Many of us who live in California, especially the suburbs, are conditioned to expect free parking in the places we live, work, shop and take recreation. We expect laws to require it, builders to provide it and operators of commercial establishments to offer it, at least to their customers. As a matter of fact, the availability of parking has been enshrined in our local zoning … [Read more...] about Say Goodbye to Free Parking in California
2023 update of California ADU laws
California law governing ADUs has been revised pursuant to two new “clean up measures”, SB 897 and AB 2221, which went into effect January 1, 2023. These new laws clarify and correct several different unforeseen barriers to the approval and construction of ADUs that had surfaced after the adoption of previous ADU legislation by the state. These revisions will require local … [Read more...] about 2023 update of California ADU laws
Is CEQA being weaponized against housing development?
The California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) has been a regular topic of discussion in this blog over the years, from challenges to local zoning bans against mobile medical marijuana dispensaries, to the expansion of the use of “categorical exemptions” from environmental review, to modifications to the methods of measuring traffic impacts of development projects. As one … [Read more...] about Is CEQA being weaponized against housing development?
Can tech automate commercial lease management? Stay tuned
Recently, a corporate client asked me to assist it in ascertaining whether it was properly handling the common area maintenance (CAM) charges under its lease with a triple net tenant, a national medical services provider. As I pored over the terms of the lease and reviewed its CAM provisions with my client, not for the first time did I wonder, “There’s got to be a better … [Read more...] about Can tech automate commercial lease management? Stay tuned
Prolific ADA Litigant Shelved?
Back in 2019, I noted a spike in cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) against small businesses in Silicon Valley, and asked readers to share their experiences. The issue hit a nerve with a number of people, and so I followed up a few months later with another blog post that delved more deeply into the problem, which highlighted the questionable … [Read more...] about Prolific ADA Litigant Shelved?