In October, a panel of the California Court of Appeals decided a challenge to some amendments to the San Francisco Administrative Code and rendered a decision that California local governments will find troubling. And given California’s influence in land use matters and the nationwide search for solutions to the homelessness problem, this ruling’s implications may ... … [Read more...] about OP-ED: California takings decision unnerves local governments
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest What is the impact when local government listens to you? People like Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker or Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits know the impact when communication flows to, from constituents. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Ellen Ciurczak, American Staff Writer Published 1:35 p.m. CT May 17, 2018 | Updated 7:45 a.m. CT May 18, 2018 CLOSE Mayor Toby Barker on the many ways to communicate with constituents and increase civic engagement Ellen Ciurczak/Hattiesburg American CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN … [Read more...] about What is the impact when local government listens to you?
By Sal Rodriguez | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: April 25, 2018 at 9:18 pm | UPDATED: April 25, 2018 at 9:21 pm Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. In recent weeks, cities and counties across the state have been going out of their way to oppose California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law, Senate Bill 54, which was signed into law last year. The law was heavily hyped last year by state leaders as an act of defiance against the Trump administration and a defense of illegal immigrants. Consequently, opponents of the law, particularly Trump supporters, have denounced the law as putting the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of public safety and lawful residents and citizens. Stepping back and looking at what the law actually does, I’m not sure what the big deal is. It does less than opponents seem to think. And what it does do makes … [Read more...] about Local governments should stick to governing, not grandstanding against ‘sanctuary’ policies
While recognizing that the drafters of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) had, in passing this law, spoken eloquently of the need for gender-based pay equality, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently observed that their legislative goal remains unfulfilled. Specifically, in its April 2018 en banc decision in Rizo v. Yovino, the Ninth Circuit lamented that “[s]alaries speak louder than words … Although the [EPA] has prohibited sex-based wage discrimination for more than fifty years, the financial exploitation of working women embodied by the gender pay gap continues to be an embarrassing reality of our economy.” In particular, despite the long-standing prohibitions on sex-based wage discrimination codified in both the EPA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the United States today continue to be paid, on average, only about 80% of what men receive for similar work. In seeking to stamp out this persistent disparity, increasingly, state … [Read more...] about State Legislatures, Local Governments and Courts Attack Employer Use of Salary History
In this photo from Feb. 2, 2017, a city block is seen in downtown Beatrice, in Gage County, Neb. When six people went to prison for the 1985 rape and murder of a 68-year-old Nebraska woman, county officials figured they had put the gruesome high-profile case behind them. But after DNA evidence exonerated all six of the accused in 2008, the rural farming county just south of Lincoln found itself facing a new problem, a $28 million federal judgment that could force officials to file for bankruptcy. © Nati Harnik/The Associated Press A small rural county in southeast Nebraska might have to declare bankruptcy, not because of mismanagement or high labor costs but because of an unexpected legal judgment that the county government cannot pay. Gage County on the Nebraska-Kansas border could be the next local government in the nation to file for bankruptcy protection after a federal jury awarded $28.1 million in damages plus attorneys’ fees last July to six people wrongly convicted … [Read more...] about Legal Judgments Can Add to Local Government Distress