Episode 12: Are We There Yet? The Long March Toward Equity and Equality in School Finance



Following the release of the new California governor’s first proposed budget, Lozano Smith attorneys Devon Lincoln, Karen Rezendes and Mattie Scott sit down to discuss the long history of school finance in the state and how that history reverberates in our schools today – and why the issue should matter to every Californian.

Show Notes & References

  • California Constitution (1849)
  • Serrano v. Priest (1971) 5 Cal.3d 584 (“Serrano I”)
  • Serrano v. Priest (1977) 18 Cal.3d 728 (“Serrano II”)
  • Proposition 13 (1978)

For more information on the school finance issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our podcast website at www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 11: Fulfilling the Promise of the Charter Schools Act – How Competition Sparked Trilingual Immersion in a Traditional Public School



In this Lozano Smith podcast, moderator Sloan Simmons engages with Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent of the Riverbank Unified School District, and Lozano Smith Partner Megan Macy, regarding a burgeoning and healthy competition between two separate dual immersion programs operated in Riverbank, one through a dependent charter school and another through in a traditional district school.  Their discussion explores how this existing dynamic in Riverbank serves one of the original purposes of the Charter Schools Act, the benefits of this unique situation, and some of the challenges which arose along the way.

Show Notes & References

For more information on the charter school issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our practice group website at www.lozanosmith.com/charterschools or our podcast website at www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 10: Preparing for 2019 – New Employee Leave and Accommodations Requirements



Are you prepared for 2019? Join Lozano Smith attorneys Dulcinea Grantham and Niki Nabavi Nouri as they discuss three important employee leave and accommodations requirements that will impact school districts and public agencies in the coming year.

Show Notes & References

For more information on the labor and employment issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 9: A School District’s Ability to Discipline Students for Off-Campus Conduct



With texting and social media, it seems as though the line between school and “not school” are blurred. School districts are often faced with determining whether they can discipline a student for their conduct while not at school. In this episode, we discuss a school district’s ability to discipline a student for off-campus conduct and go over court cases that analyze this issue.

Show Notes & References

For more information on the off-campus discipline issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 8: The Rising Costs of the Public Records Act



This podcast addresses the tension between protecting personal information and the obligation to disclose public records.  Striking the wrong balance may burden either the local agency, or the individual employee, with significant costs.  Hear how best to contend with the money pitfalls of the CPRA.

Show Notes & References

Lozano Smith has created a Public Records Act checklist for public agencies, which can be downloaded at our website.

For more information on the California Public Records Act issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 7: School Safety and New Guidance on Addressing School Violence



Preventing school violence and ensuring school safety have become dominant topics and part of an ongoing national conversation.  But what can a school district do, practically, to address these issues?  This podcast will examine two recently released resource documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Secret Service which provide guidance on preventing school violence as well as pending California legislation to improve school climate and safety.

Show Notes & References

For more information on the school safety issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 6: Navigating the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California



Lozano Smith attorneys discuss some of the important aspects of California’s future and complex history with groundwater. Topics include the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA), pre-1914 water rights, and CEQA issues and evaluations. Additionally, they dive into various considerations as local governments adopt general plans and make decisions affecting groundwater and land use.

Show Notes & References:

For more information on the social media issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 5: PART 2 – Janus Ruling and SB 866



This is Part 2 of 2 of our Janus podcast.

Go behind the scenes with several of Lozano Smith’s most experienced labor attorneys during this Janus Ruling and SB 866 Podcast, recorded the day the Supreme Court released the Janus Decision. Join Lozano Smith attorneys Lou Lozano, Dulcinea Grantham, Darren Kameya, and Gabby Flowers as they break down the key things you need to know about the Janus Decision, and fill you in on various major legislative developments that are intended to lessen the impact of Janus.

Overturning a longstanding precedent, the United States Supreme Court has held in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees may not be compelled to pay mandatory agency fees, or “fair share” fees, to public-sector unions, because such fees violate the First Amendment. The Janus decision will have a sweeping, nationwide impact on public sector labor unions. The Court’s 5-4 decision immediately affects laws in at least 22 states, including California, that currently allow public sector unions to charge and collect agency or fair share fees.

During this podcast, listeners will hear perspectives on how these new legal developments potentially alter the labor relations landscape and further learn how to address:

  • Communication with unions and employees;
  • Employee orientation/onboarding;
  • Responding to Public Records Act requests and union requests for information;
  • Impacts on collective bargaining agreements;
  • Potential payroll processes; and
  • Timeline considerations.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at: www.lozanosmith.com/janustoolkit

For more information on the Janus decision and other legislative developments, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 4: PART 1 – Janus Ruling and SB 866



This is Part 1 of 2 of our Janus podcast.

Go behind the scenes with several of Lozano Smith’s most experienced labor attorneys during this Janus Ruling and SB 866 Podcast, recorded shortly after the Supreme Court released the Janus Decision. Join Lozano Smith attorneys Lou Lozano, Dulcinea Grantham, Darren Kameya, and Gabby Flowers as they break down the key things you need to know about the Janus Decision, and fill you in on various major legislative developments that are intended to lessen the impact of Janus.

Overturning a longstanding precedent, the United States Supreme Court has held in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees may not be compelled to pay mandatory agency fees, or “fair share” fees, to public-sector unions, because such fees violate the First Amendment. The Janus decision will have a sweeping, nationwide impact on public sector labor unions. The Court’s 5-4 decision immediately affects laws in at least 22 states, including California, that currently allow public sector unions to charge and collect agency or fair share fees.

During this podcast, listeners will hear perspectives on how these new legal developments potentially alter the labor relations landscape and further learn how to address:

  • Communication with unions and employees;
  • Employee orientation/onboarding;
  • Responding to Public Records Act requests and union requests for information;
  • Impacts on collective bargaining agreements;
  • Potential payroll processes; and
  • Timeline considerations.

Lozano Smith is pleased to provide public agencies with an in-depth Janus Toolkit including important background information, answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more. Download the toolkit at: www.lozanosmith.com/janustoolkit

For more information on the Janus decision and other legislative developments, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials



Last year, the United States Supreme Court identified social media as “perhaps the most powerful mechanism available” today to make a person’s voice heard.  But can a government official block their constituents’ voices online?  At what point does a personal social media page become open to the public?  Join us as we discuss the ramifications of a recent federal district court case out of New York about President Trump’s personal Twitter account and the potential legal precedent being shaped now.

Show Notes & References:

For more information on the social media issues discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.