Michael Maurer practices Municipal Law as an attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP. In addition to advising cities on the legalities of their day-to-day operations, Mike provides exceptional guidance to public agencies in the areas of land use, public infrastructure and construction, and open government and ethics laws. Mike serves as city attorney for the cities of La Habra Heights and San Jacinto, where he advises the city councils at each of their meetings. He also serves as assistant city attorney for the City of Arcadia.
I want to start this year’s Legislative Update by expressing my sadness at the passing of Bob McCormick, who authored this article for a number of years. I have collaborated with Bob on this project since 2014, and he prepared the annual legislative update for many years before that. Bob was an extremely gracious co-author, who not only dedicated time to preparing this article each year but also served as a mentor to me, helping to identify points of interest from the legislation and consider how to convey the information clearly and thoughtfully. As any attorney knows, a compendium of new legislation can be pretty dryâbut also necessaryâreading material. Bob put a lot of effort into how this important information could be conveyed to members of the real property section in both a meaningful and interesting way. His dedication to the real property section was apparent, and I am sure many section members were fortunate enough to interact with Bob through the years. He will be missed. This annual update is, and will always be, Bob’s article.