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The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

Land Use, Zoning and Other Local Policies to Promote Economic Development - League of California Cities Webinar: New Tools for...

In This Presentation: • Public Agency Approach • Existing Local Authority • Public Private Partnerships • Redevelopment/Economic Development • Public Infrastructure - Excerpt from Public Agency...more

Focus on Landlords - Key Landlord Lease Issues

Landlords want to have a protective lease form, but tenants hate a 70+ page “killer” lease. A shorter lease can help a landlord quickly sign tenants, just make sure it covers key points. Here are some to think about. ...more

Catching Up with Winding Down: The Status of California Redevelopment Successor Agencies

Successor agencies to California’s dissolved Redevelopment Agencies (“RDAs”) continue to wind down the operations of the former RDAs under the supervision of oversight boards pursuant to Assembly Bill X1 26 (“AB 26”) as...more

The Founding of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert (1963-2013)

Founded in Honolulu in 1963 by Frank Damon, a Hawai‘i-born descendant of missionaries from New England, and Henry Shigekane, the son of Japanese immigrants, Damon & Shigekane pioneered new territory by crossing ethnic lines —...more

California Manufacturing Growth Spurs Industrial Sector

The US economy may be experiencing slow growth but that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs in certain sectors. The industrial sector in California is one area that offers signs of potential future growth. That’s the...more

Seller's Guide for Environmental Due Diligence

As a follow-up to the article that appeared in our February 2012 Global Automotive Newsletter, "Purchaser’s Guide for Conducting Environmental Due Diligence," this Seller’s Guide will discuss several due diligence tips that...more

New Maine Tax Legislation for 2012

This year’s short legislative session produced significant new tax laws dealing with all of Maine’s major taxes, as well as increased legislative oversight of Maine Revenue and dynamic fiscal analysis. Below is a brief...more

Could Zoning Issues Stop Your New York or New Jersey Business Cold?

When selecting a business operation location for your New York or New Jersey business, there are a number of important factors to consider. While issues like cost, visibility, and convenience often make it to the top of...more

Fire Engineers, Models and Hired Guns

In Australia engineers can be found accountable in common law, under statute in certain contexts and in some jurisdictions they can be found liable for professional misconduct. This paper will focus upon the emerging...more

Building surveying fees and the race to the bottom

For those who are antagonistic about the imposition of a minimum level of fee regulation I say this - when Building Surveyors are afforded time and resources to do the job properly, the as-built product will be superior. ...more

Delivery Services: Hemp Publications Monograph No. 1

Delivery Services Hemp Publications Monograph No. 1 Delivery Services is a 50-page 8 1/2" x 5" spiral-bound in-depth study that details the seven steps necessary to start a legal medical marijuana delivery service in...more

Leasing Issues For Franchisors And Franchisees

Franchises (especially nationally recognized ones) can be valuable tenants for any project. However, when leasing to a franchisee, a landlord must recognize that these entities require special consideration. This article...more

Breast Feeding Condo Battles

Former police officer, Felina Rakowski-Gallagher, decided to open a breast feeding establishment in Manhattan eleven years ago, so that women would have a place to go for practical advice on breast feeding. After her business...more

Massachusetts Court Invalidates Build-to-Suit Lease Under Construction Bid Laws

Massachusetts' highest court recently ruled that a long-term lease of a build-to-suit dormitory facility to the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UMass Lowell), violated the Commonwealth's public construction bid laws,...more

Zoning and Privatization of Virginia’s ABC Stores

In his campaign, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell proposed privatization of the state-owned ABC (liquor) stores as one way to raise revenue without raising taxes. It is important to remember that taking a use that is now...more

Implementing a Corporate Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Policy: Benefits and Challenges

Table of Contents I. Executive Summary...4 II. The Evolution of Free, Prior, And Informed Consent in International Law and Voluntary Initiatives...9 A. International Legal Standards...9 B. Standards Directly Applicable to...more

The Power of Kings re Eminent Domain

I serve as General Counsel to Small Business and Government clients. I draft and negotiate all contracts that are approved by the respective boards. Prior to law school I served as an elected public official wherein in...more

San Diego County Water Authority Solar Power Projects Request for Proposals

The San Diego County Water Authority ("Water Authority") seeks proposals from qualified firms or a consortium of firms to design, install, own, operate and maintain solar power systems at facilities owned by the Water...more

Forming the Affordable Housing Nonprofit Developer, By Brent C. Shaffer

Given the desire of many to increase the production of simple, decent housing at low cost, it is ironic that the more affordable the housing, the more elaborate and complex is the task to build it. This truism holds for...more

New Markets Tax Credits----The New Brownfields Development Tool

The federal government has created many tools for economic stimulus, but none that foster public-private partnerships as New Markets Tax Credits do. New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”) are distributed through a federal program...more

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