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Perkins Coie Housing Summit: 30,000 Homes by 2020.

On Tuesday April 9, Perkins Coie hosted “Housing Summit: 30,000 Homes by 2020,” the Mayor’s housing plan to build more housing and to make San Francisco housing affordable.  The Housing Summit was held at International Hotel Senior Housing Project, an important symbol of the City’s historic housing struggles and a reminder of how affordable housing … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Standards For Housing Discrimination Claims

Can a city protect itself from discriminatory zoning claims by adopting a facially neutral ordinance that treats similarly situated land uses the same? Apparently not, said the Ninth Circuit in Pacific Shores Properties v. City of Newport Beach (Case No. 11-55460), decided on September 20. In a challenge brought against a City of Newport Beach zoning … Continue Reading

If J.R. Wants Your Property, He Can Take It, Even if You’re a Public Benefit Corporation.

In California, title to property owned by a public entity cannot be acquired through adverse possession.  The same is not true, however, of land owned by a public benefit corporation according to the court in Hagman v. Meher Mount. Corp, No.B239014 (2nd Dist., April 3, 2013).  Larry Hagman (J.R. in Dallas and Major Nelson in … Continue Reading

Use it or Lose it? Not in the Case of an Easement Acquired by Deed.

A trial court did not have authority to extinguish portions of a road and utility easement notwithstanding its determination that the easement holder did not need the entire easement and that a smaller easement would constitute the least burden on the property subject to the easement.  Cottonwood Duplexes, LLC v. Barlow, 210 Cal. App. 4th … Continue Reading

Can a Developer Unilaterally Impose an Arbitration Clause on a Condo Homeowners Association?

The answer is yes, as long as the arbitration clause is not unreasonable, according to the California Supreme Court in Pinnacle Museum Tower Association v. Pinnacle Market Development (July 16, 2012). In Pinnacle, the developer recorded CC&Rs before the condo project homeowners association was formed.  The CC&Rs contained a mandatory procedure for resolution of construction … Continue Reading
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