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  • Title: Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC Attorneys serving California
    Descriptive info: .. Colantuono, Highsmith Whatley, PC.. Welcome.. About Us.. Firm Profile.. Practice Areas.. Appellate Representation.. Significant Appellate Representations.. Michael G.. Colantuono.. Holly O.. Whatley.. Cities Counties.. Complex Litigation.. Constitutional Issues.. Elections.. Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation.. Labor Employment.. Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos).. Post-Redevelopment Affordable Housing.. Public Revenues Rate-Making.. Special Districts Other Special-Purpose Agencies.. Clients.. Awards Recognitions.. Speaking Engagements.. Positions.. Attorneys.. Resources.. Cases.. Alhambra and 46 Other Cities v.. LA County.. Bellflower, et al.. v.. Matosantos, et al.. Bonander v.. Town of Tiburon.. City of Hayward v.. CSU Trustees.. Citizens for Responsible Open Space v.. San Mateo Cnty LAFCO.. Concerned Citizens for Responsible Gvnt v.. West Point Fire District.. Edgerly v.. City of Oakland.. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc.. City of Livingston.. Greene v.. Marin County Flood Control and Water Consrvn Dist.. Homebuilders Ass n  ...   Agencies.. Papers.. Finance and Rate-making.. General Municipal.. Intellectual Property.. Labor and Employment.. LAFCO.. Land Use and CEQA.. Newsletters.. In the News.. Contact Us.. Representing local governments throughout California.. In the News by Category.. Client News.. Staff Updates.. Updates for CHW Law.. Welcome, Pamela Graham!.. Pamela Graham joins CH W as Senior Counsel in our Los Angeles office and is a member of our litigation practice.. Welcome, Charlie LaPlante!.. Charlie LaPlante joins CH W as Senior Counsel in our Los Angeles office and as a member of our litigation practice.. Colantuono Certified as Appellate Specialist.. The California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization has designated Michael G.. Colantuono as a Certified Appellate Specialist.. The certification.. About the Photo: Mt Whitney ©2014 Charles P.. Farmer.. Copyright 2014.. - All Rights Reserved.. Conditions of Use.. Privacy Policy..

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  • Title: About Mt Whitney Photo by Charles Farmer | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: About Mt Whitney Photo.. © 2014 Charles P.. Mount Whitney, Lone Pine, CA from the Alabama Hills Hwy 395.. Image taken with 4 5 film and a 4 5 Wisner Field Camera.. Photographer Charles Chuck Farmer.. A large format photographer of the inner landscape, Charles “Chuck” Farmer was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1947.. He grew up in Platte City, Missouri and graduated from Platte City High School in 1965.. He received his education at Northwest Missouri State University in music and Draughon’s College where he received a degree in Topographical Engineering.. He began the shift to art and serious photography some forty years ago.. In 1978 he relocated to Santa Barbara where he met his wife, Marta.. In 2011 they moved to Grass Valley, California.. Since that time, his work has appeared in countless exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States.. A highlight of his art was the publication and exhibition of Portfolio I, “Sonata in F#” and Portfolio II, “Alexis,” which have been acquired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.. Many of his images are in private and corporate collections throughout the world.. He has released his new handmade limited edition collector’s book, “Photographs, Friends Yarn”.. He has been published frequently during the  ...   further served as a consultant to private photographic collectors and fine art photographers.. At present, Chuck continues to produce his art and is the proprietor of Charles P Farmer Photography and Large Format Consulting Services.. He is now a Board of Directors member for Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California and Charles is heading up their field workshop programs.. He is also heavily involved with the Student Outreach program for further education of the arts of photography.. An expedition to the top of Mt.. Whitney in the Eastern Sierra with his 8 10 camera was a landmark in history.. This was the first camera of such great size ever packed to the summit.. He has also expanded his work to incorporate a series of large format workshops held throughout the United States and has become one of the most popular and sought after instructors in the field due to his patient sharing style and wealth of knowledge.. It is his hope that he can in this way share his knowledge and experience in photography and contribute something to this unique art form.. In his words, “We are all in this crazy world of large format photography together”.. For more information about Chuck Farmer visit.. www.. CharlesPFarmer-photo.. com..

