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    Burke Williams & Sorensen and Wulfsberg Reese & Colvig are pleased to announce their merger.  Effective September 1, the combination adds to Burke the Wulfsberg firm’s nationally-recognized major construction litigation and counseling practice, together with its broad experience in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, and trials.  Expanding its Oakland office to more than thirty lawyers, Burke will now have over 100 attorneys, with offices in nine locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Marin County, Palm Desert, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, and Ventura County. Read More
  • California Supreme Court Issues Key CEQA Decision in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley Read More
  • February 2015 Prison Break - Correctional Liability Update
    Body Cameras for Custody Officers?
    No Valentine's Day Wedding for Charles Manson and His Fiancee
    Settling Up the Cost of Incarceration
    Record Year for Wrongful Death Civil Rights Settlements Read More
  • Revised Department of Finance Budget Trailer Bill Addresses Redevelopment Dissolution Read More
  • Department of Finance Publishes Budget Trailer Bill Language Addressing Redevelopment Dissolution
    The California Department of Finance (“Department”) has published proposed budget trailer bill language addressing the redevelopment agency dissolution process. In a recent webinar, the Department characterized the forthcoming legislation as an attempt to simplify the dissolution process and clarify existing law. However, although some of the proposed provisions would streamline successor agency operations and facilitate their wind-down, there are a number of terms that would negatively affect successor agencies, their sponsoring jurisdictions, and the availability of financing for affordable housing and oversight board-approved economic development and public improvement projects. The proposed legislation undermines many of the incentives that AB 1484 provided for compliance with the Due Diligence Review process. Furthermore, if enacted, the proposed legislation would effectively abrogate several recent court rulings that are favorable to cities and successor agencies.< Read More