In California’s complex regulatory environment, local governments and other public agencies frequently make formal agreements in order to achieve mutual goals or resolve disputes. SMW represents public entities and community groups with regard to all aspects of such agreements. Examples of SMW’s work in this field include:
- Alameda County Waste Management Authority: SMW has advised this joint powers agency comprised of Alameda County, two sanitary districts, and all the cities in Alameda County, handling solid waste facility siting and planning throughout the county, in connection with CEQA as well as a wide range of public agency matters such as Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, conflicts of interest, land acquisition and public contracts.
- Transbay Joint Powers Authority: SMW provides a wide spectrum of legal advice to this joint powers agency made up of the City and County of San Francisco and several regional transit agencies, including drafting interagency agreements for the acquisition of right-of-way, financing, construction and operation of a new multi-modal Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco and the extension of Caltrain in a tunnel from its current terminus to the new Transit Center.
- City of Livermore: The firm drafted agreements between the City and Alameda County creating land preservation incentives by allowing density bonuses for landowners willing to dedicate permanent conservation easements.
- San Francisco Federal Office Building: The firm represented the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in negotiating an agreement with the federal General Services Administration to prepare a joint environmental impact statement and environmental impact report for a recently completed federal office building, creating a framework for developing integrated impact assessment methodologies and creative project alternatives to address potential impacts.
- Sacramento Railyards: On behalf of the City of Sacramento, the firm drafted a memorandum of understanding among the City, DTSC and Southern Pacific regarding ongoing land use authority over this 240-acre brownfields site and a development agreement to govern development and cleanup of the 240 acre site.