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  • Title: Cases | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: Colantuono, Highsmith Whatley, PC is pleased to provide a repository of cases.. Click on Case Title to display list of related documents.. Homebuilders Ass’n of Tulare / Kings Counties v.. Cases may also be accessed via the drop down menu on the navigation bar.. Case documents are available for downloading in the PDF format.. You will need the free browser plug-in.. Adobe Reader.. to view PDF files..

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  • Title: Newsletters | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: We periodically distribute newsletters that highlight new developments in the law which may be of interest to our clients.. The Update on Public Law is available in both printed and electronic formats.. Our Labor Employment Update is only available electronically.. The electronic versions are PDFs, so you will need.. to view them.. We invite you to.. Subscribe.. You may search by entering a key word in the.. Search.. box.. 2014.. Summer 2014: Newsletter.. State Voting Rights Act Bars At-Large Elections.. Be Careful What You Pray For!.. Michael Colantuono Elected Bar Treasurer.. Legislature has Full Plate of Revenue Measures.. Spring 2014: Newsletter.. Sisyphus Seeks a Receiver.. Who’s Argument is this, Anyway?.. Supreme Docket of Tax and Fee Cases.. Winter 2014:.. Newsletter.. Lobbying LAFCO: Follow the Money.. Supreme Court takes Eminent Domain Case.. C L Welcomes Jenni Pancake.. Active Year Ahead for Public Finance Litigation.. 2013.. Fall 2013:.. Free Speech on Private Property: Location, Location, Location.. Initiative Analysis Must Be Impartial, Not Exhaustive.. C L Welcomes Len Aslanian.. Court of Appeal Provides Rate-Making Guidance.. Spring 2013:.. Class Action Challenges to Local Revenues Allowed.. Sludge Disposal a Regional Affair.. Are Union Leaders More Equal?.. Winter 2013:.. Supreme Court to Clear Medi-Pot Haze.. Validation of Billboard Ordinance Invalid.. What’s Up for Municipal Finance in 2013?.. 2012.. November 2012:.. Bulletin.. Cities Win PTAF Dispute with Counties.. October 2012:.. Prop.. 218 Does Not Apply to Annexations.. Fall 2012:.. Legislative DUC Walk Continues.. Pension Reform Becomes Law.. Supreme Court Attends to Local Revenue Matters.. July 2012:.. Santa Cruz Wins First Proposition 26 Case.. Spring 2012:.. Ballot Labels: A Rose By Any Name?.. Planning Disadvantaged Communities.. Off the Island!.. All’s Fair in Taxes and Assessments?.. Winter 2012:.. Governor Brown Proposes Pension Reform.. Planning Mandate for Disadvantaged Islands.. Zoning Dispute Hits the Spot.. What’s Up with Public Finance?.. 2011.. Fall 2011:.. Federally Recognized Tribes Can Join JPAs.. Code Enforcement the 4th Amendment.. Welcome Grass Valley and Calaveras LAFCo!.. Public Finance Tied Up in Court.. September 2011:.. Courts Clarify Prop.. 218 Requirements.. Summer 2011:.. Cutting Class: Preventing Class Refund Claims.. Good Cause Saves Late Appeal.. A Bubble Not Quite Burst.. Court Douses Fire Assessment.. Spring 2011:.. When Trees are Malicious Is it business, or is it personal?.. C L Welcomes Michael R.. Cobden.. Groundwater Management Fee or Pump Tax?.. Winter 2011:.. City Can Require Departing Officer to Pay for Training.. Constitution Allows Appointments by Appointees.. Oakland Parcel Tax Win Makes Good Law.. 2010.. Return to Top.. November 2010:.. 26 is Latest Limit on Local Revenues.. September 2010:.. Labor Bulletin.. Court Rejects Cop’s Retaliation Claim.. Summer 2010:.. Court Upholds Day Laborer Solicitation Ban.. Courts Won’t Police Council Politics..  ...   Court Clarifies Claiming Requirements.. Telephone Tax and 911 Fee Fights Continue.. Winter 2008:.. New Brown Act Rule Sets the Agenda.. Court Clarifies Rules for Election Petitions.. Court Upholds Open Space District Annexation.. 2007.. Fall 2007:.. Phone Taxes: When Communication Breaks Down.. Caution Advised on Honorary Badges.. Supreme Court to Hear Fee and Assessment Cases.. 2006.. Fall 2006:.. Election Rule Lost in Translation.. Taking Some Gray out of the Brown Act.. Utility Users Taxes Threatened.. July 2006: Bulletin.. California Supreme Court Declares Metered Utility Rates Subject to Proposition 218.. Summer 2006:.. Water Charges Rate Supreme Court Review.. 9th Circuit Reconsiders Multi-Lingual Election Petitions.. Prevailing Wages or Not?.. 2005.. Fall 2005:.. CEQA Suits Are a Matter Of Record.. Kelo.. Eminent Domain Decision May Affect California After All.. Open Space Assessment Upheld.. Spring 2005:.. Approval of New Revenues May be Less Taxing.. Employee Salary Data Subject to Disclosure Under Public Records Act.. Legislature to Mandate Ethics Training For Local Government Officials.. Winter 2005:.. Attorneys Fees Writ Large.. Appellate Cases Are Focus of Finance Law Developments.. U.. S.. Supreme Court To Consider Constitutionality of RLUIPA.. 2004.. Fall 2004:.. Supreme Court Water Rates Decision on Tap for 2005.. Amendments to Housing Element Law Mandate Denser, Affordable Housing.. Access to Government Information Now a Constitutional Right.. August 2004: Labor Bulletin.. Recent Cases Highlight Good Practices in Discrimination and Harassment Investigations.. Summer 2004:.. Targets Local Control of Concealed Weapons Permits for Peace Officers.. Endangered Species Act Requires Protection of Critical Habitat.. Proposition 218 Fights Focus on Water Rates.. Spring 2004:.. Court Takes Aim at Definition of "Project" Under CEQA.. Four New Public Finance Cases.. Court Clarifies Requirements For Variance Findings.. Winter 2004:.. Local Government Wins Prop.. 218 Fee Case:.. Richmond v.. Shasta CSD.. Court Discriminates Against Charter City Remedies:.. Schifando v.. City of Los Angeles.. 2003.. Fall 2003:.. Local Government in a Bind over Arbitration Bill.. Housing Bills Further Erode Local Land Use Control.. California Supreme Court to Hear Prop.. 218 Case.. Summer 2003:.. Legislature Provides Rear Guard for Citizen Soldiers.. Ninth Circuit Retrenches on Trench Cut Fees.. Another Adverse Property Tax Decision from Orange County.. Spring 2003:.. Open Space Assessments are an Open Question.. US Supreme Court Upholds Referendum on Affordable Housing Project.. State Supreme Court Holds Local Agency Liable for Dangerous Condition of Adjacent Property.. Winter 2003:.. Legislature Redoubles its Commitment to Second Units.. Administrative Decisions That Lack Detailed Basis for Credibility Findings Risk Reversal.. Update on Municipal Finance: New Case Threatens Property Tax Revenues.. 2002.. Summer 2002:.. Storm Water Fee Washes Out in Court of Appeal.. Supreme Court Upholds Tahoe Development Moratorium.. Haas:.. California Supreme Court Changes Rules for Administrative Hearing Officers..

