New State Housing Laws

On September 29, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed over a dozen laws designed to address the statewide housing affordability and homelessness crises. Effective January 1, 2018, these new housing laws create permanent and prospective funding sources for housing and housing programs, establish both developer and city-oriented housing streamlining processes, and increase local city accountability, which will, among other things, limit the ability of cities to deny housing developments, require additional data collection and reporting in the General Plan Annual Report, and mandate identification of available housing sites for all income levels. OMLO has prepared a presentation providing valuable information regarding this new slew of housing bills, which is available here for download. Please contact our office if you have questions on how this may affect your city.

Law & Ethics: Understanding the Rules of the Game


Rick Olivarez has been invited to speak in San Antonio, Texas on the topic of “Law & Ethics: Understanding the Rules of the Game” for the Latino Center for Leadership Development on Sunday, March 4th, 2017. Mr. Olivarez will share his expertise in ethics and governance with the audience as they prepare to embark on their political campaigns.

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Rules Independent Contractors Liable Under Section 1090


The California Supreme Court ruled that certain independent contractors are not excluded from Government Code section 1090.  Section 1090 prohibits “public officers and employees from making contracts in which they have a financial interest when they act in their official capacities.  Knowing and willful self-dealing can result in criminal liability.”   Violation of section 1090 is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in the state prison, and the public official is forever disqualified from holding any office in this state.

The Firm has put together a memo providing background information on the Court’s ruling, as well as addressing potential concerns public agencies may have.  Please click ­here to view the memo.

For a more detailed discussion about this decision and how it may be applicable to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office.