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California Local Government Law. Representing cities, special districts, and other local governments in California since 2011. Matt’s practice covers the full range of public law issues, including land use, elections, conflicts of interest, open meetings and public records, public works and public contracting, labor and employment, post-redevelopment advice and litigation, cannabis regulation and enforcement, telecommunications and cell towers regulations, public agency litigation, and the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).

The Legislature continues its efforts to increase the state’s housing supply, regardless of local land use policies and priorities. Senate Bill 9, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, will require cities to approve by right through ministerial action up to four units on existing single-family parcels.  Senate Bill 9 has passed the

The Court of Appeal recently affirmed, in North Murrieta Community, LLC v. City of Murrieta, that developers can be held to pay additional impact fees, despite holding a vesting tentative tract map, if a subsequent development agreement allowed for such fees. In 1999, the City of Murrieta approved a vesting tentative map for a

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted, on a divided, party-line vote, a new Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that expands wireless telecommunications carriers rights under federal law to install and expand cell towers and related wireless facilities. The FCC adopted this ruling to, in its own words, “facilitate