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  • Title: Papers | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: Papers are organized in reverse chronological order by.. Subject Area.. To sort alphabetically, click.. for each Subject Area.. To access documents by topic, click on a.. :.. Documents are available for downloading in the PDF format.. Publish Date.. LAFCO's Power to Reorganize Special Districts.. September 2013.. LAFCO Regulation of Healthcare Districts.. October 2012.. Disincorporation Consolidation of Cities.. June 2012.. LAFCO’s Role In Regional Planning.. April 2012.. New Legislation Requires LAFCos to Plan for Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities, Creating Unfunded Mandate (SB 244).. December 2011.. Attorney General Letter re Island Annexations.. February 2011.. February 2008.. A.. B.. 745: Disclosure of Contributions and Expenditures to Influence LAFCO Proposals.. August 2007.. Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century – A Look Back(Power Point Slides).. September 2006.. Finance and Rate-Making.. Local Government Fees: Prop.. 26 Other Topics.. April 2014.. Update on Law of Public Revenues.. February 2014.. History of Props.. 13, 218, and 26.. April 2013.. Rate-Making Under Props.. 218 26.. Proposition 218 Assessments.. Historical Overview of Props.. 13, 218 and 26.. March 2012.. Proposition 26: New Limitations on Government Fees.. October 2011.. Overview of Prop.. 26 (Slides).. Court of Appeal Questions Service Assessments.. August 2011.. Current Developments Under Proposition 218.. Silicon Valley.. , Assessments, Utility Fees, and More.. September 2010.. 26: New Supermajority Requirements for Regulatory Fees.. July 2010.. Court Upholds Minimum Monthly Water Charges.. August 2009.. Model Claiming Ordinance.. May 2009.. Supreme Court Strikes Down Open Space Assessment Under Prop.. 218.. July 2008.. Proposition 218 and Fiscal Initiatives..  ...   Control and Risk in California City Revenues Courtesy of.. Current Developments under Props 62 218.. July 2003.. Revenue Options for California Cities.. The Origin Devolution of Local Revenue Authority.. June 2003.. Local Government Concerns Regarding AB 1221.. The Planning Report.. May 2003.. Superior Court Upholds MRCA Open Space Assessment.. March 2003.. Orange County Case Threatens.. Property Tax Revenue.. January 2003.. Authorities on Propositions 62 and 218.. August 2002.. Appellate Court Invalidates.. Salinas’ Storm Water Fee.. June 2002.. CEQA Reform Proposals.. Amended CEQA Guidelines Clear The Air: Analysis And Mitigation Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.. Land Use 101: The Basics of Land Use for the General Practitioner.. January 2006.. Drafting Titles, Summaries and Impartial Analyses for Ballot Measures.. Polling Support for Ballot Measures:.. October 2004.. General Municipal.. Meeting Management for Local Officials.. Public Records Act Summary.. December 2005.. Legislature Mandates Ethics Training for Local Government Officials.. (A.. 1234).. October 2005.. Ethics Issues for Special District Leaders.. September 2005.. Ethics Issues for Public Lawyers.. Interview with.. Metro Investment Report.. Public Sector EthicsCourtesy of.. December 2003.. Haas.. : New Rules for Local Hearing Officers.. Enforcing the Brown Act: Legal Tools for Government in the Sunshine.. December 2001.. Labor and Employment.. Motions to See Files on Police Must Meet Specific Criteria Courtesy of.. Los Angeles Daily Journal.. November 2005.. Employers Need to Refine Investigation Process for Bias, Harassment.. Daily Journal.. January 2005.. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: The Privacy Rule.. Intellectual Property.. Trademark Issues for Municipal Seals, Logos and Flags..

