Last week, The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved moving forward with study of a “vacancy tax” it might add to the November 2020 ballot. The Los Angeles vacancy tax would likely be modeled after Oakland’s Measure W — which voters approved in 2018 by a 70%–30% margin, meeting Proposition 218’s two-thirds threshold for special
Ryan Thomas Dunn
Senior counsel in Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley's litigation practice group. My practice covers a full range of litigation matters for public entities, including disputes over public revenues, election disputes, land use issues, general commercial litigation, and related appeals. I use my deep knowledge of California civil procedure to efficiently defend public entities in litigation and resolve disputes cost-effectively.
Specialties: Local government revenues, appellate law, election law, land use litigation, Public Records Act litigation, utilities and franchise law.
A Fort by any other name?
The City Council in Fort Bragg, in Mendocino County, will soon consider whether to propose a November ballot measure to change its name. The city’s name honors Braxton Bragg, who became a Confederate Army general after lending his name to a military base that would become the City of Fort Bragg.
Remember the validation statutes!
The “validation statutes,” Code of Civil Procedure sections 860 to 870.5, are a powerful tool public agencies (and the plaintiffs that sue them) might overlook when defending challenges to legislative acts. They provide a short statute of limitations — 60 days — and allow agencies to sue for a court ruling validating an action,…