Special Districts

Special districts are tasked with providing state and local water, wastewater, transportation, electric and other public services while confronting drought, climate change and other challenges under heightened regulatory scrutiny at the state level.
 
With one of California’s most extensive practices, Best Best & Krieger LLP provides comprehensive legal counsel services to special districts and all other types of public agencies. In fact, we have the largest full-service public agency practice in the state and a reputation as a leader in the field.

  • BB&K represents all types of special districts including:
  • Local agency formation commissions (LAFCOs)
  • Regional councils of governments
  • Water districts and agencies
  • Transportation
  • Joint powers authorities
  • Multi-species habitat conservation agencies
  • Sanitation, wastewater, community services districts
  • Fire protection, park and recreation, hospital and resource conversation districts 
  • We also advise private developers and landowners, mutual (private) water companies and privately owned entities such as wind, solar and other renewable, green and sustainable energy companies.


Comprehensive Service
All matters involving special district services, operations, administration and regulation are handled by our team. These range from district formation, service area overlap and consolidation issues, policy matters and regulatory concerns to employment and labor disputes; real estate acquisitions, development and disposition; public works projects; land use and construction issues.

We offer guidance on public agency governance, including the Ralph M. Brown Act (open meeting law), the Political Reform Act, Public Records Act requirements, conflicts of interest and other procedural matters. Agencies rely on us to advise on everything from the introduction and adoption of minute orders, resolutions and ordinances through the timing and structure of public hearings, presentations to the public, and elections.

Recognized as the foremost authority on water law, we are general and special counsel to dozens of water agencies throughout California, advising on allocating scarce water supplies, and acquiring, developing and maintaining surface and groundwater rights.

Our special counsel services include:


Additionally, we appear on behalf of clients before regulatory bodies and assert and defend their interests in courts at all levels.

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!

Learn more about BB&K's Government Relations services.

Clark Alsop

Clark Alsop

Partner

(909) 483-6641

Areas of Focus: Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Steve M. Anderson

Steve M. Anderson

Partner

(951) 826-8279

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Sigrid K. Asmundson

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2853

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Partner

(619) 525-1343

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts
Bruce Beach

Bruce Beach

Partner

(619) 525-1335

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Russell G. Behrens

Russell G. Behrens

Partner

(949) 263-6569

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Whitney Blackhurst

Whitney Blackhurst

Associate

(619) 525-1303

Areas of Focus: Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Joseph P. Byrne

Joseph P. Byrne

Partner

(213) 617-7496

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Carlos L. Campos

Carlos L. Campos

Partner

(760) 837-1602

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Rebecca Chaparro

Rebecca Chaparro

Associate

(619) 525-1310

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Anthony Chavez

Anthony Chavez

Associate

(949) 263-2615

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Mary Beth Coburn, P.E.

Mary Beth Coburn, P.E.

Partner

(619) 525-1369

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction | School Finances, Developer Fees & Mitigation | Special Districts
Janet E. Coleson

Janet E. Coleson

Partner

(925) 977-3319

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Roger K. Crawford

Roger K. Crawford

Partner

(909) 466-4918

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Piero C. Dallarda

Piero C. Dallarda

Partner

(951) 826-8338

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Special Districts
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Scott Ditfurth

Scott Ditfurth

Partner

(951) 826-8209

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Transportation
Warren B. Diven

Warren B. Diven

Partner

(619) 525-1337

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Finance
Tyree K. Dorward

Tyree K. Dorward

Partner

(619) 525-1338

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Jeffrey V. Dunn

Jeffrey V. Dunn

Partner

(949) 263-2616

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Ruben Duran

Ruben Duran

Partner

(213) 787-2569

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jeffry F. Ferre

Jeffry F. Ferre

Partner

(951) 826-8271

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
John D. Freshman

John D. Freshman

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5301

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Hazardous Waste | Water
Eric L. Garner

Eric L. Garner

Partner

(213) 787-2561

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Rights
John Gasparini

John Gasparini

Associate

(202) 370-5314

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts | Telecommunications | Transportation
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Shawn D. Hagerty

