Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Is Pleased To Announce That Glen Hansen Will Be Speaking At APA's 2014 National Planning Conference

What: American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Conference

When: April 28, 2014 – Takings Law Day
            April 26-30, 2014 – Entire Conference

Where:            Georgia World Congress Center
            285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
            Atlanta, GA 30313

The Takings Law Day (April 28) is for planners, attorneys, and local government officials and covers recent developments, best practices, and the takings big picture. Based on Mr. Hansen’s special expertise in the development of post-Nollan and Dolan case law, he will focus on the development, status, and future of the 'legislative exception.'

For more information, go to:  http://planning.org/conference/

 

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2nd Annual Class - Proactive Land Use Entitlement Strategies For Raw Land And Updates To Existing Entitlements

Join William Abbott and Kate Hart of Abbott & Kindermann in a new class which ties together best practices for land development projects. This is an advanced class aimed primarily at project managers, engineers, and development consultants. This intense, three hour class interprets and applies:

·       CEQA

·       Permit Streamlining Act

·       Subdivision Map Act

·       Clean Water Act

·       Endangered Species Act

·       Updating Existing Entitlements

MCLE and American Planning Association continuing education credits offered, pending approval.

MCLE 3.0       CM 3.0

William Abbott is a long time practitioner in land use and CEQA law at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP. Kate Hart is senior counsel at Abbott & Kindermann and a practitioner in land use and CEQA law, and has served as a member and chair of the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Central Valley.

 Cost $85.00

Locations and Times

Lodi – April 17, 2014, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (To Register for the Lodi Location Click Here)

Hampton Inn & Suites – Lodi, 1337 S. Beckman Road, Lodi, CA 95240

Modesto - April 17, 2014, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

Double Tree by Hilton – Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Woodland - April 22, 2014, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (To Register for the Woodland Location Click Here)

Hampton Inn & Suites – Woodland, 2060 Freeway Drive, Woodland, CA 95776

Fairfield - April 22, 2014, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (To Register for the Fairfield Location Click Here)

Hilton Garden Inn – Fairfield, 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield, CA 94533

 

"Pro-Plastic Bag Initiatives Headed to the Ballot? Possible End Run to Pending Legislation."

By William W. Abbott

The debate over local regulation of plastic bags has triggered three published appellate court decisions. Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach (2011) 52 Cal.4th 155, Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. County of Marin (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 209 and Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco (2014) 222 Cal.App.4th 863. The current state of environmental politics in Sacramento indicate that an accord has been reached on plastic bags, the result will likely be a set of uniform laws statewide to level the playing field (SB 270). However, an unexpected backlash has developed. With an almost Tea Party like fervor, a series of loose knit groups, callings themselves the Friends of Plastic Bags have surfaced around the state with purpose of qualifying local initiatives preserving the right to use non-reusable plastic bags free from state regulation (and state imposed expense.) A professor specializing in California politics, H. W. Johnson (coincidentally the great grandson of California’s champion of the initiative process, Hiram Johnson) of the University of California Riverside, has been studying this latest political movement. "The motives behind this are very mixed. There is no one simple explanation for what is driving this. For some, the thought of having vegetables in close contact with fruits strikes people as unhealthy, almost like some exotic foreign custom. They just can't get their heads around it. For others, it’s a backlash against an all-knowing government. For a very small but measureable minority, they think Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer are behind the state legislation, which in my opinion puts them in the same league as the Flat Earth Society. However, this is not some wack job movement running rampant in California's hinterlands, but it is happening in well educated, high income communities like Playa Blanco, Park Terrace, and San Remo. It defies conventional political wisdom. We may be witnessing a significant political sea change in California."

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Please Join Diane Kindermann on April 25, 2014, for a Seminar on Proactive Subdivision Map and Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession in California

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce that Diane Kindermann will be a member of the faculty for “Proactive Subdivision Map and Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession in California,” a continuing education seminar to be held in Palm Desert, CA by Lorman Education Services. As Ms. Kindermann’s guest, you are eligible for 20% off the registration fee!

Proactive Subdivision Map and Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession in California
April 25, 2014
Palm Desert, CA
Best Western Plus, Palm Desert Resort

Click here to view the brochure and for more details.

Register online: http://www.lorman.com/383027?discount_code=G1610572&p=13389

Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: G1610572

 

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Register Today - Proactive Land Use Entitlement Strategies For Raw Land And Updates To Existing Entitlements Class

Join William Abbott and Kate Hart of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP in a new class which ties together best practices for land development projects. This is an advanced class aimed primarily at project managers, engineers, and development consultants. This intense, three hour class interprets and applies:

  • CEQA
  • Permit Streamlining Act
  •  Subdivision Map Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Updating Existing Entitlements
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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Is Pleased To Announce An Upcoming Seminar At Which Brian Russell Will Be Speaking

What: "8th Annual Best Practices in Winery Operations: Risks and Rewards" Seminar
When: March 27 & 28, 2014
Where: Napa River Inn - Napa, CA

This seminar will cover the legal, regulatory, technical and operational issues involved in the successful management of wineries big and small.

For more information click here.

 

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2nd Annual Class - Proactive Land Use Entitlement Strategies For Raw Land And Updates To Existing Entitlements

Join William Abbott and Kate Hart of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP in a new class which ties together best practices for land development projects. This is an advanced class aimed primarily at project managers, engineers, and development consultants. This intense, three hour class interprets and applies:

  • CEQA
  • Permit Streamlining Act
  •  Subdivision Map Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Updating Existing Entitlements
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Please Join William Abbott On March 14, 2014 For UC Davis Extension's Annual Land Use Law Review and Update Class.

For details click here to view the brochure.

March 14, 2014 – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K Street

Enroll in section 133LUP141.

 

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Please Join Diane Kindermann on March 26, 2014, for a Seminar on Real Estate Development from Beginning to End in California (After the Storm)

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce that Diane Kindermann Henderson will be a member of the faculty for “Real Estate Development from Beginning to End in California (After the Storm),” a continuing education seminar to be held in Sacramento, CA by Lorman Education Services. As Ms. Kindermann’s guest, you are eligible for 50% off the registration fee!

