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Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly - Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As drafted, Senate Bill 649 would give wireless providers a significant advantage over local government in negotiating the placement of small cells in the public right of way and on public property. Cities that have an...more

Cities Plan for Future of Autonomous Cars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles. NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles. Now, the...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

New P3 Opportunities for Government Technology

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are frequently associated with physical infrastructure, P3s are inherently flexible and can be utilized for the time and cost-effective delivery of virtually any public good or...more

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

EPA Identifies First Ten Chemical Substances For Evaluation Under New TSCA

As we outlined earlier this year, the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) was recently updated to provide EPA with much broader authority to regulate “existing” chemical substances (i.e., those that are already in use in...more

Infraestructura para vehículos eléctricos: tierra fértil para las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

En 2006, el documental “Who killed the electric car?“ (¿Quién mató al automóvil eléctrico?) llegó a los cines. Diez años después, aún existe considerable desacuerdo sobre la respuesta a esa pregunta, pero ha salido a la luz...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development....more

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

by Benesch on

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

OpenStreetMap Publishes Collective Database Guidelines (Examples Included)

by Williams Mullen on

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world based upon data contributed by volunteers from around the globe. It is operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation on behalf of the volunteer community. OpenStreetMap and the data are...more

HUD Proposes Requirement for Broadband Installation in HUD-Financed Multifamily Housing

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Much has been written about the “digital divide” – the connectivity gap between demographics and regions that have access to the internet, and those that do not have access or have restricted access. Fewer than half of...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

by Baker Donelson on

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

FAA Releases Guidelines For Local Regulation Of Drones

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In the past few years unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, have grown in popularity and availability. With the proliferation of drones comes some difficult privacy and public safety questions for school...more

Technology and the Future of Cities: Oklahoma City's Innovation District: The new knowledge hub

by McAfee & Taft on

Civic and community leaders in Oklahoma City are developing an Innovation District. An Innovation District is a development based on the premise that economic growth, job creation, and innovation can be fostered through the...more

The Life Sciences Lease: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Leases often form the start of a long term relationship between a landlord and tenant. This dynamic is much more critical in the life sciences context, and the process of lease negotiation and implementation requires...more

SBA Considers Public Comments on Proposed Size Standard Increases to NAICS Codes 562910 and 541519

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

According to the pre-publication, the SBA will adopt most of the proposed changes with two key exceptions. The SBA is not increasing the Environmental Remediation Services (“ERS”) exception under NAICS 562910 from 500...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

by White & Case LLP on

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

Washington State Department of Ecology Proposes GHG Limits in “Clean Air Rule”

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) kicked off what promises to be a busy year in state-level greenhouse gas (“GHG”) regulation by releasing a first draft of the Washington Clean Air Rule (the “Rule” or the...more

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