Shawn D. Hagerty

Partner

(619) 525-1327

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Quality
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
Elizabeth W. Hull

Elizabeth W. Hull

Partner

(949) 263-2608

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Lutfi Kharuf

Lutfi Kharuf

Associate

(213) 787-2550

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Public Finance | Special Districts
Deborah J. Kollars

Deborah J. Kollars

Associate

(916) 551-2823

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Armeen Komeili

Armeen Komeili

Associate

(949) 263-2617

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Arthur L. Littleworth

Arthur L. Littleworth

Partner

(951) 826-8207

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Special Districts | Water Rights
Michael J. Maurer

Michael J. Maurer

Associate

(213) 787-2557

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Partner

(916) 551-2859

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Telecommunications
HongDao Nguyen

HongDao Nguyen

Associate

(949) 263-2614

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Nicholaus W. Norvell

Nicholaus W. Norvell

Associate

(619) 525-1380

Nancy A. Park

Nancy A. Park

Partner

(916) 551-2849

Areas of Focus: Agri-Business | Business | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Finance & Banking | Municipal | Real Estate
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Glen W. Price

Glen W. Price

Partner

(951) 826-8314

Areas of Focus: Business | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Intellectual Property | Real Estate | Renewable Energy | Special Districts
Lindsay D. Puckett

Lindsay D. Puckett

Partner

(619) 525-1378

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Thomas A. Rice

Thomas A. Rice

Associate

(909) 466-4913

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards

Associate

(949) 263-2619

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Michael T. Riddell

Michael T. Riddell

Partner

(951) 826-8210

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Gregory Rodriguez

Gregory Rodriguez

Of Counsel

(202) 370-5308

Areas of Focus: Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Danielle G. Sakai

Danielle G. Sakai

Partner

(951) 826-8328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Kelly J. Salt

Kelly J. Salt

Partner

(619) 525-1375

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Finance | Special Districts | Water
Hannah Schartiger

Hannah Schartiger

Associate

(619) 525-1395

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

Partner

(951) 826-8223

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Special Districts | Water
Gary W. Schons

Gary W. Schons

Of Counsel

(619) 525-1348

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Safety | Special Districts
Ana D. Schwab

Ana D. Schwab

Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5311

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
A. Haviva Shane

A. Haviva Shane

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8289

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Transportation | Water
Ward H. Simmons

Ward H. Simmons

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8366

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Ann M. Siprelle

Ann M. Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Andrew M. Skanchy

Andrew M. Skanchy

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2854

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Gregory G. Snarr

Gregory G. Snarr

Associate

(951) 826-8202

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Districts
Krysten Steele

Krysten Steele

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6653

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Nancy G. Stubbs

Nancy G. Stubbs

Paralegal*

(909) 483-6649

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Malathy Subramanian

Malathy Subramanian

Partner

(925) 977-3303

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Gene Tanaka

Gene Tanaka

Partner

(925) 977-3301

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Water
Marc Tran

Marc Tran

Associate

(909) 466-4912

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jill Tremblay

Jill Tremblay

Associate

(760) 200-3060

Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Trusts & Estates
Dianna Marie Valdez

Dianna Marie Valdez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8252

Areas of Focus: Education | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Wendy Y. Wang

Wendy Y. Wang

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2554

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Water
Deborah A. Wordham

Deborah A. Wordham

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2542

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Natalie R. Wright

Natalie R. Wright

Paralegal*

(949) 263-6583

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Dawn M. Yandel

Dawn M. Yandel

Paralegal*

(619) 525-1330

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Special Districts
Event Nov 16, 2017

Groundwater Sustainability Plans, Prevailing Wage Requirements

CARCD's 72nd Annual Conference

Event Nov 8, 2017

Required Ethics AB1234 Compliance Training

California Special Districts Association Webinar

[WEBINAR] The Art of Reducing OPEB Liabilities
Videos Oct 19, 2017

[WEBINAR] The Art of Reducing OPEB Liabilities

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

[WEBINAR] So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community
Videos Oct 5, 2017