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  • Title: Firm Profile - Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: (213) 542-5700.. (530) 432-7357.. info@chwlaw.. us.. Colantuono, Highsmith Whatley is a municipal law firm with offices in Los Angeles and outside Grass Valley in the Sierra Foothills that represents public and private clients throughout California in municipal law, including public revenues, land use, elections, labor and employment, post-redevelopment, housing, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act regarding Local Agency Formation Commissions, sex offender and marijuana regulation and associated public safety topics, and associated litigation.. Our core commitment is to provide advice our clients find helpful, understandable, and fairly priced.. The firm was recognized as one of California’s Top Ranked Law Firms by Martindale-Hubbell in 2014 and Michael Colantuono, Terri Highsmith, Jenni Pancake, Michael Allderdice and Scott Howard have each achieved the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.. Michael (2011–present) and Holly Whatley (2013) have been listed as among the Top Municipal Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal newspaper.. Michael was awarded the 2010 Public Lawyer of the Year Award by the California State Bar, is a former President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities, Treasurer of the State Bar, and a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers—a prestigious organization of fewer than 100 of the most respected appellate advocates in our State.. Michael is also a Certified Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization.. Our firm includes California’s leading experts on local government revenues, including Propositions 13, 62, 218 and 26 and our attorneys have argued six government revenue cases to the California Supreme Court in the past decade:.. (2004),.. Town of Tiburon.. (2009),.. Marin County Flood Control Water  ...   Successor Agencies in Pomona, Rialto, San Gabriel and Temple City, the Garden Valley, Ophir Hill and Rough Ready Fire Districts, the Orangeline Development Authority, the SELACO Workforce Investment Board, the Calaveras Yuba County LAFCOs, the North Yuba Water District, the Oak Tree Park and Recreation District and the First Five Yuba Commission.. The firm serves as special counsel to local governments throughout California.. Present and recent clients include the cities of Anaheim, Belmont, Berkeley, Brentwood, Burbank, Cerritos, Chula Vista, Concord, Culver City, Cupertino, Fremont, Fresno, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Lathrop, Livermore, Lodi, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Newport Beach, Oakland, Oxnard, Pacific Grove, Palo Alto, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Redding, Redondo Beach, Rialto, Richmond, Riverside, Salinas, San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Simi Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Sunnyvale, Torrance, Tracy, Tulare, Vallejo, Ventura, Vernon, and Vista; the counties of Marin, Mariposa, Riverside, San Benito and Solano; the Goleta Water District, the Montecito Water District, the Newhall Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority, the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management Agency; Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Authority and the Goleta West Sanitary District; the McKinleyville and Santa Lucia Community Services Districts; the Plumas Hospital District; the Los Angeles and San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corporations and the Calaveras, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Yolo County LAFCos.. The firm recently completed a high-profile assignment for the County of Orange and has previously represented the cities of Irvine, San Bernardino, San Francisco, and San Jose..

