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Governor Further Relaxes Brown Act Meeting Requirements

On March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom issued another executive order designed to further relax Brown Act meeting requirements to implement social distancing in response to COVID-19. Among other changes, Executive Order N-29-20 suspends the requirement that local agencies must provide a location for members of the public to comment in-person. Local agencies must still enable … Continue Reading »

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New Executive Order Enhances Government’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19

Today, March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order further enhancing state and local governments’ ability to respond to COVID-19. Of particular interest to water districts and other public agencies, paragraph 11 of the executive order relaxes certain requirements under the Brown Act and Bagley-Keene Act, to allow state and local legislative bodies to … Continue Reading »

Public Review Period: Ag Order 4.0 and Draft EIR

UPDATE: In light of COVID-19, the comment period for Ag Order 4.0 has been extended until June 20, 2020. WHAT The public review period is currently open for California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region’s (Central Coast Water Board) Draft Agricultural Order for Discharges to Irrigated Lands (Ag Order 4.0) and accompanying Draft … Continue Reading »

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Industrial Facilities May Be Denied Business Permits Without Proof of Storm Water Coverage

California regulates storm water discharges from industrial facilities under the federal Clean Water Act through its Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP). A facility obtains coverage by filing notice of its intent to comply with the IGP with the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”). The IGP identifies which industrial facilities need to comply … Continue Reading »

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Demystifying Cannabis Regulations in Santa Barbara County

This article was written by Amy Steinfeld and Jack Ucciferri and originally published by the Santa Barbara County Bar Association Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine on January 6, 2020. Cannabis—whether you support or oppose it, you certainly can’t avoid this topic. But due to the patchwork of local regulations and its status as a Schedule I … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 4 | December 2019

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly production of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication provides quick, useful bites of CEQA news, which we hope can be a resource to your real-time business decisions. That said, it is not and cannot be construed to be legal advice. Enjoy! Orville Dam: Another … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 3 | October 2019

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly production of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication provides quick, useful bites of CEQA news, which we hope can be a resource to your real-time business decisions. That said, it is not and cannot be construed to be legal advice. Enjoy! Last … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 2 | August 2019

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly production of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication provides quick, useful bites of CEQA news, which we hope can be a resource to your real-time business decisions. That said, it is not and cannot be construed to be legal advice. Enjoy! What … Continue Reading »

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Cadiz and Glasshouse Farms form SoCal Hemp Co: Potential to become California’s largest vertically integrated commercial hemp operation

  As highlighted in the recent article, Cadiz Inc.: First NASDAQ-Listed U.S. Company to Enter Joint Venture to Bring Hemp and Hemp-Derived Products to Market to Meet Growing B2B and B2C Market Demands, the joint venture between Glass House Farms and Cadiz was established to bring hemp and hemp-derived products to market at a commercial scale, … Continue Reading »

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Sea Level Rise & Wastewater Infrastructure: Current California Guidance and Strategies

This article addresses the impact of sea level rise to coastal wastewater infrastructure, existing guidance, as well as the need for integrated management efforts to meet the challenges ahead. It was written by Kimberly Leefatt and originally published by The Water Report on July 15, 2019, Issue #185.  As with most climate change initiatives, California is … Continue Reading »