[WEBINAR] So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Event Sep 26-27, 2017

Growth: The Leadership Conference for Special Districts

2017 CSDA Annual Conference

Event Sep 23, 2017

Capitalizing on our Diversity

APA California Chapter Conference

Event Sep 15, 2017

Energy Consumption Analyses: Remember Appendix F

Law Seminars International

Event Sep 15, 2017

Legal and Policy Considerations of Automated Vehicles: Balancing Innovation and Regulation

The Seminar Group

Event Sep 6, 2017

Community Choice Aggregation: Soup to Nuts

Sustain OC Educational Forum

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion
Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2017

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion

Local Agencies’ Broad Authority Emphasized

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property
Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2017

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property

California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal Act

Trail Immunity Does Not Shield from Liability Simply Because an Injury Occurs on a Trail
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2017

Trail Immunity Does Not Shield from Liability Simply Because an Injury Occurs on a Trail

Appellate Court Ruling Means Less Protections for California Public Agencies

Telecommunications Law Attorney John Gasparini Joins BB&K
Press Releases Aug 11, 2017

Telecommunications Law Attorney John Gasparini Joins BB&K

Will Serve Clients from our Washington, D.C. Office

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project
Legal Alerts Aug 3, 2017

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project

California Supreme Court Decision Could Impact High-Speed Rail Project

Promoting Public and Private Sector Collaboration in a Driverless World [VIDEO]
Videos Jul 24, 2017

Promoting Public and Private Sector Collaboration in a Driverless World [VIDEO]

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Event Jul 20, 2017

Public Records Practices After the San Jose Decision

League of California Cities Webinar

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time
Client Successes Jul 19, 2017

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time

BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental Challenges

Lead Agencies Need Not (Necessarily) Consider Governor’s Executive Orders When Analyzing Emissions
Legal Alerts Jul 14, 2017

Lead Agencies Need Not (Necessarily) Consider Governor’s Executive Orders When Analyzing Emissions

California Supreme Court Finding Serves as a Key Victory for Public Agencies

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws
Legal Alerts Jul 11, 2017

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent for GC Section 1090

Property Owner Forfeited Right to Challenge Coastal Commission Permit by Constructing Seawall
Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2017

Property Owner Forfeited Right to Challenge Coastal Commission Permit by Constructing Seawall

California Supreme Court Decision Applies to Other Development Permits

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017
Press Releases Jul 7, 2017

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the Nine BB&K Attorneys on this Year’s Lists

Supreme Court Rules Trademarks are Protected by First Amendment's Free Speech Clause
Legal Alerts Jul 6, 2017

Supreme Court Rules Trademarks are Protected by First Amendment's Free Speech Clause

Trademarks Not Government Speech

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax
Legal Alerts Jul 5, 2017

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax

California Supreme Court Holds Surcharge for Franchise Rights Not Subject to Voter Approval if Reasonably Related to Value of Franchise

Event Jun 28, 2017

Promoting Public and Private Sector Collaboration in a Driverless World

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties
Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2017

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties

New California Law Takes Effect Immediately

Gregory Snarr Video Bio
Videos Jun 28, 2017

Gregory Snarr Video Bio

Associate

Event Jun 26, 2017

When LAFCO Opinions Collide

Exploring the Unique Perspectives of LAFCO Commissioners, Legal Counsel and Staff

Event Jun 26, 2017

Crisis Mode: Practical Advice for Special District Leaders for Handling Board Disputes

CSDA's 2017 General Manager Leadership Summit

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court
Client Successes Jun 22, 2017

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court

BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies Confirming Authority for Taxation

BB&K In the News Jun 22, 2017

Calif. County Tax On Leased Tribal Lands Gets Judge's OK

Law360 Interviews Partner Rod Walston on Ruling

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2017

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations

Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

Event Jun 21, 2017

CEQA Attorney's Perspective

ITE & AEP Workshop

Event Jun 19, 2017

CalPERS Pension Liabilities: Trends, Budget Considerations, and Planning for the Future

