Each year, the Counselors of Real Estate organization polls its members and thereafter releases a summary of the “Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate.” You can find the article here.
As expected, COVID-19 dominated the headlines and ranked number 1 on the list of issues. Aside from the personal, emotional, and economic toll, COVID-19 raises serious questions about the future demand for real estate, and whether it will be reduced by the “virtual office” and preference for home entertainment? There is a huge question mark regarding how long social distancing will persist, and ...
For those of you involved in the transportation sector, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 3rd for a discussion on planning, procurement and financing strategies that can be implemented now to support timely project delivery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning a very interactive webinar where ample time will be set aside to answer questions received from attendees both prior to and during the event.
Topics that will be covered include:
- How to prepare now to efficiently and effectively move projects forward
- Procurement and contracting strategies that enable ...
COVID-19 has undoubtedly upended the world, including the way we do business and the future of our economy. We have received a number of questions and concerns from clients in the right of way industry on how the current pandemic affects the way we do business, and what to expect going forward. Please read on for links to helpful resources...
As we have seen far too many times in California, eminent domain becomes a key tool for public agencies in order to keep public works construction on schedule and avoid jeopardizing state or federal funding. According to an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz council approves eminent domain for road widening, situation is playing out in Santa Cruz, where the City Council recently approved the adoption of a resolution of necessity to acquire two properties by eminent domain in order to satisfy a July deadline for a $2.8 million construction grant.
The properties in question ...
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation's largest regional planning agency and is governed by an 86-member Regional Council, made up of elected officials from among the six counties and 191 cities who are members. SCAG develops a variety of policy and planning initiatives to create a sustainable Southern California region. Every four years, SCAG must develop a Regional Transportation Plan, which sets out a vision for the next 25 years. SCAG adopted the most recent plan last month. In the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities ...
At its March meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding to improve and maintain California’s multimodal transportation system. According to the District 2 Press Release, allocations included:
- $12.5 million for 11 capital improvement projects both on and off the state highway system as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP),
- $17.8 million for two Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program projects, and
- $15.5 million for 22 Active Transportation Program projects - the most recent active transportation investment from ...
As reported in Caltrans District 11's press release, there is much good news coming out of California Transportation Commission's meeting last week. First, thanks to a new state budget that increased transportation funding by $351 million, CTC revised its budget for SHOPP projects to $2.4 billion.
Local projects also received good news with CTC's award of $510 Million to 83 transportation projects around the state. As reported by Progressive Railroading, several rail projects received significant funding, which will hopefully allow those projects to proceed to ...
On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission allocated $334 Million to 53 projects around the state. As one Caltrans press release puts it, "Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit."
According to Caltrans' director Malcolm Dougherty:
Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $11 that would have been spent on future pavement repairs.
And we can all hope Caltrans is targeting those dollars in the right places. Some areas that will be seeing significant funds include:
- $59 ...
As we reported in an update yesterday, San Luis Obispo County adopted resolutions of necessity to condemn portions of three parcels needed for Nipomo’s Willow Road interchange project. According to an April 21 Santa Maria Times article by April Charlton, "Board OKs use of eminent domain," the County is still negotiating with the owners, but was forced to start the eminent domain process now, or its risks losing key project funding:
[T]he county is required to show the state that the project is ready to proceed by the end of June to obtain millions of dollars in transportation funds ...
According to a Santa Maria Times article, "Eminent domain decision delayed," the County of San Luis Obispo is currently in the process of acquiring property for the Nipomo's Willow Road Interchange project, which will extend Willow Road from Hetrick Road to Highway 101, and will also include constructing new onramps for access to Highway 101 from the extension. While it appears the County has successfully negotiated the property acquisitions so far, the County may utilize its eminent domain powers to condemn other necessary properties.
One impacted property -- a ...
I will be speaking February 11 at the Sacramento IRWA Chapter's lunch meeting (Chapter 27). My presentation will be about avoiding pitfalls under the new eminent domain prejudgment possession rules. This topic has received considerable attention over the past couple of years, and will undoubtedly be the focus of more attention over the next few years as appellate decisions involving the new rules start to appear.
The meeting details are as follows:
110 Diamond Creek Place
Roseville, CA 95747
Board Meeting: 10:30 a.m.
Registration/ Meet & ...
We have previously reported on Tulare County's efforts to acquire right of way for its Road 108 widening and its Road 80 widening. Now, the County is considering condemning four additional parcels for the Road 108 project.
In a February 1 article in the Visalia Times Delta, Eminent domain on county board's agenda, Valerie Gibbons reports that the County will decide tomorrow whether to file four more eminent domain actions, which would bring the recent total to 25. Ms. Gibbons reports that the County's apparent rush to proceed has "had residents up in arms in past meetings."
But the County ...
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