Real Estate Development from Beginning to End in California (After the Storm)
March 26, 2014
Sacramento, CA
Crowne Plaza Sacramento, 5321 Date Avenue

Click here to view the brochure and for more details.

Register online: http://www.lorman.com/393014
Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: L2590347

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REMINDER - SAVE THE DATE!

Abbott & Kindermann’s 13th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in 2014.

In February 2014 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 13th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

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REMINDER - SAVE THE DATE!

Abbott & Kindermann’s 13th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in 2014.

In February 2014 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 13th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry. 

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REMINDER - SAVE THE DATE!

Abbott & Kindermann’s 13th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

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SAVE THE DATE!

Abbott & Kindermann’s 13th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in 2014.

In February 2014 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 13th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2013 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2014:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Subdivision Map Extensions
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA Litigation: Baseline, Alternatives Analysis, Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies and SB 226 Update
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Please Join Diane Kindermann On November 19, 2013 For A Seminar On Proactive Subdivision Map Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession In California.

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar at which Diane Kindermann Henderson will be speaking.  As Ms. Kindermann’s guest, you are eligible for 20% off the registration fee!

Proactive Subdivision Map and Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession
November 19, 2013
Sacramento, CA
Crowne Plaza Sacramento, 5321 Date Avenue

Register online: http://www.lorman.com/392308
Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: W5788086
Priority code: 15999

 

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Please Join Diane Kindermann On November 19, 2013 For A Seminar On Proactive Subdivision Map Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession In California.

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar at which Diane Kindermann Henderson will be speaking.  As Ms. Kindermann’s guest, you are eligible for 20% off the registration fee!

Proactive Subdivision Map and Entitlement Strategies Post-Recession
November 19, 2013
Sacramento, CA
Crowne Plaza Sacramento, 5321 Date Avenue

Click here to view the brochure and for more details.

Register online: http://www.lorman.com/392308
Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: W5788086
Priority code: 15999

 

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Is Pleased To Announce That Two Of Its Attorneys Have Been Chosen For The 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers List

Kate Hart was selected in the practice areas of Environmental, Environmental Litigation and Land Use/Zoning and William Abbott in the practice areas of Land Use/Zoning and Real Estate. More information is available at http://www.superlawyers.com/california-northern/. The firm is pleased to continue to serve private and public clients in Northern California on land use, environmental and real estate matters for more than 18 years.

Additionally, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce that William Abbott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best lawyers in America in the practice areas of Land Use & Zoning Law and Litigation-Land Use & Zoning Law.

The firm is also rated as Tier 1 in both Land Use & Zoning Law and Litigation - Land Use & Zoning in the U.S. News & World Report national ranking of Best Law Firms. More information is available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/firms/abbott-kindermann-llp/overview/45365/.

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Join William Abbott this summer at UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program

Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements(131LUP154)

 When: August 16, 2013: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and developer to come together and process a project. Both sides of the table need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and explore questions of content and performance before completing such an agreement. Learn the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements.

Examine the legal basis for development agreements and the overlap between agreements and vesting subdivision maps. Examine the negotiating process, identify and discuss the range of options available when negotiating a development agreement, and review the theoretically possible agreement. Consider the key points of an agreement, learn ways to assist in understanding the needs of the other side and select the players to conduct the negotiation.

Topics include:

- Common law vested rights

- Legal review

- Development agreements vs. vested maps

- Considerations in negotiating the agreement

- Contents of an agreement

- How to implement agreements

- What happens after the life of an agreement

For more information visit: http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/land_use_and_natural_resources/course/description/?type=A&unit=LUNR&SectionID=167593&course_title=Vested%20Rights,%20Vesting%20Maps%20and%20Development%20Agreements&prgList=LUP&AreaName=Land+Use

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Join William Abbott this summer at UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program

Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements (131LUP154)

 When: August 16, 2013: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and developer to come together and process a project. Both sides of the table need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and explore questions of content and performance before completing such an agreement. Learn the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements.

Examine the legal basis for development agreements and the overlap between agreements and vesting subdivision maps. Examine the negotiating process, identify and discuss the range of options available when negotiating a development agreement, and review the theoretically possible agreement. Consider the key points of an agreement, learn ways to assist in understanding the needs of the other side and select the players to conduct the negotiation.

Topics include:

- Common law vested rights

- Legal review

- Development agreements vs. vested maps

- Considerations in negotiating the agreement

- Contents of an agreement

- How to implement agreements

- What happens after the life of an agreement

For more information visit: http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/land_use_and_natural_resources/course/description/?type=A&unit=LUNR&SectionID=167593&course_title=Vested%20Rights,%20Vesting%20Maps%20and%20Development%20Agreements&prgList=LUP&AreaName=Land+Use

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Lorman Education Services CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act Seminar

Diane G. Kindermann Henderson will be teaching an advanced CEQA class for Lorman Education Services on CEQA. This California Environmental Quality Act Seminar will be held on June 26, 2013, in Sacramento, California. It will provide a foundation in CEQA and then move on to the latest case law plus statutory and policy updates, evolving issues will be highlighted as well. Clients and colleagues of Ms. Kindermann will receive a 20% discount off the registration fee for this seminar. Please mention discount code J2105588 when registering. For more information and to register for this event, please click here www.lorman.com/ID391391.

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NEW CLASS - Proactive Land Use Entitlement Strategies For Raw Land And Updates To Existing Entitlements

Join William Abbott and Kate Hart of Abbott & Kindermann in a new class which ties together best practices for land development projects. This is an advanced class aimed primarily at project managers, engineers, and development consultants. This intense, three hour class interprets and applies: 

  • CEQA
  • Permit Streamlining Act
  • Subdivision Map Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Updating Existing Entitlements

This class is offered pending approval for MCLE and American Planning Association continuing education credits.

