Courts Draw New Boundaries in Property Line Cases

Two recent California court decisions, involving all-too-common neighbor disputes, have provided new guidance concerning easements and property ownership. In Romero v. Shih (S275023 [2024]), the California Supreme Court ruled that […]

Expanding Housing Choice: SF Finalizes Draft Rezoning Proposal

The San Francisco Planning Department has released more details on its Expanding Housing Choice Program, a citywide rezoning that will primarily target the city’s westside. The rezoning proposal originates in […]

The Basics: Are you really covered as an additional insured?

Leases, construction contracts, easement agreements, and other contracts often require one party to name the other as an “additional insured” under its liability insurance policy.  The insuring party often provides […]

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Leases V. Licenses and Eviction Rights

The question has been previously raised – is a lease the same as a license – in that does the underlying occupant/user acquire tenancy rights by such occupation regardless of […]

Ninth Circuit Overturns Natural Gas Ban

Can cities and states really ban natural gas hookups? On January 2, 2024, the Ninth Circuit handed down a decision in California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley finding that […]

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Palo Alto Adopts Bold Upzoning

Palo Alto recently reached a new housing milestone. On November 13, Palo Alto’s City Council adopted a legislative package implementing rezonings originally proposed in the City’s still uncertified sixth cycle […]

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Local Governments Given Broad Power to Authorize ADU Sales

As recently as last month, existing state law prohibited the sale of accessory dwelling units (“ADU”) from being sold or conveyed separately from the primary residence, except under specific circumstances […]

Increased State Density Bonus Available Next Year

As we’ve previously covered, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a substantial amount of housing bills into law this year. Two of the most notable pieces of legislation will significantly increase the […]

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Permit Process Improvements

In recent months, City agencies have been working hard to improve review and issuance timelines for permits. This update focuses on the way that San Francisco Public Works (“Public Works”) […]

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