Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

Tel: (916) 551-2853

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At a Glance

Sigrid provides general and special counsel services to local agencies with a focus on election law, economic development, affordable housing and land use and state mandates.
 
Before law school, Sigrid worked on multiple campaigns at the local and state level.
 
She appeared on the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List for State, Local & Municipal Law for three years.

Sigrid Asmundson is a public law attorney providing general and special counsel services to local agencies with a focus on elections law, economic development, affordable housing, land use and state mandates. Sigrid frequently lectures on elections law, economic development and local officials’ ethics.

General Counsel
Sigrid provides city attorney and general counsel services to local agencies throughout California including counties, cities, special districts and joint powers authorities. She serves as general counsel for the Cosumnes Community Services District and the Community College League of California’s Retiree Health Benefits Joint Powers Authority. Sigrid provides advice on all aspects of governing a public agency including the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Public Records Act, land use and employee matters.

Election Law
Sigrid assists charter and general law counties, cities, special districts and school districts on election procedures for candidates, ballot measures, and in litigating pre- and post-election challenges.

  • Assists in drafting local agency-sponsored initiatives including local tax measures, such as transient occupancy taxes, sales and use taxes and parcel taxes
  • Assists in drafting special legislation authorizing local ballot measures
  • Advises local elections officials on the procedures for local agency-sponsored and petition-driven ballot initiatives and referenda, arguments for and against ballot measures, noticing requirements and ballot materials for the voter pamphlet
  • Assists with candidate and recall election procedures
  • Advises on the Federal Voting Rights Act and California Voting Rights Act, including options and risks for electing officials at large, by division or from division
  • Assists with pre- and post-election challenges, ballot material challenges and election contests
  • Advises on taxes, fees and assessment procedures under propositions 13, 62, 218 and 26 at all stages of the adoption and approval process
  • Advises local agencies on permissible and impermissible use of public funds regarding candidates and ballot measures including informational flyers, candidate forums and use of public property for election related activities 


Economic Development, Affordable Housing and Land Use
Sigrid represented local redevelopment agencies prior to their dissolution in 2012. She now represents several cities, successor agencies and housing successor entities in connection with the dissolution of their redevelopment agencies and resulting legal disputes.

 In her economic development, land use and affordable housing practice, Sigrid regularly represents public agencies in meetings and transactional negotiations related to land use and development issues, including structuring transactions for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects, and negotiating and drafting the implementing agreements for those transactions.

  • Drafting and negotiating disposition and development agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating affordable housing agreements
  • Assisting local agencies in preparing regulatory agreements and CC&Rs
  • Assisting local agencies in affordable housing projects including rental and owner-occupied projects
  • Advising local agencies on mobile home and condominium projects
  • Assisting with local agency commercial and residential loan programs
  • Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements 
    Sigrid also advises public agency clients with respect to Local Agency Formation Commission-related issues. She assists public agency clients on incorporations, annexations, municipal service reviews and sphere of influence plans, consolidations and mergers.


State Mandates
Sigrid provides advice on state mandates to all types of local agencies including counties, cities, special districts, school districts and community colleges. The Commission on State Mandates is continuously issuing decisions that restrict state reimbursement to local agencies. Sigrid provides advice to local agencies on whether new legislation creates a reimbursable state mandate. Additionally, Sigrid advises local agencies on the procedures for filing a test claim, reimbursement claim, interpretation of parameters and guidelines, and filing an incorrect reduction claim. Sigrid has appeared before the Commission on State Mandates on behalf of local agencies.

 While in law school, she served as a Senior Notes and Comments editor on the U.C. Davis Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Sigrid worked on multiple campaigns at the local and state level in various areas, including election campaigns for school board, city council and California assembly candidates, general and special tax measures, bond measures and initiatives. 

Sigrid was born and raised in Davis and is a third generation resident of Yolo County. She lives in Woodland with her husband and three children. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., political science and communications 


Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, State, Local & Municipal Law, 2014-2017
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • California Political Attorneys Association
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