William Abbott is a long time practitioner in land use and CEQA law at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP. Kate Hart is senior counsel at Abbott & Kindermann and a practitioner in land use and CEQA law, and has served as a member and chair of the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Central Valley. 

Click here to complete the registration form or call (916) 456-9595 to make your reservation. 

Cost $75.00

 Locations and Times 

Roseville - June 5, 2013, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

[5/23-Update - The Roseville class is full, please select one of the other three locations.]

Courtyard Marriott - Roseville, 401 Creekside Ridge Court, Roseville, CA 95678

Fairfield - June 5, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott - Fairfield, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield, CA 94534

Manteca – June 12, 2012, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites – Manteca, 1461 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA 95336

Pleasanton - June 12, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Residence Inn by Marriott – Pleasanton, 11920 Dublin Canyon Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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Lorman Education Services CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act Seminar

Diane G. Kindermann Henderson will be teaching a class for Lorman Education Services on CEQA. This California Environmental Quality Act Seminar will be held on June 26, 2013, in Sacramento, California. It will provide a foundation in CEQA and the latest case law plus statutory and policy updates. For more information and to register for this event, please click here www.lorman.com/ID391391.

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NEW CLASS - Proactive Land Use Entitlement Strategies For Raw Land And Updates To Existing Entitlements

Join William Abbott and Kate Hart of Abbott & Kindermann in a new class which ties together best practices for land development projects. This is an advanced class aimed primarily at project managers, engineers, and development consultants. This intense, three hour class interprets and applies: 

  • CEQA
  • Permit Streamlining Act
  • Subdivision Map Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Updating Existing Entitlements

This class is offered pending approval for MCLE and American Planning Association continuing education credits.

William Abbott is a long time practitioner in land use and CEQA law at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP. Kate Hart is senior counsel at Abbott & Kindermann and a practitioner in land use and CEQA law, and has served as a member and chair of the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Central Valley. 

Click here to complete the registration form or call (916) 456-9595 to make your reservation. 

Cost $75.00

 Locations and Times 

Roseville - June 5, 2013, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Courtyard Marriott - Roseville, 401 Creekside Ridge Court, Roseville, CA 95678

 

Fairfield - June 5, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott - Fairfield, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Manteca – June 12, 2012, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites – Manteca, 1461 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA 95336

 

Pleasanton - June 12, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Residence Inn by Marriott – Pleasanton, 11920 Dublin Canyon Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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Abbott & Kindermann’s 12th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2013.

In January and February 2013 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 12th annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.

A summary of 2012 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2013:

Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
Mining
Subdivision Map Extensions
Interpreting Development Agreements
Endangered Species
Water Quality and Wetlands
Water Rights and Supply
Cultural Resources
Renewable Energy
Environmental Enforcement
Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
Timber Resources
CEQA Litigation: Baseline, Alternatives Analysis, Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies and SB 226 Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at three locations: Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.
*Please note that the hotel does charge for parking.*

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann's 12th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2013.

In January and February 2013 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 12th annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
CEQA Litigation: Baseline, Alternatives Analysis, Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies and SB 226 Update
Subdivision Map Extensions
Interpreting Development Agreements
Endangered Species
Water Quality and Wetlands
Water Rights and Supply
Cultural Resources
Renewable Energy
Environmental Enforcement
Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
Timber Resources

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at three locations: Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

 

William Abbott to Speak at the CLE International 8th Annual CEQA Conference

William Abbott will be speaking at the CLE International 8th Annual Conference on CEQA case law and practice tips, December 13, 2012 in San Francisco. Mr. Abbott will be presenting an overview on infill project streamlining. For more details visit the CLE Internationalwebsite.

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Has Received A Tier 1 Ranking In The 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms."

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to have received Tier 1 rankings in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the fields of Land Use & Zoning Law including Litigation.

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Wine Law Seminar: Solutions to Reduce Your Regulatory Risks & Protect Your Business!

Half-Day Seminar - Register Now! ~ Only $35 (lunch included)

Wine Law Seminar

Motherlode Region

Solutions for the Wine and Grape Growing Industry:

Addressing Environmental, Business & Technical Challenges

Covering Motherlode counties of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne & Yolo

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Save the Dates: Wine Law Seminar - Motherlode Region

Sacramento-based law firm Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, in association

with CAWG, presents: “Wine Law Seminar – Motherlode Region”

 

November 6, 2012 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi;

November 14, 2012 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm -  Cielo Estates, Shingle Springs

Half-Day Seminar - Register Now! - Only $35 (lunch included)

 These seminars will provide solutions for the environmental, business and technical

challenges facing winery and vineyard owners and operators in the Motherlode counties

(Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin,

Stanislaus, Tuolumne & Yolo). Topics include:

·         Water Quality, Supply & Storage

·         Contracts

·         Use Permits/Zoning

·         Grapevine Viruses

·         Branding, Labeling & Copyright

·         Business Structuring & Transition Planning

·         Regulatory Trends & Strategies

·         Easements

Due to limited space these seminars require registration. Please call Debra at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, (916) 456-9595 for seminar details visit www.winelawseminar.com.

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Wine Law Seminar - Motherlode Region

Half Day Seminar - Register Now! – Only $35

Two Locations to Choose From

November 6, 2012 – Lodi, CA and November 14, 2012 – Shingle Springs, CA

This seminar will guide winery, vineyard owners, operators and wine industry professionals through cost-effective strategies to address current environmental, business and technical challenges unique to the state’s Motherlode counties. Topics will include, Land Divisions, Zoning, Williamson Act, CEQA, Water Quality & Availability, Regulatory Trends, Branding, Copyright, Business Transition Planning, Contracts and Related Litigation.

For more information, tentative agenda and registration click here.

