League of California Cities 1400 K Street, Suite 400 Sacramento, California 95814 Phone: (916) 658-8200 Fax: (916) 658-8240 www.cacities.org City Attorneys Department Spring 2003 Newsletter Contents President’s Message Valerie J. Armento, President’s Message ............................. 1 City Attorney, Sunnyvale Legal Department Contact Information ............................................ 2 Looking For a Colleague ....................... 2 City Attorney’s Department The Spring Conference at the Silverado Resort in Napa has just Officers .................................................. 2 concluded and from all reports it was a resounding success. The How Do I Search the California sessions were well-attended and the location and facilities City Attorneys Egroup Archives? ........... 3 garnered favorable reviews, despite some unseasonable weather. I Solve Problems Before They was pleased that so many people found the time and resources to Become Statutory .................................. 3 attend. Conference Calendar………………………………….3 From the pre-conference sessions through the litigation issues and Special Thanks to Conference Sponsors ............................................... 4 updates, and from the e-mail issues colloquy to the regulating Director’s Report ................................... 4 conduct in the public square and land use presentations, the Municipal Law Handbook ...................... 5 speakers furnished thoughtful and useful material. Most attendees Department Forms Practice hope never to confront the ethics situations presented with such Management and Ethical poignancy by several of our colleagues. Standards Committee............................ 6 New Appointments ................................ 6 We are particularly indebted to the Honorable Mary Jo Levinger, In Memory of and Retiring ..................... 7 Alice Vilardi, Rene Chouteau and Patrick Mahoney for taking Did We Miss Someone? ........................ 7 time from their courtroom duties to provide us with a "behind the Tapes For Spring Conference ............... 7 bench" perspective as former municipal law practitioners. We also Future Conference Session appreciate the engaging presentation by League President and Topics.................................................... 7 Oakland City Attorney, John Russo, on SCA 1 (public access to Spring Conference Wrap Up ................. 8 information) and the work he has undertaken for the League. Spring Conference Photos .................... 8 Lastly, the wine tasting and Copia receptions offered pleasant Attachments social and networking opportunities. The Fun Run In Vino Veritas t-shirt is "a keeper." California Municipal Law Handbook Order Form As was mentioned at the May conference, three by-law Bylaw Amendments amendments are being proposed. One amendment will Legal Advocacy Actions incorporate the Municipal Law Institute into the Department as a Want the Online Version? standing committee function. The mission of the Municipal Law View this newsletter under the Institute is to integrate the study of municipal law with the practice “Department News” section on the of municipal law and encourage students to enter this field, to League’s Web site at: www.cacities.org/attorneys. President’s Message, continued next page City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Legal President’s Message Department (continued from previous page) Contact Information promote an analysis of municipal law issues and to conduct an annual symposium in conjunction with the Public Law Research Alisa Fong 916/658-8266 Institute at Hastings College of the Law. Another amendment firstname.lastname@example.org revises the way in which the Legislative Committee operates, Sussan Nasirian 916/658-8276 particularly in light of electronic communications, and focuses the email@example.com Committee's role on helping League legislative staff identify city attorneys with specialized expertise to assist on legislative matters, JoAnne Speers 916/658-8233 as needed. The third amendment expands the Municipal Law firstname.lastname@example.org Handbook editorial board to reflect the expansion of the Municipal Law Handbook from its current 8 chapters to 13 chapters. The 2004 Handbook will be the 12th edition and will be the first Looking for comprehensive overhaul since the Handbook's inaugural edition in a Colleague? 1993. Visit the city attorneys roster on the city Another project moving toward completion during my last quarter attorneys website at: as an officer is a City Attorney Employment Handbook. Many of www.cacities.org/attyroster you may recall providing materials or filling out a questionnaire in 2001 about the role in your entity of the City Attorney and the City Attorney-City Council relationship. This handbook contains discussion of topics such as the nature and parameters of the employment relationship, and recruitment and selection of a city LEAGUE MISSION attorney, as well as model contract provisions for both in-house Our mission is to restore and and contract city attorneys. The hope is this handbook will assist protect local control for practitioners and council members in better understanding what cities through education city attorneys do (or do not do) and enhance attorney-council and advocacy to enhance the quality of life relations. for all Californians. With the long days of summer, remember to play as well as work! Factum infectum fieri nequit. (What is done cannot be undone.) City Attorneys' Department Officers PRESIDENT 1ST VICE PRESIDENT 