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SB1: California Transportation Funding the Talk of the Capitol This Week

Most Californians agree that our State’s transportation system is in dire need of additional funding for additional improvements and repair.  The problem has always been where to secure the necessary funding.  In short, it has become more difficult to rely on the federal government, local and regional transportation agencies have become less reliant on the State, … Continue Reading

California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee’s Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408).  You can find a copy of the bill here.  AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure relating to eminent domain.”  There is very little … Continue Reading

What Does the Election Mean for the Future of Infrastructure Development?

With only a few days remaining until one of the most controversial presidential elections in history, there has been little focus on the candidates’ plans as it pertains to the future of infrastructure development in America.  But both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have big spending plans — they are just vastly different in their proposals on how funds … Continue Reading

USPAP to Remain the Sole Standard of Valuation Practice in California for Real Estate Appraisers

Last summer, I wrote about the Appraisal Institute’s controversial effort to promote legislation in California (known as AB 624) that would enable licensed real estate appraisers performing appraisals for non-federally-related transactions to use any nationally or internationally recognized standard of valuation. I commented at the time that it wasn’t difficult to “envision a parade of … Continue Reading

The Brown Act – Reminding Local Governments that the Sun Continues to Shine in California

Transparency in government is a staple of American democracy.  The Federal Freedom of Information Act and California’s Public Records Act are two examples of laws that are intended to provide transparency for government’s written information.  But many (if not all) state and local governments have also enacted “sunshine laws,” which generally require that government meetings … Continue Reading

FTA and FHWA Buy America Updates

Public agencies are routinely facing Buy America requirements in their infrastructure projects.  Some of the most difficult situations involve how to satisfy Buy America obligations with public utility relocations.  The rules continue to evolve, making compliance an ever-moving target.  To help provide some guidance, my colleague, Ann-Therese Schmid, recently provided a Buy America update on Nossaman’s … Continue Reading
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