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Sacramento County Bar Association Real Property Law Section

William W. Abbott, partner at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be speaking on the following topic:

 Subdivision Map Act – Road Hazards for Real Estate Practitioners

 Date and Time:

            Monday September 10, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Location:

            The Firehouse Restaurant – Golden Eagle Room

            112 Second Street, Old Sacramento, California 95814

 Reservations 

RSVP to csiligo@boutinjones.com

 For More Information and Questions

            Contact Greg Philipp at gphilipp@boutinjones.com or call (916) 321-4444

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Sacramento Valley is looking for young planners and mentors.

PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program

The award winning PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program provides the next generation of professional planners a challenging one-on-one and group mentoring forum for personal and professional growth and advancement. Applications are now available. For information on becoming a mentee or mentor go to: http://www.sacvalley-apa.org/ypgmenu/plan-sac-valley.html

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Join William Abbott this summer at UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program:

Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements

William Abbott

121LUP154

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sutter Square Galleria

Sacramento, CA

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and developer to come together and process a project. Both sides of the table need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and explore questions of content and performance before completing such an agreement. Learn the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements.

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Abbott & Kindermann LLP Is Pleased To Announce That Two Of Its Attorneys Have Been Picked For The 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers List

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been picked for the 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list in the fields of land use and zoning: Kate Hart and William Abbott. More information is available at http://www.superlawyers.com/california-northern/. The firm is pleased to continue to serve private and public clients in Northern California on land use, environmental and real estate matters for more than 17 years.

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Join William Abbott & Steven Rudolph this summer at UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program:

Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements

William Abbott & Steven Rudolph

121LUP154

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sutter Square Galleria

Sacramento, CA

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and developer to come together and process a project. Both sides of the table need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and explore questions of content and performance before completing such an agreement. Learn the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements.

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Please join Diane Kindermann and her co-panelists on May 9, 2012 for an MCLE: California Land Use and Environmental Law Update presented by AEP

The Association of Environmental Professionals will be holding an MCLE as part of its Statewide Conference (May 6-9). Panelists include: Chris Butcher, Thomas Law Group; Braiden Chadwick, Downey Brand, LLP; Diane Kindermann, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP; and Tiffany Wright, Remy Moose Manley, LLP.

Navigating Projects through CEQA and Local Government Biological and Regulatory Policies (2 hours of MCLE Credit Approval Pending)

Wednesday, May 9, 10-11:30 a.m., Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA

Cost $50.00 at the door

To RSVP, please email amcintire@brandman.com; for more information about this, and other AEP Statewide Conference events, visit http://conference.califaep.org/.

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Solano Press releases new book on impact fees.

Solano Press releases the third edition of Exactions and Impact Fees in California, co-authored by Bill Abbott, Harriet Steiner, Tom Jacobson, Peter Detwiler and Margaret Sohagi. This edition covers the next generation of impact fee practice and legal issues, including Proposition 218. For more information, click here: http://solano.com/processxml.asp?tid=EX12&StyleSheet=title.xsl

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Update to Email Subscriptions for Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Land Use Law Blog

If you would like to continue to receive email notifications regarding the Land Use Blog please follow the directions in the recent email asking you to “Please Re-Confirm Your Subscription to the Abbott & Kindermann Land Use Law Blog." 

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Join William Abbott, Cecily Talbert Barclay & Matthew Gray this Winter at UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program

Annual Land Use Law Review and Update
William Abbott, Cecily Talbert Barclay & Matthew Gray
113LUP141
March 2: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sutter Square Galleria
Sacramento, CA

Stay up-to-date on recent developments in California law affecting land use, planning and environmental compliance. Experts from the field provide succinct and practical analysis on recent case law and significant legislative and administrative changes that took effect this year.

Topics include:

* General plans, specific plans and zoning
* The Subdivision Map Act
* CEQA
* Changes to redevelopment in California
* Affordable housing
* Regional land use planning and implementation of SB 375
* Takings, exactions and dedications
* New air quality guidelines
* Land use litigation
* Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Plan
* Adapting to sea level rise

 

Participate in discussions and get answers to your questions. Take home the most recent edition of California Land Use and Planning Law, co-authored by Cecily Talbert, and a legal syllabus of cases discussed and prepared by the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP.

For more information, visit us on line: http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/land_use_and_natural_resources/
 

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REMINDER! Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2012.

In January and February 2012 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining. In addition, the following hot topics for 2012 will be discussed:

Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
CEQA Litigation: Alternatives Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
Subdivision Map Extension
Interpreting Development Agreements
Endangered Species Act
Water Quality and Wetlands
Water Rights and Supply
Cultural Resources
Renewable Energy
Environmental Enforcement
Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations, Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Governor Brown Convenes Conference on Climate Risks and California's Future

On December 15, 2011, Governor Brown will host an invitation only event on Climate Risks and California’s Future at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. According to the Governor’s office, the conference will focus on the risks of unpredictable and extreme weather events caused by climate change and how our communities can prepare for and adapt to those changes. Conference topics include:

  • California and the Global Climate Challenge
  • Climate Change’s Human and Economic Impacts on California
  • A National Perspective on Climate Action
  • Climate Solutions to Protect California Communities and Help our Economy

The full agenda is available at: http://gov.ca.gov/docs/ECR_Agenda_b.pdf.

Although attendance is limited to invitees, the event will be streaming live on the Governor’s web site: http://gov.ca.gov/home.php.

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Is Pleased To Be Nationally Recognized By Peer Law Firms As One Of The Best Law Firms® For 2012

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to be nationally recognized by peer law firms as one of the Best Law Firms® for 2012 in land use and land use litigation, as published by US News and World Report. William Abbott is also recognized in the same publication for his work in these fields. Mr. Abbott is also recognized again in 2011 as a Northern California Superlawyer® in the field of zoning and land use law.

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Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2012.

