As most of us know, the primary purpose of the Brown Act (codified in Government Code 54950 et seq.) is to provide that all meetings of a legislative body of a local agency are open and accessible to the public so that the public can attend and participate.
Municipal code enforcement is only as effective as an enforcement officer’s investigation. Because not all potential code violations can be investigated from the public right of way, code enforcement investigations may require access to enclosed or shielded areas of private property.
Deep in the Coachella Valley, the City of Indio is a desert community that faces the distinct challenge of managing the risk of extreme heat during the summer months. “When it comes to the summer heat, we have to be very careful,” said City Manager Mark Scott, appointed to service in December 2017.
On December 16, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision. A copy of the order can be found here. As such, the Ninth Circuit’s decision remains in effect. The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) encourages cities and municipalities to review the advice at the end of this post.
The City of Paramount, a California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) member agency, is recognized as a model local government for its proactive response to recent quality of life challenges affecting its residents.
My practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, land use, police services, and zoning and planning laws. All of these areas are linked with improving community standards and enforcing local codes and state laws that are applicable to local codes.