• 04.29.20

    Bay Area Counties Allow Construction to Recommence on May 4

    Effective May 4, 2020, construction projects throughout the Bay Area may recommence, subject to specified protocols.

  • 04.22.20

    California’s Newsom on Reopening State: ‘There Is No Light Switch, There Is No Date’

    As promised, California Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update on reopening the California economy in his daily press conference: There is no answer to “when?”

  • 04.08.20

    All State Judicial Foreclosure Actions Suspended

    Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order giving the courts special authority to address the COVID-19 pandemic as a means of alleviating the ongoing impacts it is having on California’s judicial branch.

  • 04.08.20

    CEQA Deadlines: COVID-19’s Latest Victim

    The Judicial Council of California has adopted emergency regulations giving would-be plaintiffs and petitioners significantly more time to file civil lawsuits, including those challenging public agency certifications and approvals made pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

  • 04.02.20

    Counties Increase Restrictions Under Stay-At-Home Order, and That Is Just Fine With Governor Newsom

    As California Governor Gavin Newsom reported preliminary, encouraging signs that his “stay at home” order is slowing the spread of COVID-19, Bay Area leaders acted to further restrict the number and types of employees who can go to work notwithstanding Governor Newsom’s ...

  • 03.21.20

    Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay-at-Home Order—Impact on Businesses in the Real Estate Industry

    Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home Executive Order N-33-20 adopted on March 19, 2020 (Order, a link to which and all noted authorities herein is provided below), imposed on all of California the greatest restrictions seen nationally to date to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

  • 03.20.20

    County Recorder Office Closures

    Increasingly severe limitations on public gatherings and other measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have disrupted essential recording services in the real estate industry.

  • 03.20.20

    Governor’s Executive Orders Waive Public Meeting Procedures

    On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-25-20, a broad, far-reaching order that authorized state and local authorities to impose social distancing measures, to waive the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance, and to suspend work hour limitations for certain ...

  • 12.02.19

    California’s ‘Housing Crisis Act of 2019’

    SB 330, signed into law on October 9, 2019, and effective January 1, 2020, substantially limits the ability of municipalities to disapprove housing projects, condition housing projects to reduce density, or levy excessive standards on housing projects that raise costs and extend the permitting ...

  • 06.24.19

    Supreme Court Shortens the Path for Takings Cases

    In a case resolving a complex procedural question about the ability of property owners to have access to federal courts for their disputes with local government agencies, the Supreme Court overruled a 34-year-old precedent and held that property owners—like all other Americans—are ...



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