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Local Government Law (Spring 2017)

Course Description

Many cities prohibit medical marijuana sales, tattooing or smoking of tobacco in one’s own home?  Is a city liable for damages caused by leaks from its aging water pipes?  How did California cities lose and then regain local control of massage parlors? Are voter-sponsored initiatives helpful or harmful to governance?  These are just a few of the issues that will be taken up in this survey of municipal law, which combines a theoretical and a practical, hands-on approach to the subject. Emphasis will be given to a study of the institutions of local governance and the tensions between local authority and individual and property rights.  The class will examine the viability of local government in view of financial constraints and state and regional incursions upon local control.  Students may enroll in this class under the CR/D/F option and participation points will be awarded. There will be an open book final examination. Students may use computers for the examination.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Room Number: Room 12
  • Exam: Three-hour, in-class, open-book exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points will be awarded