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  • Title: Alhambra and 46 Other Cities v. County of Los Angeles | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: California Supreme Court Case No.. S218347.. Date.. Supreme Court Remittitur.. January 2013.. County’s petition for rehearing.. November 2012.. Supreme Court Decision.. County's Supplemental Reply Brief.. City's Supplemental Reply Brief.. County's Supplemental Brief.. September 2012.. Cities' Supplemental Brief.. Supreme Court Order Inviting Post-Argument Letter Briefs.. County’s Reply to Cities’ Supplemental Brief.. November 2011.. Cities’ Supplemental Brief.. County Reply to League of California Cities Amicus Brief.. March 2011.. League  ...   Reply to Answer to Petition for Review.. Cities’ Answer to Petition for Review.. Petition for Review.. August 2010.. Court of Appeal Decision.. League Cities Amicus Brief.. March 2010.. Amicus Brief of California State Association of Counties.. Reply Brief.. Fresno Superior Court Ruling.. February 2010.. Los Angeles County’s Responsive Brief.. Appellant’s Opening Brief.. December 2009.. Trial Court Statement of Decision.. June 2009.. Petition for Writ of Mandate.. November 2008..

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  • Title: Bellflower, et al. v. Matosantos, et al | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: City of Bellflower, et al.. Nevada County Auditor Controller’s Answer.. Superior Court Ruling on Notice of Related Cases.. San Diego County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Ana Matosantos’ Answer.. Board of Equalization’s Answer.. Sacramento County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Tulare County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Stanislaus County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Imperial County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Department of Finance’s Reply to Notice of Related Cases.. Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. Ventura County Auditor-Controller’s Answer.. League of Cities’ Opposition to Notice of Related Cases.. AG’s Notice of Related Cases..

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  • Title: Bonander v. Town of Tiburon | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: First District Court of Appeal Case No.. A109288.. Amicus Curiae Brief of League of California Cities and California.. State Association of Counties.. November 2007.. Amicus Curiae Brief of Jack D.. Cohen.. Amicus Curiae Brief of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.. October 2007.. Appellant’s Reply Brief on the Merits.. Respondent’s Brief on the Merits..

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  • Title: City of Hayward v. CSU Trustees | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: CSU Trustees,.. S203939.. Amicus Letter in Support of Review..

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  • Title: Citzens for Responsible Open Space v. San Mateo County LAFCO | Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
    Descriptive info: San Mateo County LAFCO.. (Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District).. (First District Court Appeal Case No.. A116825.. CALAFCO Amicus Brief..

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