 

In January and February 2012 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2012 will be discussed:

 

Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting

CEQA Litigation: Alternatives Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies

Subdivision Map Extension

Interpreting Development Agreements

Endangered Species Act

Water Quality and Wetlands

Water Rights and Supply

Cultural Resources

Renewable Energy

Environmental Enforcement

Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup

 

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations, Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

 

Modesto Conference

 

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street

Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Redding Conference

 

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane

Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Sacramento Conference

 

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012

Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street

Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

 

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

 

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Sacramento Bee announces Abbott & Kindermann's Motherlode Wineries & Vineyards seminar.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/02/4022689/wine-buzz-seminars-for-budding.html#ixzz1cYzQsIJb

For more information, agenda and registration click here.

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Motherlode Wineries & Vineyards Seminar

Register Now! ~ Only $35

Two Locations to Choose From

November 9, 2011 – Lodi, CA and November 17, 2011 – Plymouth, CA

This seminar will guide winery and vineyard owners and operators through cost-effective strategies to address current environmental, legal and technical challenges.

More information, tentative agenda and registration click here.

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Vested Rights Class at UC Davis Extension August 18, 2011

Please join William W. Abbott and Steven Rudolph on August 18, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM for an in depth look at the art of crafting development agreements in their UC Davis Extension course, Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements.

Development agreements are an effective avenue for a community and a developer to work together to process projects. Both sides need to carefully consider the terms of these contracts and look at questions of content and performance before completing such agreements. Review the legislative and judicial aspects of development agreements. Examine the legal basis for development agreements and the overlap between agreements and vesting subdivision maps.

Gain an understanding of the negotiating process, identify and discuss the range of options available when negotiating a development agreement, and review the "theoretically" possible agreement. Review the key points to an agreement and learn ways to assist in understanding the needs of the "other side." Learn how to strategically pick the players to conduct the negotiation. An in-depth discussion will look at techniques and concepts that are likely to work, those that do not, and why most attempts at development agreements are doomed to failure.

Topics include:

  • Common Law Vested Rights
  • Legal Review
  • Development Agreements vs. Vested Maps
  • The Development Agreement Statute
  • Key Terms and Alternative Approaches
  • Considerations in Negotiating the Agreement
  • Contents of an Agreement
  • Testing the Waters
  • Paper Control—Who Drafts the Document?
  • Enforceability
  • How to Implement Agreements
  • What Happens After the Life of an Agreement?

Register at:

http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/land_use_and_natural_resources/course/description/?type=A&unit=LUNR&SectionID=157252&course_title=Vested%20Rights,%20Vesting%20Maps%20and%20Development%20Agreements&prgList=LUP&AreaName=Land+Use

 

A Planner is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

The Sac Valley Section is holding its 1st Annual Summer Scholarship Fundraiser—join hosts John Dangberg, Larry Mintier, Jim Harnish, Janet Ruggiero, and David Mogavero in supporting the next generation of planners. Two scholarships will be given to outstanding planning students this year—the annual California Planning Foundation scholarship and our first LEGACY Scholarship, in honor of 2010 LEGACY Award winner Mike Notestine.

Where:

  • Midtown office of Mintier Harnish
  • 1415 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

When: 

  • July 28, 2011, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Cost:

  • $20 in advance (by July 20, 2011)
  • $25 at the door

Raffle tickets are—5 for $10 │ 10 for $15 │ 20 for $20

Raffle items include gift cards at local restaurants, lunches with planning professionals, and bottles of award-winning wine.

The SVS must raise $2,000—please bring your check book! Credit will be given on the SVS website for those who give $50 or more.

Make checks payable to “SVS-APA” and mail to:

  • Abbott & Kindermann, LLP
  • c/o: Desiree Delonia
  • 2100 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Email your RSVP to ddelonia@aklandlaw.com or phone (916) 456-9595.

If you know you cannot attend, please still consider giving to the SVS scholarship fund by sending in a donation check.

We thank you for your support!

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Join Us on LinkedIn!

For current planning issues, join the conversation among planners, engineers, attorneys and developers on LinkedIn at the Northern California Planning and Land Development Group.  See you there!

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Northern-California-Planning-Land-Development-3176780?mostPopular=&gid=3176780

Romancing the Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity

Join the Sacramento Valley APA for a discussion with Renaissance Planner Bill Fulton on the good, the bad, and the ugly of economic development based on his new book: 

Romancing the Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity

Friday, April 22, 2011  

Globe Mills
1131 "C" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm  Registration & Networking
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm  Discussion with Mr. Fulton
  • 6:00 - 6:45 pm  Book Signing & Reception

Cost: APA members $10/nonmembers $15 (tickets purchased by April 20th)Tickets at the door: $20 

(send checks made out to SVS-APA c/o Julia Lave Johnston, 2324 Marshall Way, Sacramento, CA 95818—questions? Please contact Tracey Ferguson at 916.325.1429)

Please join the Sacramento Valley APA Section to discuss economic development with Bill Fulton. His latest book, Romancing the Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity is a collection of 60 economic development columns printed in Governing magazine over a 15-year period. They reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of how economic development is practiced in our communities.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.

 A hosted reception with wine, beer, and light appetizers will follow the discussion.

You can read an excerpt from Mr. Fulton’s book at: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1073034

The Historic Globe Mills innovative adaptive reuse project turned a former grain mill into a mixed use site with the help of redevelopment funds as a result of public/private partnerships.
Lean more at: http://www.loftsatglobemills.com/index2.html

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REMINDER! Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2011.

In January and February 2011 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2011 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming: CEQA Guidelines, Mandatory Reporting, AB 32 
  • Water Supply Assessments
  • CEQA Litigation: Exemptions, Setting the Baseline, Alternative Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Subdivision Map Extensions
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Agricultural Land Mitigation
  • New General Permit Under Clean Water Act

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations, Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference 

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available. 

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2011.

In January and February 2011 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2011 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming: CEQA Guidelines, Mandatory Reporting, AB 32 
  • Water Supply Assessments
  • CEQA Litigation: Exemptions, Setting the Baseline, Alternative Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Subdivision Map Extensions
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Agricultural Land Mitigation
  • New General Permit Under Clean Water Act

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations, Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference 

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available. 

