All posts by Lozano Smith

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.

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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.

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


Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters



Inclusivity is a mandate for all public entities – to create a positive, welcoming environment for all types of people and treat them fairly and equally.  The government must also be neutral with respect to politics and religion.  However, the rise of social justice movements in recent years have led public entities to carefully re-consider their policies, practices, and programs.  Thus, public entities walk the narrow path of affirming the rights of all without expressing support for a particular political viewpoint or ignoring systemic and procedural biases.  This podcast will discuss how local governments and school districts can act to work on providing an inclusive workplace and/or campus without limiting individual opinions and viewpoints.

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For more information about the topics discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast


Episode 1: California Adds “Nonbinary” Gender Option to Identification Documents



Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 179, known as the “Gender Recognition Act,” which adds a “nonbinary” gender option to state driver’s licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates.  Public entities will need to address the nonbinary gender option now available to employees and students on official documents.  This podcast will discuss SB 179, its implications on all public entities, and practical actions needed to prepare for the law’s implementation.

Show Notes & References:

For more information on SB 179 and the topics addressed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast