Building on Incentives In a column published in the Los Angeles Business Journal on May 24, 2010, JMBM Government and Land Use partner, Benjamin M. Reznik, argues that local government should be looking to state statutes — not mandates — to spur the creation of affordable housing. Click here to read the article.
Caution remains the watchword even as bearish sentiment declines JMBM’s 2010 California Real Estate & Land Use Survey gathered data from 98 executives, 49 percent of whom identified themselves as developers and 49 percent as capital providers. Respondents indicating they were "bearish" about the market declined from 22 percent a year ago to 11 percent […]
How many of you have been the victim of a city’s “urgency” moratorium law that stopped your project cold? I’ve had several such cases in the past couple of years and am pleased to report that in one of those cases, where the client had no alternative but to litigate, we prevailed big time! In […]
Ben Reznik’s article, "California Can’t Afford to Let Cities Slide on Housing", was published by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The article discusses SB 1818, and the ongoing issues involving cities and the development of affordable housing.
In adopting SB1818, the State Legislature thought it had figured out a way to force local jurisdictions to comply with the state mandate of providing more affordable housing long codified in Government Code Section 65915. Despite the fact that this law has been on the books for many years allowing the building of bonus market […]
Developers and investors remain cautious, prepare for the future JMBM’s 2009 California Real Estate & Land Use Survey confirms that real estate developers and investors remain unconvinced that the end of the real estate downturn is imminent. 69% of those surveyed indicated they were cautious, while 22% were bearish about the real estate market. Still, […]
March 1, 2009 Suing the city of Los Angeles is part of lobbyist’s routine Benjamin M. Reznik, JMBM Partner and Chairman of the Firm’s Government, Land Use Environment and Energy (GLUEE) Group, was featured in this Los Angeles Times article. Mr. Reznik has filed more than 150 lawsuits against the City of Los Angeles over […]
Recently, JMBM lawyers successfully challenged an attempt by the City of Los Angeles to unlawfully impose conditions of approval on a proposed infill apartment project that was entitled to a height increase under SB 1818, the state density bonus law. The case involved the request by JMBM’s client Louise Apts. LLC to increase the height […]
Gina Marie Lindsey began by saying she intended to focus her comments primarily on LAX. When she became executive director in early 2007, LAX had 61 million passengers flowing through its facilities; that’s down 7 million from the high point of 68 million in 2000. LAX has also seen a 7% reduction in air traffic […]
Urban development is a key contributor to climate change and an essential factor in addressing it. California has already begun the process by adopting AB 32, legislation that lays out the framework for action. Basically, AB 32 requires the state to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. That means reducing the equivalent of […]