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

William W. Abbott Recognized as Leading Practitioner of Land Use Law

William W. Abbott has been recognized again by the publishers of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a leading practitioner of Land Use & Zoning Law.  Mr. Abbott has been selected each year from 2004-2010 based upon peer review by Northern California attorneys.  The 2010 selection process also identified Mr. Abbott as one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California. More information can be found at www.superlawyers.com.   Mr. Abbott has also been selected as one of the Best Lawyers® in America in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law for the year 2010.  More information is available at www.bestlawyers.com.

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Last Chance! Register Now! Wine Conference

One Day Seminar - Register Now! ~ Only $35

Featured Speaker: PAUL DOLAN, world-renowned winemaker, biodynamic grape grower, author, consultant and businessman is coming to the Motherlode Region on April 28, 2010, with a team of engineers and attorneys to strategize and help you balance economic and related business issues with environmentaland land use goals and obligations.

More information, agenda and registration click here.

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PAUL DOLAN in the Motherlode Region - One day Only! Register Now!

One Day Seminar - Register Now! ~ Only $35

Featured Speaker: PAUL DOLAN, world-renowned winemaker, biodynamic grape grower, author, consultant and businessman is coming to the Motherlode Region on April 28, 2010, with a team of engineers and attorneys to strategize and help you balance economic and related business issues with environmentaland land use goals and obligations.

More information, agenda and registration click here.

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Launches California Settlements & Colonies Blog

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP launches California Settlements & Colonies, a blog chronicling California historic settlement stories, starting with San Bernardino, California 1851 – 1857 the Largest Latter-day Saint Colony Outside of Utah and the Largest Anglo-American Settlement in Southern California. Visit the California Settlements & Colonies by going directly to http://californialandsettlements.com/ or clicking on the Colonies and Settlements link at http://blog.aklandlaw.com/. Share your settlement story by clicking “submit your own story.”

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Reminder! Save the Date

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2010!

In January and February 2010 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2010 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming: CEQA Guidelines, Mandatory Reporting
  • Water Supply Legislation
  • CEQA Litigation: Alternative Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Subdivision Map Extension
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Endangered Species Act

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations: Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference 

  • Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

 

Save the Date!

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2010!

In January and February 2010 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2010 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming: CEQA Guidelines, Mandatory Reporting
  • Water Supply Legislation
  • CEQA Litigation: Alternative Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Subdivision Map Extension
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Endangered Species Act

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations: Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Redding Conference 

  • Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

Diane Kindermann Henderson to Speak at CalCIMA 2009 Annual Education Conference October 14, 2009

Diane Kindermann Henderson is a partner of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP and will be speaking at the California Construction & Industrial Materials Association Conference. She will be speaking about 2009 Land Use and Environmental Law Update: Cases, Codes, and Regulations. For more details, including RSVP information visit http://www.calcima.org/html/what_s_new.html.

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Sacramento County Bar Association Real Property Law Section

William W. Abbott, partner of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be speaking on the following topic on Monday September 14, 2009 at 11:45 a.m.

“Preservation of Local Government Approvals”

Location:

  • The Firehouse Restaurant – Golden Eagle Room
  • 112 Second Street
  • Old Sacramento, California
  • Telephone: (916) 442-4772

Date/Time:    

  • Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:45 a.m.

William W. Abbott Recognized as a Leading Practitioner of Land Use Law

William W. Abbott has been recognized again by the publishers of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a leading practitioner of Land Use & Zoning Law.  Mr. Abbott has been selected each year from 2004-2009 based upon peer review by Northern California attorneys.  More information can be found at www.superlawyers.com.   Mr. Abbott has also been selected as one of the Best Lawyers® in America in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law for the year 2010.  More information is available at www.bestlawyers.com.

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Katherine Hart is Reappointed to the Regional Water Quality Control Board

“On July 8, 2009 senior associate Katherine Hart was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee for reappointment by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.  Kate currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board.  She was originally appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2005.  She was reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger for her second four-year term in September 2008.  The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of the nine regional water quality control boards statewide.  The Central Valley Board’s region comprises 40 percent of the entire State and contains the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The Board makes critical water quality decisions for its region, including setting standards, issuing waste discharge requirements, determining compliance with those requirements, and taking appropriate enforcement actions.”

The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice by Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Because of the changing nature of this area of the law and the importance of individual facts, readers are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues.

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Sacramento County Bar Association Real Property Law Section

Katherine J. Hart, associate at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be speaking on the following topic:

Mitigation and Conservation Easements: An Overview of When and Why Mitigation is Required and How to Effectively Utilize Conservation Easements to Meet Mitigation Requirements

Location:

  • The Firehouse Restaurant – Golden Eagle Room
  • 112 Second Street ,Old Sacramento, California 95814
  • RSVP to dhammontree@downeybrand.com

Date and Time:

  • Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM
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Short Sale Workshop

Cori Badgley, associate at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be speaking at the following seminar on April 29, 2009.

Smart Ways to Stay ON TRACK and not get DE-RAILED

  • Current Real Estate statistics & how to survive the Market
  • 1031 Exchange and Structured Sales
  • Short Sales, late house payments, danger of Foreclosure
  • Refinancing to a safer and better loan
  • Legal advice about Short Sales and tax breaks for homeowners
  • Loan Modifications
  • Rescuing your 401K

Learn how to help your personal situation and get solid advice from leading professionals in 6 different fields.

  • On Track Workshop
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn Express Grand Ballroom
  • 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley, California
  • Refreshments will be served

The Workshop is FREE and Seating is Limited

Please RSVP to reserve your spot in the workshop. Call (530) 268-2488 or register on the website: www.ontrackworkshop.com

Reminder! Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update - Now in Redding!

For those of you that missed the Sacramento and Modesto seminars last month, you can now reserve a seat for the first ever Abbott & Kindermann, LLP seminar in Redding, California.