Webinar with KPMG Advisory Institute

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge
Legal Alerts Jun 19, 2017

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge

California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to Prop. 218 Without Public Protest

Arthur Littleworth Receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from La Sierra University
Press Releases Jun 19, 2017

Arthur Littleworth Receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from La Sierra University

BB&K Partner Recognized for Contributions to Riverside School Integration

Event Jun 15, 2017

Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District In Lieu Fee Program

CLE International's 4th Annual California Wetlands Conference

Event Jun 14, 2017

Local Government Response to Public Record Requests

Strafford Webinar

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches
Legal Alerts Jun 14, 2017

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches

JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

Event Jun 12-13, 2017

Coping with Drought, Floods and the New Federal Administration

Argent's 2017 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference

Scott Ditfurth Video Bio
Videos Jun 8, 2017

Scott Ditfurth Video Bio

Partner

Event Jun 7, 2017

Transportation Technologies

25th Annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference

Five BB&K Attorneys Included on Palm Springs Life 2017 Top Lawyer List
Press Releases Jun 7, 2017

Five BB&K Attorneys Included on Palm Springs Life 2017 Top Lawyer List

Coachella Valley’s Best Lawyers Recognized in Magazine’s Annual List

Event Jun 7, 2017

Ridesharing, Commercial Drones, Automated Vehicles and Other Emerging Technologies

myLawCLE.com Webinar

Event Jun 2, 2017

Law Enforcement Use of Force & Liability Conference

The State Bar of California Public Law Section

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County
Client Successes Jun 1, 2017

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County

BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project Dispute

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes
Legal Alerts May 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes

Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services” for New Development Remains

Event May 25, 2017

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Impact and Issues

New York City Bar

Partners Michelle Ouellette and Kelly Salt Named Top Women Lawyers
Press Releases May 25, 2017

Partners Michelle Ouellette and Kelly Salt Named Top Women Lawyers

Daily Journal’s Annual List of California’s Best Female Attorneys

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention
Legal Alerts May 22, 2017

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention

Fee Imposition Will Begin This Summer

Event May 19, 2017

The Public Records Act and Private Emails

The State Bar of California Public Law Section

Event May 18-21, 2017

AEP 2017: Bridging the Gap

California State Conference

Event May 18, 2017

Groundwater Sustainability Plans: Potential Challenges And Solutions

The American Ground Water Trust Conference

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC
Legal Alerts May 17, 2017

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC

Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

Haviva Shane Video Bio
Videos May 9, 2017

Haviva Shane Video Bio

Of Counsel

Event May 9-12, 2017

One Water, One Future

ACWA's 2017 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water
Legal Alerts May 8, 2017

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water

State Water Resources Control Board Held Public Hearing

Event May 8, 2017

Proactive Planning for Driverless/Shared Mobility

APA National Planning Conference

Event May 5, 2017

Applying P3s to Stormwater

P3 Water Summit

Event May 5, 2017

Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Event May 4, 2017

Medical & Recreational Marijuana in California

County Counsels’ Association of California

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

Who’s Calling the Shots on Autonomous Vehicles?
BB&K In the News Apr 26, 2017

Who’s Calling the Shots on Autonomous Vehicles?

