2019 News

May 3, 2019

New Long Beach Location

In 2015, Olson Hagel & Fishburn launched our Long Beach office with an intent to better serve our Southern California clients and to expand our presence in the marketplace. Our Long Beach office has proven to be an overwhelming success – so much so that we have more than doubled our staff and have plans to grow even more. Notably, we have instituted procedures that give our clients the option of picking up and dropping off contributions and other items in either our Sacramento or Long Beach offices regardless of where the clients’ accounts are administered.

Given this success, we are excited to announce that our office is moving to a new location effective Monday, May 6, 2019. Our new Long Beach Office address will be:
555 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 420
Long Beach, CA 90802

As part of the move our Long Beach Office will be closing early at 1:00pm on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Beginning at 1 pm on Friday, our computer servers will be out of service and we will be unable to receive emails until Monday, May 6th. E-mails sent to our Long Beach Office while our servers are down will be routed as soon as the server is back online. If you anticipate needing to reach an attorney or staff person in our Long Beach Office or have other urgent needs after 1 pm on Friday, please notify us so we can make alternative arrangements to communicate with you.

As part of our move, we will be required to update committee records to reflect the change. We are working with software vendors and others to streamline this process to the extent possible. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, the move may require us to obtain signatures and other verifications from clients to update committee records.

Above all, we value the work we do on behalf of our clients and thank you for your continued confidence in our work. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or require further assistance.

Lance H. Olson, lance@olsonhagel.com
Richard R. Rios, rrios@olsonhagel.com
Lacey E. Keys, lacey@olsonhagel.com
Emily A. Andrews, emily@olsonhagel.com
Erika M. Boyd, erika@olsonhagel.com
Kelly Liang, kelly@olsonhagel.com
Megan W. Lasswell, megan@olsonhagel.com
Christine Dugger, christine@olsonhagel.com

April 30, 2019

Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Richard C. Miadich, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Miadich has been managing partner at Olson Hagel & Fishburn, LLP since 2016, where he was a partner from 2010 to 2016 and an associate attorney from 2005 to 2010. He was an associate attorney at Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall, LLP from 2003 to 2005. Miadich earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

April 14, 2019

Oroville Mayor Asked to Return Women Council Members to Committee Assignments

A law firm representing two Oroville City Council members has filed a request to Mayor Chuck Reynolds to change the way he conducts business at city council meetings.

Paperwork sent to the Mayor and the Oroville City Council by the law offices of Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP of Sacramento on April 10, 2019 says the firm represents councilmembers Janet Goodson and Linda Draper, who say they were removed from all of their committee assignments on March 19, 2019, without prior notice and without public discussion.

Goodson and Draper are the only women on the Oroville City Council.

In the letter, the lawyers demand that the Oroville City Council comply with the Brown Act. The attorneys also demanded the city correct the action within 30 days. If the city does not correct the action the firm says it will take legal action.

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April 11, 2019

Two Oroville councilors send cease and desist letter to mayor

OROVILLE — City councilors Linda Draper and Janet Goodson have issued a letter of cease and desist through their attorney to Mayor Chuck Reynolds and the other members of the Oroville City Council that says they believe the mayor was in violation of California’s Brown Act.

The Brown Act requires California’s local governments to provide public access to meetings.

Goodson and Draper, through their attorney Deborah Caplan, have said Reynolds was in violation of the law when he removed them from all of their committees at the meeting on March 19 without giving notice to the public outside of the city’s typical agenda item which simply reads "Appointments to council and local committees. Mayor Reynolds may make appointments to various committees and boards."

Oroville City Attorney Scott Huber said he had no comment on the letter, but did say he had received it Wednesday evening and hopes to discuss it with the council in closed session on Tuesday before the council’s next meeting.

The cease and desist letter also cites the ruling in San Diegans v. City of Oceanside (2016) in which the court ruled that local government agendas "must give the public a fair chance to participate in matter of particular or general concern by providing the public with more than mere clues from which they must then guess or surmise the essential nature of the business to be considered."

The letter also cites a violation of Government Code section 54954.3(a), which requires members of the public be given the opportunity to speak on any agenda item while it is being considered.

It requests that the council takes immediate action — within 30 days — to "cure or correct" the violations outlined, and request that it come into compliance with the requirements surrounding public comment.

It also notes that a separate letter will be sent at some point in the future addressing "the substance of the mayor’s actions" and that Article VI of the Oroville city charter requires appointment and removal of officers must be made by a 5/7 vote.

At the end of the letter, Caplan notes that if the council fails to take action, it could be subject to further legal action, "including an award of costs and attorney fees to enforce the provisions of the Brown Act."


Image: Left to right, Oroville Mayor Chuck Reynolds and council members Janet Goodson, Eric J. Smith and Linda Draper, along with the rest of the City Council (not pictured) attend a City Council meeting earlier this month. Goodson and Draper have recently been removed from the committees on which they served. (Robin Epley — Enterprise-Record)

April 1, 2019

Olson Hagel & Fishburn, LLP announces new Partner

Olson Hagel & Fishburn, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Andrews as a partner of the firm. Emily has been practicing law since 2011 and joined the firm in 2013 as part of its Political Reporting and Compliance Unit. Emily’s expertise is in advising labor unions, non-profit associations, candidates, political parties, state and local ballot measure committees, lobbying entities and others about the complex laws that govern the political and governmental processes.

"Emily is a fantastic attorney and we are so excited to have her join the partnership," said Richard Rios, the firm’s managing partner.

Prior to joining Olson Hagel & Fishburn, Emily was a solo practitioner in San Francisco advising mostly local clients on compliance with local campaign finance rules. Emily is a graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, where she served as an editor of the law review. Prior to attending law school, she worked for a political consulting firm in Chicago organizing political fundraising events for local, state and national candidates. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago. She is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and lover of travel. She and her husband Dean are proud residents of Sacramento.

Emily is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association and she is active in the Association’s Regulatory and Legislative committees. In addition, Emily is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Sacramento.

Emily joins partners Lance Olson, Richard Rios and Lacey Keys. Olson Hagel & Fishburn, LLP has been advising political action committees, lobbyists, government agencies, and elected officials on campaign finance compliance, lobbyist and ethics reporting and ballot measure campaigns for more than forty years. The firm also has a successful litigation practice that represents clients in local, state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings.


2018 News

July 5, 2018

Judge needs more time to review SDSU West's stadium ballot initiative

Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp said she needed more time Thursday to review if SDSU West’s stadium initiative can go on the November ballot. The decision was another twist concerning dueling efforts to remake the site where the San Diego Chargers once played.

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June 25 & 26, 2018

Sacramento Regional Conference

Speaker: Lacey Keys. Location: Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.