2ND VICE PRESIDENT DIRECTOR Valerie J. Armento Michael G. Colantuono Michael H. Roush Steven L. Dorsey City Attorney, Sunnyvale City Attorney, Barstow City Attorney, Pleasanton City Attorney, Norwalk, San 456 West Olive Avenue and La Habra Heights 123 Main Street Marino and Buena Park P.O. Box 3707 555 West 5th Street, 30th Floor P.O. Box 530 355 South Grand Ave., 40th Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707 Los Angeles, CA 90013 Pleasanton, CA 94566 Floor Phone: 408/730-7464 Phone: 213/533-4146 Phone: 925/931-5017 Los Angeles, CA 90071-3101 Fax: 408/730-7468 Fax: 213/533-4191 Fax: 925/931-5482 Phone: 213/626-8484 E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: Fax: 213/626-0078 email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 2 League of California Cities City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Conference Solve Problems Before Calendar They Become Statutory Plan Ahead and Mark Your Calendars! League legislative staff is looking for city attorneys that would be Annual Conference willing to occasionally serve as resources to provide legal analysis September 7-10, 2003 of pending legislation affecting cities. City attorneys can provide a Sacramento Convention Center valuable perspective to assist League legislative staff understand the legal and practical implications of pending legislation. Spring Conference May 5-7, 2004 If you have experience in any of the following areas, and are Sheraton Harbor Island, San Diego interested in serving please contact Craig Labadie, City Attorney, Concord, and Chair of the department’s Legislative Committee. Please contact Craig directly via email at: email@example.com and provide your contact information, and area of expertise. Individuals with expertise in areas not listed below that are How Do I Search the interested in serving as a resource should also feel free to contact California City Attorneys Craig. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Egroup Archives? Want to see if a topic that you are - Assessment Districts - Municipal Liability interested in has been discussed by the - Brown Act/Conflict of - Local Taxes (Sales, Utility, TOT) egroup previously before posting a Interest - Personnel message? Remember seeing a posting about a topic, but can’t remember - CEQA - Property Taxation exactly what it said? You can search - Community Services - Proposition 218 the egroup archives by following - Debt Financing - Public Records these simple steps: - Economic Development - Public Safety - Elections - Redevelopment 1. Sign into Yahoo! Groups at : - Emergency Services - Rent Control www.groups.yahoo.com/mygroups/ - Eminent Domain - RLUIPA - Enterprise Zones - Solid Waste/Recycling 2. Click the name of the group that - Environmental Quality - Special Assessments you would like to visit on your My - Franchises - Telecommunications Groups page. - Hazardous Materials - Tort Reform 3. Click the “Messages” link on the - Housing - Transportation & group’s main page. - LAFCO Public Works - Land Use/Planning - Utilities Posts are archived in chronological - Local Initiatives order. You may search within the archive to locate certain messages. The “Archive Search” will search the subject line, sender and body of all of the archived messages. League of California Cities 3 City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Director’s Report Steve Dorsey, City Attorney, Norwalk, Special Thanks To City San Marino & Buena Park Attorneys Spring State Budget Update Conference Sponsors As has been the case all year, the State budget crisis was the The League of California Cities primary focus of the Board's activities this quarter. On May 14, and the City Attorneys Department 2003, the Board adopted a resolution at a specially-called meeting offer a special thanks to the stating that the League could support a budget recovery package following law firms for sponsoring that includes “contributions” of city funds to the State or the wonderful COPIA event at the temporary tax increases to finance the State debt, if legislators spring conference in Napa: commit to placing a measure on the ballot to constitutionally Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin protect local agencies from future State raids. The resolution, with some minor amendments, was overwhelmingly approved by the Burke, Williams & General Assembly, also at a specially-called meeting. As Mayor Sorensen Ron Loveridge, Mayor of Riverside and First Vice President of the Liebert, Cassidy, Whitmore League said, the resolution “basically set the ground rules that will Meyers, Nave, Riback, guide League support for a balance budget recovery package…If Silver & Wilson the state wants our support, we in turn must be able to predict Morrison & Foerster where our funds will come from, so we can plan for the future McDonough, Holland & needs of our communities.” A copy of the resolution can be found Allen on the League's website. McDougal, Love, Eckis, Smith The League held its annual Legislative Action Days at the same Richards, Watson & time the Board and General Assembly considered the resolution. Gershon More than a thousand representatives from local agencies Woodruff, Spradlin & throughout the State convened in Sacramento for this event, which Smart was sponsored by the LOCAL (“Leave Our Community Assets Local”) coalition. And additional thanks to: The LOCAL coalition has 350 member organizations, including Kronick, Moskovitz, police, fire, labor groups, businesses, chambers of commerce, and Tiedemann & Girard other organizations along with the sponsoring agencies, the League, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and for sponsoring the fabulous 5K the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). The Fun Run t-shirts. Congratulations Legislative Action Days showcased the strength of the LOCAL to all of those who participated in coalition. Highlights included presentations by State Senate the run! Republican Leader Jim Brulte and California State Department of Finance Director Steve Peace and a press conference on the Capitol steps at which officers of the League, CSAC, and CSDA and representatives of the California Teamsters, Fire Chiefs, Police Chiefs and Sheriff's Associations spoke on the importance of the coalition and the need to continue to fight to protect local services. Members of the coalition also made their presence felt by meeting with their local representatives in their Capitol offices. Director’s Report, continued next page 4 League of California Cities City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o MUNICIPAL Director’s Report LAW (continued from previous page) HANDBOOK 2003-2004 Chapter These events coincided with the May 14th release of Governor Assignments Davis' May budget revision. The revision shows progress in protecting city revenues. Chapter I – Foundations of Municipal Government The May Revise assumes that the vehicle license fee “trigger” will Laura Lee Briggs, Assistant City be pulled by June 30th and counts on saving the VLF backfill costs Attorney, Half Moon Bay to the State for the full year. This revised budget proposes funding the COP/Juvenile Justice and other public safety programs, but Chapter II – Internal eliminates booking fee payments to the cities. It also assists local Organization and Personnel agencies by proposing to suspend 34 state-mandated programs. Brad Fuller, City Attorney, Redding The primary concern for cities, however, is that the May Revise continues to call for a $250 million per year shift of property taxes Chapter III – Open Government from redevelopment agencies to the State, with this amount and Ethics growing by $50 million per year for approximately 15 years until it Joseph Pannone, City Attorney, totals $1 billion dollars per year. This proposal requires cities to South Pasadena make these payments, if their redevelopment agencies do not generate sufficient revenue. Chapter IV – Elections Joel Kuperberg, City Attorney, League Action on Other Strategic Goals Irvine and La Palma While concentrating on the budget issues, the League has not Chapter V – Finance and ignored its other strategic goals. In order to further the goal of Economic Development fostering confidence in local government, the League appointed an Iris Yang, City Attorney, Paso Ad Hoc Ethics Education Committee to develop ethics education Robles programs for local public officials. The first meeting of the committee was held on April 25, 2003 and was attended by a Chapter VI – Municipal Services number of League Board members, other city officials, and and Utilities representatives of private industry with extensive experience in David Frank, City Attorney, Chico ethics issues. Chapter VII – Public The League addressed its second goal to “Expand the Supply of Contracting Housing in California in Balance with the Location of Jobs” by Anita Willis, Assistant City working to develop partnerships with the Community Attorney, Oceanside Redevelopment Association, California Building Industry Association, Housing California and housing advocates. The Chapter VIII – Public Property League also developed position statements for submission to the Robert G. Boehm media and opposed punitive housing legislation. City Attorney, Ventura It has been an exciting time to be on the Board. Hopefully, by the time of the next newsletter, I will be able to report positive Municipal Law Handbook, developments in the fiscal front. continued on next page League of California Cities 5 City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Municipal Law Department Forms Practice Handbook Management and Ethical (continued from previous page) Standards Committee Michael G. Colantuono, City Attorney, Barstow Chapter IX – Regulating and La Habra Heights Businesses and Personal Conduct Shawn Mason, City Attorney, San At the May conference of the City Attorneys Department in Napa, Mateo the officers of the Department announced the formation of an ad hoc committee to update the Department’s practice management Chapter X – Land Use and ethics tools for practicing City Attorneys. Wynne Furth, Janet Coleson, City Attorney, El Senior Assistant City Attorney of Palo Alto, has agreed to serve as Cerrito Chair of the committee and other appointments will be made shortly. Chapter XI – Protecting the Environment The project has its genesis in the decision of the League Board of Gabrielle Whelan, Assistant City Directors to make ethics training for local government officials – Attorney, Tracy and an effort to increase the public’s perception that their local officials are sensitive to ethical matters – one of three major goals Chapter XII – Code for the League this year. Two of the major ethics and practice Enforcement management tools of the Department are in need of refurbishment James Sanchez, Chief Assistant due to the development of the Department’s website (which, if you City Attorney, Fresno haven’t visited, you should – www.cacities.org/attorneys). First, is the Directory of Municipal Law Practitioners. That was developed Chapter XIII – Liability and as a directory of private law firms with expertise in municipal law Litigation and its major function will now be performed by MuniLink, a new Jennifer McCain, Assistant City web-based resource developed by the League Attorney, Escondido (www.munilink.cacities.org). The first section of the Directory, however, contained a useful series of articles and model contracts regarding the selection, retention and management of outside New counsel. Those materials are in need of a new “home,” given the Appointments Directory’s transition to a web resource. The following individuals Second, is The City Attorney’s Deskbook, developed in 1994 as a have recently been appointed convenient place to locate indices to opinions, model ordinances, to serve as City Attorneys: and papers prepared by members of the Department. The power of computers and especially the Internet to facilitate indexing and Jamie Casso retrieving large numbers of documents made the Deskbook a City Attorney, Lynwood natural candidate for replacement by the Department website. Indeed, the resources found on the website’s MuniLaw Research Jonathan Lowell Center are far more powerful than any paper index could be. The City Attorney, San Luis Deskbook, too, included useful introductory papers on ethical Obispo issues for City Attorneys, dealing with the press, the role of the City Attorney, etc. These materials also need updating and a Shawn Mason City Attorney, San Mateo permanent home. Department Forms Practice Management and Ethical Standards Committee, continued next page 6 League of California Cities City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Future Department Forms Practice Management Conference and Ethical Standards Committee Session (Continued from previous page) Topics? Thus, the ad hoc committee on Practice Management and Ethical Standards was formed to collect the Department’s resources on Have an idea for a practice management and ethics issues, to update those materials, future conference and to give them a new home either in print, on the web, or session topic? Contact perhaps both. The committee will also discuss whether it is the League at firstname.lastname@example.org appropriate to fashion a voluntary code of ethics or statement of with your suggestions. principles for practicing public lawyers, to provide an ongoing peer support / technical assistance team for public lawyers facing ethics issues in their practices, and other efforts to provide city attorneys ethics training (and MCLE credit!) and useful tools for practice management. While the initial tasks facing the committee are clear enough, the full scope of its agenda remains to be Tapes for Spring determined in consultation among the committee, the Department Conference Available officers, the Department membership and, perhaps, the League Board of Directors. Unable to attend, or missed a session at the spring If you have an interest in serving on the committee, please contact conference? Tapes of all me (by mid-June) at email@example.com or (213) 533- program sessions are available 4146. If you have thoughts or suggestions for the committee’s through All Star Media. work, contact me or Wynne Furth at: (650) 329-2171 or Individual tapes are available firstname.lastname@example.org. for $10.00 each and CDs for $12.00 each, plus shipping costs. Purchase the entire conference program for In Memory of… $49.00, plus shipping costs on CD Rom. Tapes and CDs can The League would like to recognize the following individuals: be ordered online at Tony Alperin, former Assistant City Attorney of Los Angeles www.allstartapes.com. Marvin Helon, former City Attorney of Clovis Retiring Did We Miss Someone? Roy Abrams, City Attorney of Palo Alto, San Mateo and South Lake Tahoe The League tries hard to keep up Bill Carnazzo, Assistant City Attorney of Sacramento with the appointments and Edward Foley, City Attorney of Greenfield and King City retirements in the state. If we John Kaheny, City Attorney of Chula Vista and San Diego missed someone, please let us Bart Thiltgen, City Attorney of Bakersfield know (email@example.com) so we Ken Wilson, City Attorney of Cloverdale and can put the person on the mailing Healdsburg list for League programs and publications or provide appropriate recognition. League of California Cities 7 City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Spring Spring Conference Photos Conference Wrap Clockwise: 1) Judges’ Forum and Litigation Skills/Tactics (left to right): Valerie Armento, Judge Levinger, Judge Vilardi, Judge Up Chouteau, Judge Mahoney 2) Past President’s Reception (top left to right): Michael Roush, Tom Haas, Dan Curtin, Michael Colantuono, Tom Curry, Steven Dorsey, Valerie Armento, Ariel Calonne, The spring conference in Napa was Manuela Albuquerque 3) Retirement Presentation to Edward Foley attended by over 400 attendees. for 21 years of service as City Attorney of Greenfield and King City The League thanks everyone who attended, particularly all of the speakers and moderators for contributing to a successful conference. Figure 1 Figure 4 Figure 2 Figure 5 4) 2002-2003 Department Officers (top left to right): Michael Roush, Valerie Armento, Steven Dorsey, Michael Colantuono 5) Fun Run participants warm up Figure 3 8 League of California Cities City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o LEGAL ADVOCACY League Board Executive Committee Actions On Cases Considered for Friend-of-the-Court Assistance The following cases were recommended by the Legal Advocacy Executive Committee on May 8, 2003, and approved by the