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Discusses Municipalities’ Relationships with Driverless Cars with CityLab

Event Apr 25, 2017

25th Annual Valuation Seminar

IRWA Los Angeles Chapter 1

Event Apr 25, 2017

Water Laws and Regulations

HalfMoon Education Seminars

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40
Press Releases Apr 20, 2017

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40

Annual List Lauds Young Professionals in the Community

Event Apr 20, 2017

2017 Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter

Event Apr 12, 2017

Structuring Conservation-Based Rates Under Current California Law

CA-NV AWWA's 2017 Spring Conference

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released
Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2017

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released

Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services
Legal Alerts Apr 10, 2017

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services

California Appellate Court Finds Constitutional Mandate Supersedes Statutory Exemption

Event Apr 6-7, 2017

Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Madness

California Water Policy Conference

Event Apr 4, 2017

Anatomy of an Appraiser's Deposition

3rd Annual IRWA Chapter 57 and SCCAI Joint Luncheon and Program

State Route 91 Express Lanes
Client Successes Mar 29, 2017

State Route 91 Express Lanes

BB&K Helped RCTC Pave the Way

Event Mar 27-28, 2017

An Ocean of Information

SEATOA'S 2017 Annual Broadband & PEG Conference

Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

Sacramento Business Journal Again Ranks BB&K as a Top Litigation Firm

Based on Number of Attorneys

Event Mar 22, 2017

Implementing Public Works Projects through EIFDs & CRIAs

LCC Public Works Officers Institute

Event Mar 15, 2017

Proposition 26, Proposition 218 and Rate Setting (Oakland)

California Special Districts Association

BB&K Environmental Team Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award
Press Releases Mar 15, 2017

BB&K Environmental Team Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

Congratulations to Michelle Ouellette, Sarah Owsowitz and Jennifer Lynch

Event Mar 15, 2017

Getting Energized for Automated Vehicles

International Municipal Lawyers Association Webinar

Event Mar 14-16, 2017

Local Arrangements to Manage Groundwater Demand and Lessons for WB Operations

World Bank Water Week 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes
Legal Alerts Mar 9, 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

Event Mar 9-10, 2017

Successes and Challenges in Groundwater Governance in California

World Bank Water Global Practice Group / Center for Mediterranean Integration

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails
Videos Mar 8, 2017

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

BB&K Event Mar 8, 2017

Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act
Legal Alerts Mar 2, 2017

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

State Supreme Court Opinion Impacts Public Agencies

Driverless Car Technology Speeds Along
BB&K In the News Mar 2, 2017

Driverless Car Technology Speeds Along

Sustainable City Network Discusses Autonomous Vehicles with BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead
Legal Alerts Feb 23, 2017

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

State Water Resources Control Board Amends Domestic Water Supply Permit

Event Feb 23, 2017

Proposition 26, Proposition 218 and Rate Setting (Vista)

California Special Districts Association

Event Feb 22, 2017

Who Does What? Best Practices in Board/Staff Relations

California Special Districts Association Webinar

Partner Joseph Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission
BB&K In the News Feb 22, 2017

Partner Joseph Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission

Gov. Brown Appoints Byrne for Third Term

Client Successes Feb 8, 2017

BB&K Represents Water District in Historic Indian Water Rights Settlement

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian Water Rights Settlement Act

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*
Legal Alerts Feb 2, 2017

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

Written Comments Due in Five Days

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies
Videos Feb 2, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies

Third in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

Press Releases Feb 1, 2017

BB&K Again a Top Sacramento Law Firm

Sacramento Business Journal’s 2017 Law Firm List

Event Jan 27, 2017

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law Update

UCLA Extension's 31st Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution
Videos Jan 26, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution

Second in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

WOTUS Rule on Hold in Sixth Circuit
Legal Alerts Jan 25, 2017

WOTUS Rule on Hold in Sixth Circuit

Challenge to Waters of the U.S. Rule Delayed Pending Supreme Court Review

Event Jan 24-27, 2017

Doing Business with Government Agencies

CAPPO Conference and Supplier Exposition

[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

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

Waters of the U.S. Rule to Go to Supreme Court

Nation’s High Court Agreed to Hear Challenges to Controversial Rule

Event Jan 12, 2017

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (Oakland)

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Taxing Marijuana Businesses
Videos Jan 12, 2017

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Taxing Marijuana Businesses

Third Webinar Jan. 12: Taxing Marijuana Businesses - Local Gov’t Authority, Limits and Possible Implications

Event Jan 11, 2017

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (Sacramento)

