Katherine Contreras

Katherine Contreras

Nossaman LLP

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City of Pittsburg, CA moves forward on controversial Donlon Blvd. Project

The Contra Costa Times reported last week that the City of Pittsburg certified the environmental document for the Donlon Boulevard extension after nearly two decades of trying. Although the vote was unanimous, the project...more

10/22/2014 - Infrastructure Roads Urban Planning & Development

Public Projects and Business Losses – Who Gets What and When?

Most of us have been inconvenienced by road construction or other public works. Streets can be more congested, exits closed, and traffic re-routed, making it more difficult to get to the restaurants, yogurt shops, book...more

10/8/2014 - Business Valuations Calculation of Damages Damages Eminent Domain Goodwill Public Projects Restaurant Industry Retailers Takings

Appraisal Institute Announces new "Standards of Valuation Practice"

Last week, the Appraisal Institute unveiled its Standards of Valuation Practice (SVP). SVP will not replace USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) -- which have long-been the mainstay of appraisal...more

9/3/2014 - Appraisal USPAP Valuation

Keeping its Options Open: Lodi Passes Resolution of Necessity as Negotiations Continue

As we have reported in the past, public agencies are often faced with deadlines to secure possession of necessary right of way and ensure project funding. Given the amount of time it takes to secure possession through the...more

8/11/2014 - Negotiations Public Projects

Fremont Latest California City Seeking to Reinvent its Downtown

Undaunted by the so-called "death of redevelopment," several California cities have pushed to reinvent -- a.k.a. redevelop -- their downtown cores. And it appears to be working....more

7/18/2014 - Economic Development Municipalities Real Estate Development Redevelopment

Optimistic that the Willits Bypass will move forward, Caltrans seeks input on its "child projects"

As reported in the Willits News, Caltrans is going forward with public workshops for the Sherwood Road Intersection Project, one of four "child projects" of the Willits Bypass project, which is anticipated to increase the...more

7/11/2014 - Caltrans Infrastructure Public Transit

CTC Meeting Brings Good News for Transportation Projects Around the State

As reported in Caltrans District 11's press release, there is much good news coming out of California Transportation Commission's meeting last week. First, thanks to a new state budget that increased transportation funding...more

7/1/2014 - Caltrans Infrastructure State Budgets State Funding Surface Transportation Trucking Industry

California Passenger Rail Summit

Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an...more

4/9/2014 - Infrastructure Public Transit Railways

Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You

On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission allocated $334 Million to 53 projects around the state. As one Caltrans press release puts it, "Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and...more

3/25/2014 - Infrastructure Roads

President Obama Touts $302 Billion for Nation's Infrastructure

In hopes of modernizing the nation's infrastructure, President Obama revealed a plan to invest $302 billion in transportation over the next four years. As reported in Politico , the President hopes the additional funds will...more

3/4/2014 - Highways Infrastructure Public Projects

Commuting in California May Just Get a Bit Easier

The California Transportation Commission allocated $138 million to 32 projects around the state at its January 29th, 2014, meeting. As Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty put it...more

2/3/2014 - Department of Transportation Public Transit

City of Benicia Moves Forward with Potential Eminent Domain for Bus Hub Project

The City of Benicia recently secured funding to build the Benicia Industrial Park Bus Hub, a project that has been on the City's drawing board for years. But there are still some hurdles to construction. The City will need...more

1/24/2014 - Eminent Domain Public Transit

California Transportation Commission Allocates $359 Million to Upgrade California's Infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission announced this week that it has awarded $359 million to help fund 36 projects in California. Some of the projects receiving funding include...more

10/10/2013 - Infrastructure

California Rewarded for Keeping Transportation Projects on Track

Caltrans just announced that California will be receiving $155 million in extra funding for launching its new construction projects before federal deadlines. Caltrans will receive about $97 million of that award, with local...more

9/23/2013 - Caltrans Federal Funding Funding Infrastructure Public Projects Public Transit

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