Legal Alert: Supreme Court Rules Texts and Emails Are Public Record

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that texts and emails sent by public employees on their personal devices or accounts are a matter of public record if dealing with official business.  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.


OM Attorney Assists in Updating Municipal Law Handbook


The Continuing Education of the Bar has released its 2016 edition of the California Municipal Law Handbook.  Olivarez Madruga attorney, Joaquin Vazquez, contributed to this year’s publication as a reviewer.  Mr. Vazquez was responsible for assessing four sections within the Land Use chapter, ensuring the sections are current and an accurate resource for city attorneys throughout California to utilize.  Known as the definitive work in its field, the handbook is published annually, providing background, tools, and guidance in all major areas of the California municipal law.  OM is proud of Mr. Vazquez’s continued work and dedication to municipal law.

OM Out to Fight Hunger with L.A.’s Food From the Bar

After four weeks of fundraising during the month of May, the 8th annual Food From the Bar campaign has come to a close.  Sixty-eight firms throughout Los Angeles County partook in this year’s event, bringing in over 5,000 pounds of food, working 722 volunteer shifts at the Los Angeles Regional Food Banks, and raising $42,600 dollars, providing more than 1.6 million meals to those suffering from food insecurity.

Olivarez Madruga is proud to have ranked as a Silver Partner in its first year participating in the campaign, raising the equivalent of 9,120 meals.  Volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank was an informative, enjoyable, and fulfilling experience for all involved.  OM looks forward to making Food From the Bar an annual tradition.