League Board Executive Committee on May 12, 2003. This is for informational purposes only – no action is required by cities. Case Name Description of Case Action Approved Counsel LAND USE Harvest Church v. City of This case concludes that a city has Letter in Amicus Writer: Concord, currently unpublished. the discretion to deny a zoning support of Thomas Douvan publication on administrator's permit application behalf of the McDonough, (The League previously using a general welfare standard in League to the Holland and Allen coordinated a friend-of-the-court the absence of a specific standard court of PH: 510/273-8080 brief on behalf of 79 cities for the planning commission’s appeal. tdouvan@mhalaw. supporting the city’s appeal to review. com reverse the trial court’s rulings. The letter brief was The brief was filed in April 2002. filed on May 13, Party Counsel: The court of appeal issued an 2003. Craig Labadie unpublished decision on April 17, City Atttorney, 2003, in favor of the city Concord reversing the trial court’s rulings). PH: 510/671-3160 firstname.lastname@example.org ord.ca.us MUNICIPAL LIABILITY Lee v. Los Angeles County This case involves the timeframe Letter in Amicus Writer: Metropolitan Transit Authority, for damages recovery in pollution support of Girard Fisher California 107 Cal. App. 4th 848, 132 Cal. and earth movement type cases Supreme Pollak, Vida & Rptr. 2d 444 (2nd Dist., April 4, involving progressive losses. The Court review, Fisher 2003). court concluded that the timeframe and in the PH: 310/551-3400 when a party may recover begins alternative email@example.com decertification when the problem is stabilized from rather than the traditional rule of publication on when the party knew or should behalf of the have known of the damage. This League. conclusion presents a greater period of liability for public entities. OTHER Nightlife Partners, Inc. v. City of This case presents practical Letter in support of Amicus Writer: Beverly Hills, B161436, 108 Cal. problems for city attorney's offices decertification from League Staff App. 4th 81, 133 Cal. Rptr. 2nd because it concludes that a city publication on 234 (2nd Dist., April 24, 2003). attorney may not participate as a behalf of the hearing officer's advisor during an League. administrative review process, and subsequently participate as an advisor in any appeal due to bias. League of California Cities 9 NOW AVAILABLE League of The California Municipal Law Handbook California 2003 Update Cities The California Municipal Law Handbook editorial board and volunteer municipal attorneys have completed a comprehensive update for 2003, featuring important changes in the law and an updated subject index and table of authorities. ACT NOW TO KEEP YOUR HANDBOOK UP-TO-DATE To order the update and/or additional copies of the complete handbook, please fill out the order form below and return it to the League. If your handbook is more than a year out of date, update it in minutes with a complete 2003 California Municipal Law Handbook, without binder or tabs. You will save money, and a lot of time! Orders of five or more handbooks or updates receive a ten percent discount. Learn more about League publications at www.cacities.org/store. Prepayment is required for all League publications. Update Only 2003 Handbooks Additional Complete Handbooks (without tabs or binder) City and Other $75 Item # 1387 $125 Item # 498 $150 Item # 957 Public Officials All Others $100 Item # 1388 $185 Item # 1106 $350 Item # 958 League of California Cities The California Municipal Law Handbook 2003 Update All prices include shipping and sales tax -- prepayment is required. PRICES: ____ (# of updates) @ $_______ = $________ Name _____________________________________________ Title ______________________________________________ ____ (# of handbooks) @ $_______ = $________ Street Address (No P.O. 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Contact Publications at 916/658-8257 League of California Cities 1400 K Street, Suite 400 Sacramento, California 95814 Phone: (916) 658-8200 Fax: (916) 658-8240 www.cacities.org City Attorneys' Department Proposed 2003 Bylaws Amendments The following amendments to the City Attorneys’ Department Bylaws are recommended by the executive committee of the department (comprised of the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Director). A vote recommending the adoption of the proposed bylaw amendments will take place at the department business session at the annual conference in Sacramento on September 8, 2003. To view the complete set of bylaws, with these proposed amendments and bylaws, please visit the city attorneys department website at www.cacities.org/attorneys and click on “What is the City Attorneys Department.” ARTICLE IX - STANDING COMMITTEES Section 3 - Legislative Committee (d) Duties and Responsibilities- (1) The committee shall meet in person during the annual and spring conferences, and during the legislative session in person or via telephone conference as necessary. (2) The committee shall actively consult and meet with League legislative staff to ascertain the most effective means of assisting staff on legislative matters and on advising policy committees. Upon request, the committee shall help to identify practitioners with specialized expertise in the subject matter of pending or proposed legislation to provide legal analysis and recommendations to League legislative staff. (3) The committee shall coordinate its activities with League policy committees by providing such information