On April 7, 2009, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present it’s annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  

First Ever – Redding Conference

  • Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Diane Kindermann to Speak at the Sacramento Professional Environmental Marketing Association

Diane Kindermann Henderson, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the Sacramento Professional Environmental Marketing Association (“SacPEMA”) on February 17, 2009, at The Firehouse in Sacramento. Diane will be presenting an overview of land use and environmental law updates for the past year in the areas of water rights and supply, water quality, SMARA, hazardous substance control and cleanup, and wetlands. For more information, including RSVP details, please visit the SacPEMA website.

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP Co-Sponsors: Best Practices For Owning And Operating A Winery

The Seminar Group will be hosting their Third Annual Owning and Operating a Winery conference on February 25th and 26th at the Napa Valley Marriott. Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is a co-sponsor of this event that will guide you through the Legal, Regulatory, Technical and Operational Issues involved in the successful management of wineries big and small. For more information, including RSVP details, go to the Seminar Group website

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Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update - Now in Redding!

For those of you that missed the Sacramento and Modesto seminars last month, you can now reserve a seat for the first ever Abbott & Kindermann, LLP seminar in Redding, California.

On April 7,  2009, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will presents it’s annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  

First Ever – Redding Conference

  • Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding , 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of two seminars taking place next week. 

On January 21st and January 22nd, 2009, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will presents it’s annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2009 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming
  • Water Supply and Water Quality
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Proposed Amendments to the CEQA Guidelines

For the first time, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at two locations, Sacramento and now Modesto. Details for both seminars are below. We look forward to seeing you there.  

First Ever – Modesto Conference

  • Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
  • Location: Sacramento Radisson, 500 Leisure Lane
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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CEQA: The 2008 Year In Review

The following is an overview of CEQA court decisions issued in 2008 along with links to more detailed analyses of each decision prepared by the attorneys at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP.

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Bill Abbott Listed on Peer-Review Publication for Outstanding Attorneys

Bill Abbott has been selected, on a peer-review basis, as one of the Best Lawyers® In America in the field of Land Use and Zoning law for the year 2009. More information is available at the Best Lawyers® website.

 

 

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Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

On January 21 and January 22, 2009, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will presents its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining. Water quality, water supply, wetlands issues, endangered species and climate change will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. A comprehensive written outline will be provided and there will be ample opportunity for questions and answers.

For the first time, Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at two locations, Sacramento and now Modesto. Details for both seminars are below. We look forward to seeing you there.  

 

First Ever – Modesto Conference

  • Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
  • Location: Sacramento Radisson, 500 Leisure Lane
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE credits are available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.

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Bill Abbott to Speak at the Northstate BIA Policy Series on Development Agreements

Bill Abbott, a founding partner of the firm, will be speaking at the Building Industry Associations event on Policy Series: Development Agreements on November 14, 2008, in Roseville. Bill will be presenting an overview of development agreements including a discussion on the potential to reopen existing agreements for re-negotiation. For more details, including RSVP information, visit the Northstate BIA website.

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Kate Hart to Speak at the CLE International Conservation Easements Seminar

Kate Hart, a senior associate at the firm, will be speaking at the CLE International Conservation Easements Seminar on November 18, 2008, in San Francisco. Kate will be presenting an overview on the easement mitigation process. For more details, including RSVP information, visit the CLE International website.

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Leslie Walker's Global Climate Change Article Published in Public Law Journal

The Public Law Journal, Summer 2008 issue, Vol. 31 No. 3, features an article on Global Climate Change from Abbott & Kindermann’s own Leslie Z. Walker. The article, Warming Up to Global Climate Change, can be viewed here. Members of the Public Law Journal can view the entire periodical by logging onto the State Bar of California Public Law Section website.

Ms. Walker, an associate at the firm, primarily practices in the areas of land use and environmental law with a particular focus on climate change. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Environmental and Real Property Sections of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and admitted to practice before the state courts in California and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.

 

Ms. Walker is a Building Industry Association, BUILD (Building Universal Industry Leadership & Development) Recruit and a member of the American Planning Association Sacramento Chapter, and the Urban Land Institute.

Bill Abbott Recognized as a Leading Practitioner of Land Use Law

Bill Abbott has been recognized again by the publishers of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a leading practitioner of land use law in Northern California. Bill has been selected each year from 2004-2008 based upon peer review by northern California attorneys. More information can be found at the superlawyers website.

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Abbott & Kindermann Land Use Law Blog 2008 Mid-Year Review

By The Attorneys of Abbott & Kindermann, LLP

Readers of the Land Use Law Blog know that we host an annual land use update; the most recent on January 24, 2008. At that event, we review the most important developments in land use, environmental, and real estate law from the previous year. Our next annual update is planned for January 22, 2009 and more details will be forthcoming. 

This year, we are also providing a mid-year update on the blog, covering the most significant developments from the first half of this year. Below, you’ll see a list of cases and events that we have chosen to highlight from the areas of CEQA, the Subdivision Map Act, the Clean Water Act, global warming, and wetlands. Below each of these items is a link to a written analysis on the topic. Additionally, and new for this year, there is also a link to an audio file (mp3) with new commentary by the firm’s attorneys. This commentary contains our view of the most important points and lessons as well as practice tips. 

Since this format is new, please let us know that you found it useful and valuable by emailing us at blog@aklandlaw.com. Any feedback is welcome.

To download the audio commentary, right click on the link and select “Save Target As”. Save the file to your desktop or the folder of your choosing, and play it using a media player such as Windows Media Player or Winamp. Alternatively, you can listen to the file on your computer by clicking on the audio commentary link. If you have further questions, please email us at blog@aklandlaw.com.

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Diane Kindermann to Speak at the North State BIA BUILD Recruit Workshop

Diane Kindermann Henderson, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the North State BIA BUILD Recruit Workshop on September 18, 2008, in Roseville. Diane will be presenting an overview of recent 404 permitting case studies for BUILD members and BIA staff. 

