This program offers 1 MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
Heirs often find themselves unwittingly involved in disputes after the death of a loved one. This program will focus on common obstacles involving the administration of real property; and financing for trusts or estates, which can be used to broker settlements or facilitate distributions.
Pacific Club New Port Beach
4110 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The second annual RES [Real Estate Symposium] in Orange County will focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Real Estate space followed by a reception at Newport Beach's prestigious Pacific Club.
Sarah L. Catz
Rinat Klier Erlich
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University of San Francisco School of Law
McLaren Complex, Room 250
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 9417
If you would like to speak, please contact Elizabeth Blair.
See Call for Panels
We are looking for panel ideas for the 2019 Real Property Law Section’s 38th Annual Spring Conference (formerly the RPLS Annual Retreat). The Spring Conference will feature panel discussions on all aspects of real estate law from “nuts and bolts” to “year in review” and ethics as well as more advanced sessions on specific real estate practice areas (e.g., land use, leasing, purchase and sale, joint ventures, finance, etc.). The Spring Conference also allows for more general discussions on important legal topics including panels on social media, diversity and inclusion, implications of the #metoo movement, and more.
If you are interested in submitting a panel, please submit the following information no later than noon on November 1, 2018. Each panel should provide 1.25 hours of MCLE. Panel proposals should be submitted to the Chair of the 2019 Spring Conference Planning Committee listed below. In your panel proposal, please include the following information:
If you have an idea for a panel and would like help organizing, please don’t hesitate to contact a committee member. If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Spring Conference Planning Committee listed below.
Spring Conference Planning Committee Chair: Elizabeth A. Blair, Esq., email@example.com.
The Real Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is committed to diversity. To meet this goal, the RPLS aspires to have all panels include members of diverse groups (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability). The RPLS is committed to providing quality programming that includes diverse perspectives and diverse speakers, including, but not limited to practitioners, legal scholars, members of the judiciary and young lawyers.
The Real Property Law Section ["RPLS"], with approximately 6,000 members, is one of the largest sections of the California Lawyers Association. RPLS coordinates educational programs and materials (including through our monthly E-Bulletin and Quarterly Journal) for California's diverse real estate attorneys, and serves as a forum for communicating information to its members on current developments and trends in real property law. RPLS also provides opportunities to network and develop relationships with lawyers and other professionals in the real estate industry. The RPLS enthusiastically embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion in Section membership, section events and our annual conference.
By William J. Bernfeld
In California, the November 6th ballot will have its usual smorgasbord of controversial voter initiatives. Among them is Proposition 10, which serves to repeal a statewide law known as the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa Hawkins) and relax certain limits on the rent control ordinances passed by local cities.
Under Costa Hawkins, a city may not restrict residential landlords from raising rents to market levels after a tenant vacates, nor may it impose rent control on units constructed after 1995, or on single family homes and condominiums. Proponents of the measure argue that housing costs have spiraled beyond the reach of families with modest incomes, and opponents assert that capping the returns on housing stock will stifle development. About a dozen cities in California have rent control, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Berkeley, San Jose, and Oakland. A back of the envelope calculation of registered voters reveals that the cities with rent control have approximately 3.3 million registered voters, while there are total of approximately 18 million registered voters in the State (based on 2013 statistics). Therefore, the supporters of the initiative are banking on the support of voters in non-rent control areas.
Both sides have raised substantial amounts. Supporters have about $13 million in their coffers, while opponents have almost three times that amount. The principal backer of the initiative is The Coalition for Affordable Housing. The opposition is led by two PACs organized by the California Apartment Association and the California Rental Housing Association. A third PAC was also formed in opposition which calls itself, “No On Prop 10.” Since single family homes are at risk of becoming subject to rent control, investors who swept up thousands of single family homes at foreclosure sales during the downturn which are now part of the rental stock, are one of the funding sources for opposition of this measure.
Neither Gavin Newsom nor John Cox, the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates, support full repeal of Costa Hawkins. Newsom says that wholesale repeal would “have unintended consequences on housing production that could be profoundly problematic,” and Cox has stated that he doesn’t believe rent control works.
Conversations with real estate brokers who handle multifamily sales observe that the presence of the initiative on the California ballot has had an immediate impact – it’s prompting apartment owners to sell who were not ready to sell or who otherwise were on the fence. Also, last year, if an apartment building was priced right, there were one to ten offers. Now there’s one to three offers. Historically, investors have paid a premium for non-rent control buildings. So if an exempt building becomes subject to rent control, and an owner can’t sell upside, it will need to sell returns, which will be limited by local ordinance.
