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California Water Commission Working on Inventory of State Water Storage Projects

As chair of the California Water Commission, I spoke last week at the inaugural Delta Stewardship Council Interagency Implementation Committee on the actions the Commission has taken, in collaboration with ACWA and the Delta...more

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

Florida I-595 Express Lanes Open

On March 26, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) celebrated the grand opening of the $1.2 billion I-595 Express Corridor Improvements Project (Project) in Broward County, Florida. The Project is the nation’s...more

Public Finance: New York State Establishes New Procedure for Claiming Sales Tax Exemptions for Industrial Development Agency...

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance ("NYSDTF") has established a new procedure for claiming sales tax exemptions for Industrial Development Agency ("IDA") projects. Beginning June 1, 2014, companies that...more

TIGER roars again! $600 million in funding available for transportation projects

The Department of Transportation ("DOT") is once again soliciting requests for surface transportation infrastructure projects. This began in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act”) under the Grants...more

New Energy Project Opportunities in Southern California Now Clearer

Opportunities to develop new energy projects in Southern Californi — whether conventional generation, renewable resource, demand response, or energy storage — became clearer last week as the result of an order issued by the...more

California High Speed Rail Authority Gains New Approvals to Move Project Forward: Eminent Domain Proceedings Commenced on Eight...

Despite recent obstacles, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) remains steadfast in its determination to complete the high-speed rail project (the “Project”), bolstered by recent approvals from various...more

FDOT Receives Financial Proposals from Four Teams for I-4 Ultimate Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced yesterday that it received four financial proposals in response to a Request for Proposals issued by FDOT on October 11, 2013 for the I-4 Ultimate Project. On June 5,...more

LAO Recommends Additional Improvements to Governor’s Initiative to Expand Scope of Infrastructure Financing Districts

As part of California’s 2014-2015 budget, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the expansion of infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), a funding mechanism for communitywide infrastructure and development projects that has...more

Mitigate Early and Often: Four Public Agency Strategies for Streamlining Projects

BB&K's Steven Anderson and Lucas Quass Offer Tips for Environmental Mitigation - Like private development, public projects must frequently obtain and comply with a variety of state and federal regulatory permits. Too...more

OIG updated work plan includes review of CFPB headquarters renovation

Since issuing its work plan updated as of January 21, 2014, the only new notable item added by the by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to its work plan updated as of March 3, 2014 is an evaluation of the CFPB’s...more

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

DOI Secretary Jewell Announces Two Utility-Scale Solar Projects in California and Nevada

Secretary Jewell, of the Department of Interior, announced approval of two utility-scale solar projects located on the California-Nevada border. The Stateline Solar Project will be located in the Mojave Desert in San...more

Redevelopment 2.0 -- Infrastructure Financing Districts Approved for Redevelopment Project Areas

Despite being destroyed and dismantled, redevelopment in California has been born once again, this time reincarnated under the name of "Infrastructure Financing Districts." Last week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 471,...more

City of Bakersfield Secures Early Release of $180 million in Federal Funding for Centennial Corridor and 24th Street Widening...

The City of Bakersfield can now purchase property in the path of the Centennial Corridor Project between the Westside Parkway and Highway 58. Under the early acquisition federal program, the City of Bakersfield may purchase...more

Charter Cities Challenge Legislation Restricting Access to State Funding Based on Compliance with Prevailing Wage Law

Cities Sue State Calling SB 7 an Unconstitutional Restriction on Municipal Affairs - Several California charter cities challenged the constitutionality of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) last week by filing a writ of mandate and...more

Arizona DOT Issues RFI for South Mountain Freeway Project

Yesterday the Arizona Department of Transportation issued to the P3 and design-build industry a Request for Information for the South Mountain Freeway project. ADOT is seeking perspective and feedback from lead developers,...more

High Speed Rail Decision on Track for Review at Court of Appeal

Last Friday, Governor Brown’s administration (the “Petitioners”) filed a petition for extraordinary writ of mandate and application for temporary stay with the California Supreme Court, challenging Superior Court Judge...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

Governor's Budget Proposal Throws a Life Preserver to the High-Speed Rail Project

On the heels of Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenney’s decision halting an $8 billion bond sale for the construction of the California high-speed rail (“HSR”) project, Governor Jerry Brown has submitted a...more

2014 Land Use Program - Northern California

In this presentation: - Legislative CEQA Reform Efforts - Selected CEQA Case Law Developments - Land Use Developments - What’s Happening in Tracy? - Overview and Purpose - Site...more

Wind Project "Take" Permits Extended To 30 Years - Eagles Nonplussed

Tomorrow bald and golden eagles will sleep less soundly. On January 8 the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new rule revising the regulations for permits for the taking of golden eagles and bald eagles goes into effect. ...more

SB 692 Expands Public Services that May be Financed by a Community Facilities District, Among Other Changes

January 1 Changes to Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and Marks-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act - Senate Bill 692, effective January 1, 2014, makes several changes to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and the...more

County Application for Jail Expansion State Funding Not a “Project” Requiring CEQA Review

In 2011, after the state legislature approved realignment legislation and funds to shift low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails, Orange County (“County”) applied for state funding to expand its jail facility...more

New California Statutes Potentially Increase Contractors’ and Subcontractors’ Liability Exposure Under the Prevailing Wage Law

California has enacted several statues, effective January 1, 2014, which will likely increase contractors’ and subcontractors’ exposure to claims for prevailing wage violations on public works projects. Under the Prevailing...more

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