Damage claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 – and really any personal injury claims — are broken down into two categories: economic and noneconomic damages. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium are commonly sought in large numbers as noneconomic damages to enhance a plaintiff’s out-of-pocket damages. Prior to 1986, a plaintiff could

CHW’s quarterly newsletter on public law topics is out. You can see it here.

This issue has articles on:

  • A new ruling of the Federal Communications Commission further expanding federal preemption of local regulation of cell tower and other communications infrastructure;
  • A new decision of the Court of Appeal extending time to sue under

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.

Bragg’s connection

As a general rule, one who requests government records under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) pays only duplication costs, not such other costs as those to withhold (“redact”) material exempt from disclosure. However, another CPRA provision specific to electronic records (Gov. Code § 6253.9(b)(2)) says requesters must pay for “data compilation, extraction,

The November 2020 statewide election will bring the usual host of ballot measures. Given the high turnout expected in a Presidential year, this year’s ballot has attracted significant measures. In addition to the fight between app-based businesses and labor over AB 5’s new definition of “employees” entitled to wage and benefit protections and the bail

CH&W is launching this blog to allow us to engage California’s local government community in a more timely and interactive way. We will not stop publishing our quarterly newsletter (you can subscribe to that here: www.chwlaw.us for either U.S. Mail or email deliveryWe will also continue to send periodic electronic “bulletin” editions