Feb 23, 2017 Business & Facilities

County Boards of Education Lack Authority to Issue Zoning Exemptions for Charter School Facilities

Rocketship Education (“Rocketship”) is a network of elementary charter schools in Santa Clara County that targets low-income students and students below basic proficiency on state exams.  Rocketship is overseen by the Santa Clara County Board of Education.  The Board has issued Rocketship a countywide charter to operate up to 25 charter schools.  Rocketship proposed to locate one of its charter schools on certain property owned by the City of San Jose.  The City’s General Plan and the City’s zoning ordinance did not permit the use of the property as a school site.  The property is located within the San Jose Unified School District (“District”).

Feb 21, 2017 Blog Posts
Are You Ready for Upcoming Negotiations? – Know Your Contract Costs

Are You Ready for Upcoming Negotiations? – Know Your Contract Costs

Feb 14, 2017 Blog Posts
Are They Ever Coming Back? - Taking a Proactive Approach to Leave Management and Employees who are on Long-Term Leaves of Absence

Are They Ever Coming Back? - Taking a Proactive Approach to Leave Management and Employees who are on Long-Term Leaves of Absence

Feb 10, 2017 Client Update

Employee’s Termination Soon After Her Verbal Request for Leave Supported Retaliation Claim

Leticia Bareno was disciplined by her employer, the San Diego Miramar College, in 2013 for various issues related to absences and inefficiency.  Thereafter, Bareno requested and was granted medical leave based on the medical certification she provided.   Bareno then emailed her supervisor a recertification of her need for additional leave.  The College claimed that the supervisor did not receive Bareno’s email.

Feb 10, 2017 Client Update

Pitchess Discovery Is Not Limited to the Personnel Records of Officers Who Either Witnessed or Committed Misconduct

Robert Riske worked as a City of Los Angeles police officer from 1990 until he retired in 2014. In 2008, Riske reported misconduct by his fellow officers and testified against them at an administrative hearing.  Some of Riske’s colleagues thereafter viewed him as a “snitch”, refused to work with him, and ignored him in the field.  In a concerted effort to get more favorable working conditions, Riske applied for promotion from police officer to 14 different detective positions.  Each time, the Police Department awarded the position to an applicant who Riske viewed as less experienced or less qualified. Riske sued the Department for violation of Labor Code section 1102.5, alleging that he was retaliated against for engaging in protected activity.

Feb 10, 2017 Client Update

Attorney Billing Statements in Active and Pending Matters Are Privileged and Need Not Be Disclosed

The California Supreme Court reviewed whether invoices for attorney work on pending litigation sent to the County of Los Angeles (County) are protected by attorney-client privilege and exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act (PRA; Gov. Code, section 6250 et seq.).