Press Releases Jan 3, 2017

BB&K Promotes Joshua Nelson to Partner

Partnership Also Elects New Member to Firm’s Executive Committee

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure
Legal Alerts Dec 29, 2016

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure

The California Supreme Court Tackles Public Records vs. Attorney-Client Privilege

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”
Legal Alerts Dec 9, 2016

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio
Videos Dec 5, 2016

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio

Partner

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates
BB&K In the News Dec 2, 2016

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates

Rates Comply with Law, BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Tells East Bay Times

Claims Resolution Procedure Changes
Legal Alerts Dec 2, 2016

Claims Resolution Procedure Changes

Public Works Contract Disputes Impacted by New California Law

Draft Plan Released to Establish Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Throughout California
Legal Alerts Dec 2, 2016

Draft Plan Released to Establish Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Throughout California

Public Comments Accepted Until Dec. 19

[WEBINAR] Prop 64: The Basics
Videos Dec 1, 2016

[WEBINAR] Prop 64: The Basics

Cultivating New Regulations and Confronting New Challenges Presented By Marijuana Legalization

BB&K Event Nov 30, 2016

Free BB&K Webinar Series: Prop. 64 - Legalized Marijuana: Challenges and Choices

First in Series on Prop. 64: The Basics - Cultivating New Regulations and Confronting New Challenges Presented by Marijuana Legalization

Deborah Wordham Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Deborah Wordham Video Bio

Of Counsel

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio

Partner

Event Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016

Bringing Water Together

ACWA's 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Joseph Byrne Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Joseph Byrne Video Bio

Partner

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio

Partner

Steve M. Anderson Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Steve M. Anderson Video Bio

Partner

Eric L. Garner Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Eric L. Garner Video Bio

Managing Partner

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

Partner

Drought Policies, Price of Water Lands in Court
BB&K In the News Nov 17, 2016

Drought Policies, Price of Water Lands in Court

Hillsborough, Represented by BB&K Attorney Kimberly Hood, Faces Suit from Residents

Event Nov 17, 2016

Webinar: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 2.0: 2 Years To 2020/2022

State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section

Event Nov 16-19, 2016

Urban and Rural: Tying the Partnership Together

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
Legal Alerts Nov 15, 2016

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies

Mills Takes Over as FPUD Legal Counsel
BB&K In the News Nov 11, 2016

Mills Takes Over as FPUD Legal Counsel

Partner Paula de Sousa Mills Appointed New General Counsel of Fallbrook Public Utility District

New Laws of 2017 Series Part I: Parcel Taxes and Property Related Fees
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 8, 2016

New Laws of 2017 Series Part I: Parcel Taxes and Property Related Fees

CSDA Series Kicks Off With Analysis by BB&K Attorney Lutfi Kharuf

Event Oct 28, 2016

LAFCo and State Legislative Overrides -- What’s That All About Anyway?

CALAFCO 2016 Annual Conference

BB&K’s Reimagining the Cadillac Desert
BB&K In the News Oct 27, 2016

BB&K’s Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Maven’s Notebook Shares Highlights from Water Event

In Yorba Linda, the Race for Water District Board is Getting Ugly
BB&K In the News Oct 26, 2016

In Yorba Linda, the Race for Water District Board is Getting Ugly

KPCC Interviews BB&K Partner Kelly Salt on Water Agency Issues

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”
Legal Alerts Oct 24, 2016

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982

Event Oct 20-21, 2016

Timing is Everything - When CEQA Review is Required for County Actions

Public Works and Contracts Fall 2016 Study Section Conference

New California Legislation Targets Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation
Legal Alerts Oct 19, 2016

New California Legislation Targets Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

SB 7, Which Goes Into Effect Jan. 1, 2018, May Require Individual Unit Water Measurement

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2016

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services

Failure to File may Preclude JPAs from Issuing Bonds or Incurring Indebtedness

Event Oct 10-13, 2016

California Special Districts Association

Annual Conference

Event Oct 6, 2016

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc.

