Seth Merewitz

Seth Merewitz

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SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review - After several attempts, the California Department of Finance successfully pushed forward new legislation to...more

10/12/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Bonds Department of Finance Due Diligence Governor Brown Redevelopment Successor Agencies

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law - Since the demise of redevelopment in 2012, and the assurance of a “replacement” by Gov. Jerry Brown, we have been waiting. We saw valiant efforts by...more

10/2/2015 - Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities (CRIAs) Governor Brown Redevelopment Tax Credits

Despite Delays, California Cities Moving Forward on Selling Redevelopment Properties

In the three years since California cities were forced to halt redevelopment projects, there is still much confusion as to how the process will proceed and how cities will deal with the sale of parcels, which range from...more

8/24/2015 - Commercial Real Estate Market Redevelopment

New Law Promotes Social Infrastructure P3 in a California City

SB 562 is a special law intended to clarify procedures that allows the City of Long Beach to move forward with its new Civic Center project. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug.11, this law provides the City with discretion on...more

8/18/2015 - Design-Build Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects

More Than $200 Million Available to Support California Businesses

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development will award more than $200 million in California Competes Tax Credits within the next year. The tax credits are for businesses that want to move to California, or...more

7/23/2015 - Applications Economic Development Tax Credits

Community-Based P3 Programs for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Partnerships between the public and private sector can help improve and sustain the ability of local governments to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain various infrastructure. ...more

7/22/2015 - Clean Water Act EPA Green Energy Green Procurement Policy Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Storm Water

Housing and Sustainability Projects in California Awarded Millions

The Strategic Growth Council approved nearly $122 million in grants for 28 affordable housing and sustainability projects across California, according to an article in the California Planning & Development Report. This...more

7/8/2015 - Affordable Housing Cap-and-Trade Community Development Grants Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy Urban Planning & Development

An Air of Cooperation: The Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan and its Implications for Local Governments and Agencies

The California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, first published by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2008 and updated in 2011, outlines California’s strategic goals to increase energy efficiency across myriad...more

6/30/2015 - Climate Action Plan Energy Efficiency Net-Energy Metering Public Utilities Commission Real Estate Development

CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All

The City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Participants to create public-private partnerships to build a fiber-to-the-premises network that would offer gigabit-level speeds to residents and businesses at significantly...more


Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market

As opportunities grow for public-private partnership procurement, political risk is the main threat to P3 projects. To sustain and grow the P3 market, the benefits will have to be communicated to elected officials and the...more

6/25/2015 - Construction Industry Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Procurement Policies

Understanding The 4 “Ps” Before The P3 (Public-PRIVATE Partnership)

When Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Sr. was the governor of California (1959 to 1967), major infrastructure projects were being constructed throughout the state. Today, under Governor Jerry Brown, communities are struggling to fund...more

6/16/2015 - Infrastructure Jerry Brown Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects

Santa Paula’s Water Recycling Facility Purchase Caps Successful Public-Private Partnership

The City of Santa Paula’s decision to purchase its much-touted and award-winning water recycling facility highlights how this pioneering public-private partnership project has proven to be a triumphant model of risk...more

5/20/2015 - Municipalities Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects Recycling Water Projects

Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities - Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce...more

2/19/2015 - Economic Development Financing Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Public Projects

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

12/15/2014 - Broadband CPUC Government-Guaranteed Loans Grants Public Housing

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private...

Four bills affecting infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism for infrastructure and development projects that benefit the broader community, were recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. IFDs, created in 1990,...more

10/7/2014 - Affordable Housing Broadband Economic Development Environmental Policies Infrastructure Jerry Brown Manufacturing Facilities New Legislation Public Projects Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing Tax Revenues

GO-Biz Announces $150 Million in Tax Credits Available for FY 2014-15

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), serves as California’s single point-of-contact for economic development and job creation efforts, and administers the California Competes Tax Credit...more

9/19/2014 - Economic Development Job Creation Tax Credits

How to Land Projects in California

Until recently, California’s state-level economic development cupboard was looking a little bare — its 400 redevelopment agencies were dissolved in February 2012, property tax increment financing has been discontinued and...more

9/15/2014 - Economic Development Infrastructure Property Tax State Taxes Tax Credits

Highlights from the Build America P3 Infrastructure Investment Summit

Note: This is an update to our prior posts tracking the Administration unveiling of its plan to deploy approximately $50 billion dollars of private capital designated for improved U.S. infrastructure The Obama...more

9/11/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

U.S. is Potentially the Largest Market for P3’s in the World

The Moody’s Investors Service in its “Global P3 Landscape” report release this week concludes that “given the sheer size of its infrastructure and growing urban population, the U.S. has the potential of becoming the largest...more

9/11/2014 - Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature

Gov. Jerry Brown’s vision for “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts” was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting Brown’s signature. SB 628 (Beall, D-Campbell), a gut-and-amend bill passed in the last week of the...more

9/3/2014 - Bond Financing Bonds Infrastructure Municipalities New Legislation Public Projects

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

7/21/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

Secondary Real Estate Markets are Worth a Second Look

Matthew Cypher’s (@MatthewCypher) recent article for Urban Land Magazine entitled “The Risk and Reward of Investing in Secondary Markets” argues that while “gateway markets” (Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los...more

6/25/2014 - Real Estate Investments Real Estate Market Secondary Markets

Post-Redevelopment Creativity: Public Benefit Incentive Zoning

Many communities are trying to retain and attract businesses to provide economic development and jobs. With the loss of tax increment financing in California, and constrained local budgets, identifying incentives is more...more

5/28/2014 - Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing Urban Planning & Development

USDA Announces Economic Development Grants to Rural Communities

Applications due June 13 for grants that will promote sustainable economic development - New grants from the United States Department of Agriculture will help promote sustainable economic development in rural...more

5/12/2014 - Department of Agriculture Economic Development Farms Rural Development USDA

California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects

Counties Can Now Use Construction Management At-Risk - Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any...more

4/8/2014 - Construction Contracts Procurement Guidelines Public Procurement Policies Public Projects

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