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2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Flood or Fire: The Montecito Claims

by Selman Breitman LLP on

What is the Efficient Proximate Cause of the Devastating Mudslides in Southern California? At first glance, the destruction in Montecito, California and other areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties on Monday, January...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump administration reverses course on PACE financing - Greentech Media - Dec 27 In December, federal housing officials erected a new hurdle for residential property-assessed clean...more

Environmental Justice Element Now Required for California’s General Plans

As of January 1, 2018, California’s cities, counties, and charter cities are required to either adopt an Environmental Justice Element in their General Plan or integrate Environmental Justice policies and goals into the...more

Lead Based Paint Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Company Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and R S Dearing Construction (“RSDC”) entered into a December 6th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of the Toxic Substance...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Investigation Costs as a Remedial Action Under the Model Toxics Control Act But Restricts...

by Lane Powell PC on

Construction and Environmental Legal Update - The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed in a unanimous ruling that the costs to test soil for hazardous substances qualify as a “remedial action” under the Washington Model...more

Green Loans Pave the Way for Green CLOs and Green RMBS

by White & Case LLP on

While green bonds have been the darling of the capital markets for the past few years, there has not been the same level of discussion about green loans. We expect 2018 to be a transformational year for the green loan market...more

Portland Residential Home Energy Score Requirement Takes Effect January 1

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Starting January 1, 2018, single-family home sellers in Portland will be required to report a Home Energy Score (HES) to potential buyers. The HES is a federally-developed measurement of the energy-related use and associated...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Greenprint report shows real estate industry continues to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and water use - Urban Land - Nov 20 A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for...more

California Lead Paint Decision Opens Door for Expanded Public Nuisance Suits

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A California appeals court has breathed new life into the public nuisance doctrine, largely affirming a more than $1 billion trial court judgment against certain manufacturers of lead paint on the grounds that they knowingly...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

New study finds buildings with poor energy efficiency default at higher rate - Urban Land - Oct 23 A recent study has added a new value proposition for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: efficient buildings are...more

California’s Legislature Takes on the Housing Crisis, But is it Enough?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

At no time in recent history has the California Legislature passed more housing-related bills than it did late last month. On September 29, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of 15 housing bills intended to bring...more

Unique, But Not Unusual: First District Affirms CEQA Exemptions and General Plan Consistency Finding For Three-Unit Infill Condo...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

While “agree[ing] with appellant that Telegraph Hill is outstanding and unique in a city of outstanding and unique places[,]” the First District Court of Appeal nonetheless affirmed the trial court’s order denying...more

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

Court Upholds San Francisco's CEQA Exemption for Telegraph Hill Project

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Protect Telegraph Hill v. City and County of San Francisco (Sept. 14, 2017 Slip Opinion A148544, unpublished), the First District Court of Appeal upheld the City of San Francisco's determination that rehabilitation of a...more

Town vs. Gown - How Land Use and Environmental Laws Mediate Disputes Between Universities, Colleges and Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

There are more than 150 four-year colleges and universities currently operating in the State of California. From the University of California’s nine campuses, to the California State University’s 23 campuses, and the more...more

Limiting water depletion in water stressed South Africa through sustainable construction activities

by Dentons on

The South African construction industry is known to be a major consumer of non-renewable resources. Naturally, this contributes to waste generation, air pollution, water deletion and landfill. One such example is the...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 California Coastal Law Conference - October 10th, La Jolla, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for the 3rd Coastal Law Conference at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. This in-depth seminar will feature officials from the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission,...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market - Reuter - Sep 11 - U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - D.C. named world's first LEED Platinum city - WAMU - Aug 31 - The U.S. Green Building Council named Washington, D.C. the world's first LEED Platinum city last week, a...more

Kentucky Appeals Court Outlines Limitations on Stigma Damages

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating the limitations on so-called “stigma” damages under Kentucky law, Kentucky appellate court ruled that a claim for stigma damages is not an independent cause of action, and that such damages are not available in...more

The “Ugly” Property Next Door is Ruining My Property Value

by Snell & Wilmer on

Traditional bases for private nuisance claims include circumstances where noise, light, vibration, or odor emanating from a neighboring property harm the value of your property. Such bases can be objectively verified and...more

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