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CA Cities and Counties File Amicus Brief to Support Injunction Against Attempt to Defund “Sanctuary Jurisdictions.”


The opposition to President Trump’s attempt to defund “sanctuary jurisdictions” is expanding.

On March 22, 2017, fourteen California cities and counties filed an amicus brief in support of the motions for preliminary injunction filed by Santa Clara and San Francisco in the federal court in San Francisco. They are joined by fifteen other groups that filed amicus briefs to support the motions.

The Court will hear Santa Clara’s motion for preliminary injunction on April 5, 2017, and San Francisco’s motion on April 12, 2017.

The amicus brief was filed by the County of Alameda, City of Berkeley, City of Davis, City of East Palo Alto, City of Fremont, County of Marin, County of Monterey, City of Mountain View, City of Oakland, City of Richmond, City of Salinas, City of San Jose, City of Santa Cruz and City of Santa Rosa. The amicus brief is attached here.

The cities and counties argue that, like Santa Clara and San Francisco, they face irreparable harm from the Trump Executive Order, which violates the Separation of Powers, the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment and the Tenth Amendment. The amicus brief makes the following points:

  • Cities and counties exist not for their own sake, but for the sake of residents, many of them vulnerable, whose welfare they are charged with protecting and nourishing.
  • This is budget season and cities and counties must pass balanced budgets by June 30. For many cities, federal funds provide the lion’s share to support low cost housing, public transit, community centers, job training, infrastructure improvements and other programs. For counties, federal funds provide a safety net for health care and other human services.
  • The fear of losing federal funds – or worse, not receiving reimbursement for services already provided – is well founded. Among other things, the Executive Order broadly directs the Attorney General to take action against “any entity” that “has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.” Department of Homeland Security reports already identify states, cities and counties throughout the country as potential sanctuary jurisdictions.
  • Some cities and counties have explicit policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, consistent with state and federal law. Others may have no explicit policy at all, but nonetheless may end up on the federal government’s list of “sanctuary” jurisdictions given the breadth of the Executive Order.

For more information, please contact Linda Ross (, 510-995-5807) or Jon Holtzman (, 415-678-3807).

Congratulations Sabrina Thomas, The New 2017 SCBA President!

Happy 2017 to you and yours! We are thrilled to start the year with some good news: the team at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai is proud to congratulate our own Sabrina Thomas, the 2017 President of the Sacramento County Bar Association!

Sabrina takes on this esteemed role after years of leadership in SCBA, including seven years on the Board of Directors, most recently as First Vice President in 2016. Sabrina joined Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai in 2010 as senior counsel in the Sacramento office, specializing in employment law and litigation, workplace investigations, discrimination claims, and retirement law. Prior to joining the firm, Sabrina worked for CalPERS’ legal office, and for private law firms in San Francisco and Boston.

Starting her presidency off strong, Sabrina has vowed to use this leadership role to strengthen the SCBA’s outreach to the community, and increase the diversity of its members.

Congratulations, Sabrina—Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai is proud to have you on our team.

Don’t miss us at CalPELRA 2016!

Exhibit Booth

Visit us at booth #30 located in the Marriott. Stop by and drop off your business card to win a Portable Battery charger for smart phones and Ipods.

RSHS Sessions

Wednesday Nov 2; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Marriott, Ferrantes Bay View (10th Floor)

Getting To Yes… Or No Internally: Tips For Creating A Process To Identify Your Decision-Makers In Negotiations
Allyson Hauck

Wednesday Nov 2, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM; San Carlos 2

Getting Ready For The Big One (And All The Little Ones): Disaster Preparedness For Human Resources 
Jonathan Holtzman

Wednesday Nov 2, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM; San Carlos 2

Managing Workplace Investigations To Avoid Legal Challenges
Jeff Sloan

Thursday, Nov 3, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Portola

Carving Out A Better Solution: The Alternative To Workers’ Compensation That’s Working
Jim Libien

Thursday, Nov 3, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM; San Carlos 4

Mediation As An Art Form: How Mediation Gets To Agreement
Jonathan Holtzman

Thursday, Nov 3, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM; De Anza 3

What City Managers Want From Their Human Resources Directors / What City Managers Need From Their Human Resources Directors
Bob Deis

Friday, Nov 4, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM; Ferrantes Bay View (10th floor) (Marriott)

On Strike! The Nuts And Bolts Of Responding To A Public Employee Strike
Erich Shiners and Timothy Yeung


MMANC 2016 Annual Conference

This year at MMANC Partner Allyson Hauck and Of Counsel Judith Propp will be co-presenting a session on Contract Negotiations and PMG Consultant Bob Deis and Allyson will be presenting a session on the impact City Managers can have on their City.

Negotiating Contracts for Employment and Services in the Public Sector.
Monday, October 10, 2016, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Negotiating contracts – outside of labor negotiations – is an important aspect of government administration. From negotiating employment contracts with high-level unrepresented employees to negotiating contracts for services with consultants and Joint Powers Authorities, it is important to create a clear understanding of expectations of the contractual relationship and the development and negotiation of the contract provides that opportunity. The negotiation of the agreement is often the first opportunity your agency has to interact and work together with the contracting party.
This session will provide an opportunity to learn pitfalls to avoid to protect your agency and best practices to ensure you get the contractual relationship off to the right start.
Nina Morris Collins, Human Resources Director, City of Hayward
Allyson Hauck, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP

If City Managers Ruled the World
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

The premise for this presentation is taken from Benjamin Barber’s book, “If Mayors Ruled The World”. He says that our country’s cities are the key to good governance in our country largely due to the role of Mayor’s in cities. He believes that Mayors are largely unburdened by partisan politics, must demonstrate a non-partisan pragmatic style of solving problems and earn the trust of the citizenry.
Can CM’s fulfill the same role? Our premise is, yes! And the panel explains how the City Manager and office can do this by examining case studies e.g. Concord, Stockton and Oxnard, CA. They range from a case that exemplifies the “non-partisan pragmatic style of solving problems” (Concord) to a complete transformation back to good governance (Stockton).
The panel will discuss how City Managers and staff can effectuate change in an era of rising personnel costs, labor unrest and political challenges by evaluating and rethinking organizational cultures and norms, rebuilding basic systems, planning strategically, stepping outside your comfort zone and reflecting the leadership required to make change happen in a challenging environment.
Bob Deis, Senior Consultant, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai
Jovan Grogan, Deputy City Manager, City of Concord
Allyson Hauck, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai