

In addition to general governance issues, Josh focuses on telecommunications, solid waste, Proposition 218/26 compliance, general utilities issues and code enforcement. He advises on the laws surrounding the growing use of short-term rental housing. He also regularly represents public and private clients before the California Public Utilities Commission on energy and telecommunications matters. 

For telecommunications, Josh negotiates wireless facilities siting agreements and assists clients with regulating wireless facilities within and outside of the right-of-way. Other utility experience includes assisting public agencies (both regulators and utilities) with right-of-way management issues, including utility undergrounding efforts. 

Related to solid waste, he assists clients with all manner of solid waste issues, including franchising, landfill, leasing, permitting and closure/post-closure compliance, diversion requirements and construction and demolition programs. For code enforcement, Josh prosecutes all manner of civil and administrative code enforcement actions, including health and safety receiverships. 

Josh is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Nevada.

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D. 
  • Cornell University, B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations
Organic Waste Regulations Proposed
Legal Alerts Jan 28, 2019

Organic Waste Regulations Proposed

CalRecycle Taking Comments on Landfill Regulations Required By SB 1383

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 7, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility
Legal Alerts Dec 4, 2017

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility

Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

Authored Articles & Publications May 31, 2017

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

By Joshua Nelson and Todd Leishman

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 28, 2017

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

By Mark A. Easter, Joshua Nelson and Todd R. Leishman

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2015

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives... For Now

CPUC Will Take Comments on a Proposed Decision on Net Energy Metering Tariff

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2015

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations

Municipalities Should Ensure They Will Be in Compliance

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites
Legal Alerts Sep 4, 2015

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto

Legal Alerts Sep 29, 2014

New Law Expands Local Control Over Massage Industry

Law Revises Legislation Set to Sunset This Year

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation in Response to Drought
Legal Alerts Jul 17, 2014

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation in Response to Drought

Regulation Requires Agencies to Restrict Outdoor Irrigation and Prohibit Certain Uses of Water

Two Service Districts Form LAFCO
BB&K In the News Nov 27, 2017

Two Service Districts Form LAFCO

Plumas County News Reports on BB&K Partner Joshua Nelson’s Consolidation Advisement

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted
Client Successes Aug 16, 2017

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted

BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

BB&K Event Apr 27, 2017

Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Free Webinar

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities
Videos Apr 27, 2017

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Webinar on Short-Term Vacation Rentals Like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies
Videos Jan 19, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies

First in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

BB&K Event Jan 19 - Feb 2, 2017

From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire-Traps: How to Deal with Dangerous Dwellings in Your City

Free Three-Part Webinar Series: Jan. 19., Jan. 26 and Feb. 2

Press Releases Jan 3, 2017

BB&K Promotes Joshua Nelson to Partner

Partnership Also Elects New Member to Firm’s Executive Committee

Power Costs for San Diego Public Schools Under Investigation
BB&K In the News Jul 16, 2015

Power Costs for San Diego Public Schools Under Investigation

Representing a Coalition of School Districts Fighting a Possible Power Rate Hike, BB&K Attorney Josh Nelson Was Interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune

North Tahoe Public Utility District Hires BB&K as General Counsel
BB&K In the News Jul 7, 2015

North Tahoe Public Utility District Hires BB&K as General Counsel

The Sierra Sun Reports That BB&K Attorney Josh Nelson Will Serve as the District's General Counsel

  • “Lorman Seminar: What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in California,” Lorman Education Services, Feb. 14, 2013