1. August 9, 2017

    “Vision for Success” Identifies Challenges, Sets Ambitious Goals for California Community Colleges

    BY: Michele Landenberger, Sharon Ormond, Warren Kinsler

    Identifying a need “to step up the pace of improvement” within the California Community College (CCC) system, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley recently announced the CCC Board of Governors’ adoption of a strategic vision, set forth in a new report titled “Vision for Success.” The report articulates various goals and commitments intended to overcome the challenges […] more

  2. October 11, 2016

    FPPC Increases Gift Limit for Calendar Years 2017 and 2018 to $470

    BY: Cathie Fields, Warren Kinsler

    The Political Reform Act imposes limits on gifts and payments received by local elected officers and designated employees of local government agencies—individuals who are required to file statements of economic interests (aka Form 700) under a local agency’s conflict of interest code. A “gift” is a payment or other benefit that confers a personal benefit […] more

  3. February 1, 2016

    Immediate Action May Be Required: Is Your Roster Of Public Agencies Statement Of Facts Up To Date?

    BY: Warren Kinsler, Cathie Fields, Lisa Allred

    California Government Code section 53051 requires the Secretary of State to maintain an indexed “Roster of Public Agencies” including the full legal name and mailing address of every public agency in the state and the name and address of each member of the agency’s governing body. Likewise, section 53051 requires each public agency to file […] more

  4. July 7, 2014

    Proposition 42 and the Death of Mandated Cost Reimbursement

    BY: Cathie Fields, Warren Kinsler

    In 1979, California voters added section 6 to Article 13B of the State Constitution, which specifies that if the state imposes any “new program or higher level of service” on any local government (including a school district), the state must reimburse the locality for the costs of the program or increased level of service. (Clovis […] more

  5. June 10, 2013

    Governor’s Budget Proposal Jeopardizes School Districts’ Ability to Recoup Mandated Costs for Responding to Public Records Requests Seeking Electronically-Stored Records

    BY: Warren Kinsler

    The California Public Records Act (CPRA) provides for the disclosure of public records kept by the state, local agencies, school districts and community college districts, and county offices of education. On April 19, 2013, the Commission on State Mandates (Commission) adopted a statement of decision and parameters and guidelines regarding state-mandated reimbursement for certain costs […] more