as is necessary to assure consistent Department recommendations and positions on legislation and League policy resolutions. The committee shall also coordinate with the Department’s representative on the General Resolutions Committee. (4) In addition to the annual report provided at the spring conference, the committee shall prepare a report The committee may from time to time provide reports to the department officers, as necessary and appropriate, summarizing pending and proposed League legislative activities with respect to both initiating legislation and responding to known or probable legislative proposals. The report may shall include recommendations on department positions and activities with respect to such legislation, including recommendations for city attorney contacts with subject matter expertise and willingness to work on the particular legislation as needed. The committee’s reports, if written, shall be available through the department newsletter, Internet listserv or on the League’s web site. _______________ New language is in bold italics; deleted language is in strike-outs. City Attorneys Newsletter Spring 2003o Section 5 - Municipal Law Handbook Committee (a) Membership - The membership of the municipal law handbook committee shall be based on the number of chapters of the Municipal Law Handbook. Each member, other than the committee chair, shall serve as the chair for one chapter, and comprised of nine members. Eight of the committee members shall each be responsible for overseeing the update process for one of the handbook's eight chapters. The ninth An additional committee member shall be the committee chairperson, whose responsibility shall will be to oversee the committee's efforts. Appointments shall be made by the president annually in March. When making these appointments, the president shall designate the committee's chairperson, who shall have already served on the committee for a term. (b) Term of Office - Appointments shall be for staggered two-year terms, except for the committee chairperson, who shall serve for one year. (c) Duties and Responsibilities - (1) To assist the League in updating the material in The California Municipal Law Handbook, to alert city attorneys to changes in statutes and case law which bears on the subjects covered in the handbook. (2) To identify new subjects which should be covered in the handbook. (3) To identify subjects which should be covered in more detail in the handbook, with a special emphasis on making the handbook a practical and vital resource for city attorneys. (4) To initiate and oversee, within the context of procedures established by the committee as a group, the effort to update and augment each of the chapters in the handbook. (5) To involve a wide range of municipal attorneys in the updating and augmentation effort, both in writing and reviewing update materials. (6) To complete the updating process by February 1 of each year so supplements to the handbook will be available for distribution at the city attorneys spring conference. _______________ New language is in bold italics; deleted language is in strike-outs. 12 League of California Cities Section 7 – Municipal Law Institute (MLI) and MLI Committee (a) Membership – The MLI Committee shall be appointed by the president, who shall also designate its chair. The MLI Committee shall be composed of at least five members. A Department Officer shall serve as a liaison and attend meetings as necessary and appropriate. Appointments shall be made by the Department president in November after consideration of the candidate’s willingness and ability to attend and otherwise participate in the activities of the MLI Committee. (b) Term of Office – The terms of the MLI Committee and the term of the chair shall commence upon appointment. All appointments shall be for staggered two-year terms, but the president may reappoint members. (c) Purpose – The MLI shall be a project of the City Attorney’s Department. The purpose of the MLI Committee is to carry out the Duties and Responsibilities of the MLI, as set forth below. (d) Duties and Responsibilities – The MLI’s mission shall be to advance the Department’s purposes, as set forth in Article II by (1) Integrating the study of municipal law in law schools with the practice of municipal law in order to encourage and train students to work in municipal law as a profession. (2) Promoting, through research and scholarly exchange, an analysis of municipal law issues. (3) Acting as a resource to the state legislature and judiciary in the development of municipal law and supporting the legislative and legal advocacy programs of the Department. (4) Conducting an annual symposium on municipal law issues in conjunction with the Public Law Research Institute at Hastings College of the Law. Section 7 8 – Reports to Membership The chairperson of each standing committee (except for the Legislative Committee) will provide an annual report at the spring conference and will provide other reports as necessary, as requested by the department officers. The reports will be provided to the department officers and the members of the department (through the city attorneys’ newsletter or League web site). The report will describe the immediate past and prospective committee activities. The chairperson may also be asked to briefly report on the committee's work at other department meetings and conferences. _______________ New language is in bold italics; deleted language is in strike-outs.
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