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The Trump Infrastructure Plan

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding what President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan will be. What is certain is that: 1.) things will move quickly in Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks and 2.) now is the time...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Senator Stabenow Introduces Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

This fall, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced plans to introduce the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016, legislation that would support urban farming initiatives and increase access to healthy food. “Urban agriculture is...more

2016 Water Legislation Reaches New Areas & Sets the Stage for President-Elect Trump

In enacting the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act,” Congress expanded the traditional role of Water Resource Development Acts. Where past legislation focused solely on water and navigation projects to be...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 9th, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 9, 2016 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week, so we will keep things short . . ....more

New Executive Order on Zika Virus Extends Tolling Period Available for Certain Development Permits and Approvals

On June 23, 2016 Governor Scott issued Executive Order 16-149 declaring a state of emergency in certain Florida counties due to the threat posed by the Zika virus. That state of emergency was extended in August and October...more

Some Local Government Responses to New Virginia Proffer Statute Concern Developers

Applicants and local governments continue to grapple with the best way to apply the proffer legislation revisions enacted in 2016 by the Virginia General Assembly. In a recent meeting of the Local Government Attorneys of...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

I'm dreaming of a White Paper…

With an unusually warm 25th December forecast this year, the prospect of a white Christmas looks slim, but with the government's Housing White Paper due in early 2017 (The Year of the Rooster!), we consider what we might...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Perry for top U.S. energy job - Reuters - Dec 15 - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department...more

State Density Bonus Law Debuts in San Francisco

The San Francisco Planning Commission took a major step on December 8, 2016, by approving the first market rate housing project to utilize the State Density Bonus law. The State law, which has been in effect for almost...more

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

The Northern Powerhouse and wider opportunities for Chinese investment in UK infrastructure

On 10 November, the eighth UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, a two day event aimed at further deepening the countries' trade relationship, was brought to a conclusion. In addition to roundtable talks on trade,...more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...more

Prop. 64 – The Basics: Q&A on Marijuana Legalization

Last week, Best Best & Krieger presented the first in a series of webinars on Proposition 64 and marijuana legalization in California. Such an interesting topic yielded many questions — some of which we have selected to...more

Clean Power Plan's Future in Jeopardy Under Trump

During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump vowed to scrap President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule. The CPP is the cornerstone of President Obama's environmental legacy. The rule establishes the first national...more

Forecast for Energy and Environment Regulations

President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the...more

New Executive Order for Hurricane Matthew Adds to Tolling Period for Certain Development Approval Extensions

On October 3, 2016, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 16-230 declaring a 60-day state of emergency throughout the entire State of Florida, due to the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew. On December 1, 2016, the Governor...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

Early Views on the US Energy and Infrastructure Sectors Under a Trump Administration

Energy and infrastructure policy was as at the forefront of the presidential election discussion and has continued to be highlighted as a focus for the Trump administration. Here, we take an early look at how a Trump...more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...more

Projecting the Future: Court Upholds Listing for Bearded Seals - Ninth Circuit Decision Based on Projections of Climate Change...

In Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Pritzker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a rule listing two species of seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) based on climate change...more

Update on Permit Extensions Under Toxic Algae Bloom Emergency Declaration

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides a right to extend the duration of certain state and local permits when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. On June 29 and June 30, 2016, the Governor declared a state of...more

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