Press Releases Oct 5, 2016

Two BB&K Partners Named Among 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego

Partners Warren B. Diven and Shawn D. Hagerty Recognized by The Daily Transcript

Event Sep 29, 2016

Agua Caliente v. Coachella Valley Water District, et al.

Tribal Water Law's 5th Annual Conference

Event Sep 28, 2016

Practical Approaches for Defensible Cumulative Impacts Analyses Under CEQA

Association of Environmental Professionals - San Francisco Chapter

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees
Legal Alerts Sep 22, 2016

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees

Public Agencies Must Comply Beginning Jan. 1

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies

Event Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Workshops

California Special Districts Association

BB&K Partner Jeffrey V. Dunn Named One of the Top 100 Lawyers in California
Press Releases Sep 21, 2016

BB&K Partner Jeffrey V. Dunn Named One of the Top 100 Lawyers in California

Resolutions in Two Major Water Rights Matters Cited by the Daily Journal

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA

60-Day Comment Period Provides Important Chance to Have Local Voices Heard

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Event Sep 17, 2016

Corruption-McDonnell Decision

California Political Attorneys Association Annual Retreat

The Forever Drought
Videos Sep 15, 2016

The Forever Drought

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert: Welcome and Opening Remarks

BB&K's Eric Garner Kicks Off Event

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Where Will Water Come From?
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Where Will Water Come From?

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Water and Technology
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Water and Technology

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert
BB&K Event Sep 15, 2016

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

BB&K's Inaugural Premier Event

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations
Legal Alerts Sep 14, 2016

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations

Annual Reports Filed with the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission Must Include Additional Information

BB&K Event Sep 13, 2016

Roadmap to Groundwater Sustainability Workshop

A Guide to SGMA Compliance

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2016

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors

Tiered Water Rates and Surcharges Among Tools Agencies Can Use During Water Shortages

Event Sep 8, 2016

Effective Oral Argument in the Court of Appeal

Orange County Bar Association Appellate Court Committee

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2016

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs

Funding Sources Potentially Impacted for Cities and Counties

Sweeping Six-Case Win For Water District Helps Secure Orange County’s Water Supply
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 24, 2016

Sweeping Six-Case Win For Water District Helps Secure Orange County’s Water Supply

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Authors a Summary of Recent Appellate Victory for Orange County Lawyer Magazine

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit
Legal Alerts Aug 22, 2016

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit

California Appellate Court Finds Contract Void Under Government Code Section 1090

Event Aug 19, 2016

Are We There Yet? Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transportation

Maryland Assocation of Counties Summer Conference

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited
Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2016

Air Quality District’s CEQA Thresholds Limited

California Appellate Court Weighs in Following State Supreme Court Decision

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes
Legal Alerts Aug 11, 2016

Appellate Court “SLAPP”s Residents in Culver City Upset Over Parking Restriction Changes

City Did Not Violate Brown Act

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions
Legal Alerts Aug 10, 2016

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed

California State Water Board Extends Public Comment Period for Wetlands Policy; New Permits Likely to be Required
Legal Alerts Jul 27, 2016

California State Water Board Extends Public Comment Period for Wetlands Policy; New Permits Likely to be Required

Public Comments Due Aug.18

Client Successes Jul 26, 2016

California Supreme Court Sides with Public Agencies on Precondemnation Access Issue

BB&K Partner Kendall MacVey Filed Amicus Curiae Brief

California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations
Legal Alerts Jul 20, 2016

California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations

Public Comments Due July 29th

Event Jul 14, 2016

Detecting and Preventing Fraud in Government

Orange County Fraud Seminar

Client Successes Jul 14, 2016

Appellate Court Again Sides with BB&K Client in Groundwater Rights Dispute

City of Santa Maria’s Groundwater Rights Upheld

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 29, 2016

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Co-Authors a Look at Data Use by Local Government in The State Bar of California Public Law Section’ Public Law Journal

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable for Prosecution for Misuse of Public Funds
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable