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Join Nossaman at the Self Help Counties Coalition’s 2014 Focus on the Future Conference

The Self-Help Counties Coalition’s 2014 Focus on the Future Conference is just around the corner.  This year, it is taking place in Santa Clara on November 16-18.  I will be presenting on the topic “Precondemnation Planning & Early Acquisition Efforts: Best Practices to Acquire Right of Way Without Blowing Your Project’s Budget” on Tuesday, November 18 … Continue Reading

Join Us at the Appraisal Institute’s Annual Litigation Seminar in Los Angeles on November 13

The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will be holding its 47th annual Litigation Seminar on November 13, 2014 at the City Club in Los Angeles.  I’ll be presenting on the topic “The Perception of Advocacy and Consequences for the Appraiser.”  John Ellis, MAI, from Integra Realty Resources, Steven Fontes, MAI, from Mission Property … Continue Reading

Upcoming Event List for Right of Way Professionals

If you’re a right of way professional, your fall schedule could be quite busy.  I’m having difficulty keeping track of all the upcoming events, so I thought I’d put them all in one place.  Here’s what we have on the agenda: September 5:  Mobility 21’s annual Southern California Transportation Summit.  The event will take place at … Continue Reading

Appraisal Institute Announces new “Standards of Valuation Practice”

Last week, the Appraisal Institute unveiled its Standards of Valuation Practice (SVP).  SVP will not replace USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) — which have long-been the mainstay of appraisal standards for many appraisals — but will serve as an alternative when USPAP or other standards are not required. According to AI President, Ken Wilson, MAI, … Continue Reading

Hello from Connecticut: 9 Year Anniversary of Kelo Decision

This week marks the nine-year anniversary of the Kelo v. City of New London decision.  Since I’ve been practicing as an eminent domain attorney, Kelo is unquestionably the most well-known and stirring court opinion, creating widespread reform to the use of eminent domain across the country — even on the opposite coast in California.  Last time … Continue Reading

California Passenger Rail Summit

Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an important element, to me the main takeaway was the vision of statewide rail connectivity benefiting all of California’s communities. Several regional … Continue Reading
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