Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger has been named in the 2024 Best Law Firms® rankings by Best Lawyers, in several different categories. The firm has been named a highly prestigious National Tier 1 Best Law Firm in Land Use and Zoning Law. SMW was also named a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm in San Francisco in Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Environmental Litigation, and Land Use & Zoning Litigation. View...
Following up on the October 2019 and February 2020 editions of In the Public Interest, this article provides an update regarding strategies proposed by several cities and counties to encourage or require existing buildings to go all-electric.
A statewide initiative seeking to further restrict the ability of state and local governments to raise public funds through fees and taxes is ready to appear on the November 2024 ballot. Given the potential dire consequences of this measure, many local governments are taking actions now to address it.
California Building Standards Commission adopts updates to electric vehicle charging requirements for new multifamily buildings
Since we first wrote about the latest Energy Code and energy-related CALGreen updates that went into effect statewide in January 2023, some additional important updates have been made to CALGreen. Following this regular triannual update, the California Building Standards Commission recently...
Procurement processes are essential to the proper administration of government agencies, ensuring they acquire goods and services efficiently and cost-effectively. This article explores essential tips for California government agencies dealing with bid protests in competitively bid public works projects, offering guidance on how to navigate the intricacies of the process.
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From the deadly conflagration in Hawaii to the toxic smoke blanketing the East Coast, this year’s wildland fires have driven home the reality that wildfires are a huge and growing threat. In response to this national crisis, in 2021 President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law created the federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission, which has just released its final report.
Climate Action Plans are critical to addressing climate change, but many are overdue for an update. With new comprehensive guidance from the California Air Resources Board, there’s no time like the present.
Public agencies across the nation have spent the last few years re-examining policing and public safety models. SMW client City of Half Moon Bay is prioritizing improving mental health services as a key feature of its policing reform efforts. The city's mobile mental health response program, Crisis Assistance Response and Evaluation Services (CARES), provides an alternative response to mental health-related 911 calls...
The Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act may encourage local governments to ban certain single-use packaging and plastic food service ware materials before January 2024 to avoid its collection requirement.
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is seeking to hire an Associate Attorney to support its renewable energy practice. The firm is located in San Francisco, although candidates wishing to work remotely full-time from other locations will be considered.
This year’s Lawdragon News list of the “Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law” includes 12 Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger attorneys. They were selected through nominations, journalistic reporting, and vetting by a board of peers.
Kevin P. Bundy, Ellison Folk, Tamara S. Galanter, Ellen J. Garber, Winter King, Robert “Perl” Perlmutter, Gabriel M. B. Ross, Andrew W. Schwartz, Sky C. Stanfield, Richard Taylor, William J....
Under the Brown Act, legislative bodies must conduct their business in open, public, and noticed meetings. Before COVID-19, decisionmakers, staff, and the public almost always attended meetings in person. Infrequently, public agencies invoked a narrow provision of the Brown Act to allow one or more members to “teleconference” into a meeting from a remote location, provided that the public was given notice and could attend...
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