Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 16: It’s Time to Fill Out Your Form 700!



It’s that time of year, when California public servants must prepare and submit their annual statements of economic interest.  The statement, commonly referred to as Form 700, is due on April 2 this year.  Devon Lincoln talks to ethics expert Tom Gauthier about common pitfalls in filling out the form, what you need to know to get it right, and why it matters.

Show Notes & References

  • 7:14  CSBA Sample Policy Conflict of Interest – Board Bylaw 9270
  • 8:35  Form 700 – 2018/2019 Statement of Economic Interests (Link to Form 700 Document)
  • 17:15  Reference Pamphlet – 2018/2019 Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests (Link to Reference Pamphlet)

 

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


Episode 15: Life with Janus



Labor and employment specialists Lou Lozano and Darren Kameya join Devon Lincoln for a discussion of the unique challenges arising at the public employee union bargaining table in 2019. The conversation covers the fallout from the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the implications of the LAUSD strike and other labor actions, and how public agencies can attempt to navigate in these complicated times.

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 topics discussed in this podcast, please visit our website at: www.lozanosmith.com/podcast.


Episode 14: Police in Schools – The Role of a School Resource Officer



The role of law enforcement officers on school campuses is not well understood.  Devon Lincoln is joined by attorney Tom Manniello, an expert in student discipline issues and discipline reform, and Jenell Van Bindsbergen, an attorney specializing in working with police officers and police departments.  In a wide ranging discussion, the panelists lay out the complex issues that come up when an officer polices a school campus.

Show Notes & References

  • Client News Brief: Settlement Addresses Discriminatory Treatment of Minority Students and Students with Disabilities (Link to CNB)
  • Client News Brief: New Law Requires Legal Consult Prior to Custodial Interrogation of Minor Under Age 16 (Link to CNB)

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


Episode 13: ACSA Keynote Address – Everything I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned at the Table



This special episode of the podcast features a discussion with negotiator Sarah Kaatz and shares extended excerpts from her successful keynote address at the 2019 ACSA Negotiators’ Symposium. Attorney Devon Lincoln talks with Sarah about the life insights she draws on to negotiate with public employee unions in a range of challenging scenarios.

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


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.