Katherine Contreras

Katherine Contreras

Nossaman LLP

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Looming Right of Way Certification Deadline Threatens Butte County Project

Right of Way Certification is a key project milestone; not only does it mean a project is ready for advertising but obtaining certification by a certain date is often a prerequisite for funding. Tying certification to...more

5/6/2015 - Eminent Domain Municipalities Public Projects

Court Clarifies Rules for Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in Eminent Domain Actions

In California eminent domain actions, the parties are required to exchange formal settlement proposals 20 days before trial. If the case proceeds to trial, the property owner may recover litigation expenses if its demand was...more

5/5/2015 - Attorney's Fees Cal Code of Civil Procedure Caltrans Eminent Domain Property Owners Proposal for Settlement

Caltrans and Temecula Join Forces to Relieve I-15 Congestion

The City of Temecula is moving forward with the French Valley Parkway. The project involves constructio of a new arterial, as well as improvements to the I-15 Winchester Road interchange. Phase I of the project included...more

4/2/2015 - Caltrans Construction Industry Highways Infrastructure Request for Proposals

Lake Elsinore to use Eminent Domain to Expand Serenity Park

On Tuesday, the Lake Elsinore City Council adopted a Resolution of Necessity to acquire a 2+ acre property in order to expand Serenity Park. As Michael Williams describes in his article “City hopes to take over boat launch,”...more

3/12/2015 - Eminent Domain Municipalities Public Parks

2014 Eminent Domain Year in Review & 2015 Forecast

At first it seemed 2014 had been a relatively slow year for eminent domain cases. But looking back, there was more activity than we initially recalled. There were few decisions that provided any dramatic shift in the...more

3/10/2015 - Affirmative Defenses CA Supreme Court Eminent Domain Farms Horne v USDA Nollan v California Coastal Commission Private Property Rights Public Access Laws Takings

How Hard Does it Have to Rain Before the Government is Liable for a “Condemnation Cloud?”

Public projects take years of planning and environmental review usually involving outreach to neighboring property owners and other stakeholders. During this process, potential right of way impacts are identified and property...more

2/25/2015 - Condemnation Property Owners Property Valuation Public Projects

CTC Makes First Allocations of 2015 But California’s Infrastructure Future is Murky

At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state.  Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more

1/27/2015 - CTC Highway Trust Fund Highways Infrastructure Jerry Brown Ports Public Projects Roads

41 Projects Get Funding at CTC December Meeting

The California Transportation Commission met in Riverside on Wednesday. On the agenda was the allocation of $254 million in funding for transportation projects throughout the state. You can read Caltrans’ press release...more

12/16/2014 - Caltrans Highways Infrastructure State Funding Surface Transportation

City of Needles may use Eminent Domain for I-40 Connector Project

According to Robin Richard’s article, “Needles May Exercise Eminent Domain to make way for Highway 95 Connector,” the City of Needles is considering adopting Resolutions of Necessity to acquire 14 parcels for its long-planned...more

11/14/2014 - Commercial Property Owners Construction Industry Easements Eminent Domain Highways Property Owners Public Projects

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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