If Proposition 10 passes, it remains to be seen if cities will immediately tighten their rent control ordinances. What has occurred and what will continue to play out in the weeks to come, is that Proposition 10 has become a lightning rod for housing rights advocates and investors.
This Akerman Practice Update is intended to inform firm clients and friends about legal developments, including recent decisions of various courts and administrative bodies. Nothing in this Practice Update should be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion, and readers should not act upon the information contained in this Practice Update without seeking the advice of legal counsel. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
2018 Reisman Award Winner, Best Growth Story
By Thomas Lombardi
Event Chairs Tom Lombardi, Norman Chernin, Skyler Anderson and Valerie Li are pleased to report that the LA Commercial Real Estate Symposium of October 4, 2018, went off without a hitch and by all accounts was a phenomenal event. Venued at the Jonathan Club in Downtown Los Angeles, those who attended gave glowing remarks about the panels, with one attendee summing it up well “…this is one of the best seminars of its kind that I have taken in years”. Besides the knowledgeable and dynamic speakers, the event location – at the Jonathan Club in Downtown L.A. – provided attendees with convenience (valet parking and central location) and a luxurious setting. The at capacity event was followed by a lively networking reception with a hosted bar and appetizers. Many thanks to our event sponsors and co-sponsoring bar associations. If you missed this year’s program, you can still visit our online library and see the program from your home or office and we hope to see you next year in person!
Arts District Panel receives stellar reviews for their knowledge, passion and viewpoints on the history, trends and future of the Downtown LA Arts District – (right to Left) Moderator Paul Habibi, Mark Borman, Geoffrey Annenberg, Yuval Bar-Zemer and Noel Hyun.
Creative Tech and Office Leasing Panel featuring Ronen Olshansky, CEO and Co-Founder of Cross-Campus, gives energizing presentation on how co-working in creative office and tech lease space has and will drive the leasing market and create significant disruption in conventional leasing. Left to Right – Brian Kang, Pam Westhoff and Ronen Olshansky
Finance Panel gets in the trenches discussing the state of the finance markets and has a lively debate on key lending provisions from the lender and borrower viewpoint. Left to Right – Dave Hitchcock, Mitch Regenstreif, Carolyn Dreyfus, and Gary Tenzer.
2018 LA Commercial RES event chairpersons (left to right) – Norman Chernin, Thomas Lombardi, Skyler Anderson, and Valerie Li.
CLA RPLS Co-Chairs Neil Kalin (right) and Thomas Lombardi with event sponsor Shauna Skarin of Fidelity National Title
RPLS Vice Chair Victor Rocha (left) and Alberto Mendoza
RPLS Executive Committee Member Jonathan Golding and fellow attendee
Attendees from left to right Dan Robinson, Walter Sawicki and Brett Watson.
By Ashley Peterson
On September 25 the RPLS hosted it’s “Common Deal Breakers in Commercial Leasing” seminar in downtown San Diego. The panel of speakers consisted of local commercial leasing attorneys and brokers including Jenifer Swanson with California Business Law Group, David Jones with Procopio, and Scott Schindler with JLL. The seminar addressed common issues arising during all phases of a commercial lease, from negotiation to expiration from both landlord and tenant perspectives. The event was generously hosted by the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP with beautiful panorama views of the downtown San Diego skyline, and refreshments and appetizers for attendees. The event was both interactive and informative, and the feedback from attendees was extremely positive. We would like to extend a big thank you to our speakers and to Procopio, our sponsor, for making this a great event.
David Jones of Procopio, Jenifer Swanson of California Business Law Group PC, Scott Schindler Broker with JLL, Ashley Peterson
Event Sponsor Procopio
Volunteer Opening: The California Real Property Journal’s Editorial Board is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief for one year 2018-2019 beginning September 2018. Candidates should have experience in editing legal articles, academic journals, and/or newsletters. The Editor-in-Chief has the final responsibility for the Journal’s operations and policies under the direction of the Real Property Section’s Executive Committee. The primary duties of the Editor-in-Chief are:
Contact: Christina R. Sansone, Interim Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the California Real Property Journal, (818) 216-6664, CSansone@SansoneLawFirm.com.
John (J.R.) Richards
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