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Diane Kindermann to Speak on Stormwater Regulations

Diane Kindermann Henderson, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the Lorman Seminar on Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation on August 27, 2008, in Redding. This seminar will involve a discussion on changes in Stormwater regulations including the permitting process, legal issues and the effects of Stormwater on the environment. For more information, including RSVP details visit the Lorman website.

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For the Record

Bill Abbott, a partner with the firm, will be speaking on the Subdivision Map Act for the City of Fortuna staff on June 20, 2008. This class will cover the Subdivision Map Act from exemptions to mergers and certificates of compliance. 

Bill Abbott will also be speaking at the Lorman Real Estate Development From Beginning To End seminar on July 21, 2008, in Sacramento CA. This class will provide updated information on all aspects of real estate development, including subdivision and title review. For more information, including RSVP details, visit the Lorman website.

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For the Record

Every year the California American Planning Association (“APA”) gives a number of awards in various categories to individuals and projects exemplifying outstanding planning. Winners of the Sacramento Valley section will be submitted to the state for consideration for the statewide award.

Leslie Walker, an associate with Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is a member of this section’s awards committee, and will be responsible for the collection of the nominations for the 2008 planning awards. Nominations will be accepted until May 12, 2008. For more information on this program, including category details, qualifications, and nomination materials, go to the Sacramento Valley APA website.  

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For the Record

Bill Abbott, a partner with the firm, will be speaking at the UC Davis Extension Growth Management: Practical and Legal Strategies course on June 19, 2008. This seminar will address the practical and legal considerations you need to know when considering local growth management strategies, as well as the operational aspects of implementing growth management measures. For more information, including enrollment details visit the UC Davis Extension website.

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For the Record

Diane Kindermann Henderson will be speaking at the Northstate Building Industry Association Seminar regarding the Clean Water Act: 404 permitting Workshop on May 20, 2008.  This seminar was originally scheduled for March 25, 2008. The workshop will be held at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, in Roseville, CA. For more information including RSVP details, go to the Northstate BIA website.

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Rob Hofmann, an associate with Abbott & Kindermann, will be speaking at the Lorman Boundary Law Issues in California seminar on June 11, 2008. This seminar will include a discussion on the rules for establishing boundaries, typical boundary conflicts, as well as strategies for litigating boundary disputes. For more information, including RSVP details visit the Lorman website.

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For the Record

Diane Kindermann Henderson, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the Lorman Advanced CEQA Workshop: Critical Issues Update on June 20, 2008. This seminar will include a discussion on the framework for success in managing the environmental review process; preparing or reviewing CEQA documents; and addressing complex, practical issues. For more information, including RSVP details visit the Lorman website.

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For The Record

Bill Abbott, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the Annual Land Use Law Review and Update class for staff at the Cal Trans Planning Division.

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Top Events To Watch From 2007

CEQA Alternatives

Save Round Valley Alliance v. County of Inyo (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 1437

The Court of Appeal discussed two important CEQA topics: the evaluation of second-unit zoning and EIR alternatives. First, the court concluded that an impact analysis need not assume full build-out under second-unit zoning. Second, the court clarified the duty of inquiry and held that the lead agency must assess the feasibility of project alternatives. Read More

Uphold Our Heritage v. Town of Woodside (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th 587

The Court of Appeal upped the ante in evaluating economic feasibility for EIR alternatives for a project involving demolition of a historic structure. An evaluation of remodeling costs alone, without a comparison to new construction costs, was held insufficient as a basis to reject the feasibility of remodeling as an alternative. Read More

CEQA Water Supply Analysis

Vineyard Area Citizens for Responsible Growth, Inc. v. City of Rancho Cordova (2007) 40 Cal.4th 412

Few CEQA cases reach the California Supreme Court. Accordingly, it is noteworthy that the Court issued two decisions on CEQA issues in 2007. The more significant case, Vineyard Area Citizens, provides added extensive guidance on the interface between water supply and CEQA. The case also provides guidance on EIR recirculation. Read More

CEQA Impact Analysis

San Joaquin Raptor v. County of Merced (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 649

Unlike residential or commercial development projects with somewhat predictable levels of activity (and in turn, environmental effects), mining projects involving rock, sand and gravel can vary widely based upon local economic conditions. San Joaquin Raptor examines the duty of the lead agency to also evaluate impacts associated with periodic or sustained peaks, and not just to rely upon historic averages. The decision also addressed deferred mitigation in the area of biological impacts. Read More

Global Warming

State of California v. County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Superior Court (filed Apr. 13, 2007)

In April California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed suit challenging the adequacy of the EIR for San Bernardino County’s General Plan. The Attorney General alleged that the EIR failed to comply with the requirements of CEQA in its analysis of greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and diesel engine exhaust emissions. The parties reached a settlement that allows the updated General Plan to remain in effect, but requires that San Bernardino County amend the plan within the next 30 months. Read More

Alternative Approaches to Analyze Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Climate Change in CEQA Documents, Association of Environmental Professionals

In response to the lack of legislative or executive guidance on how to evaluate climate change impacts in CEQA documents, the Association of Environmental Professionals (“AEP”) prepared a paper suggesting seven different approaches to the problem. Read More

Physical Takings

Yamagiwa v. City of Half Moon Bay (N.D. Cal. 2007) 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 22573

While compensation for regulatory takings remains elusive for California landowners, recovery of monetary damages for physical takings is established jurisprudence. In a stunning reminder of the physical/regulatory taking dichotomy, a federal court awarded over $36 million dollars in damages against the City of Half Moon Bay whose assessment district project created wetlands on private property. The plaintiff’s case was based on theories of inverse condemnation, trespass and nuisance. Read More

Indirect Regulation of Economic Competition

Hernandez v. City of Hanford (2007) 41 Cal.4th 279

On June 7, 2007, the California Supreme Court addressed head-on the issue of whether or not cities may use their planning and zoning powers to directly impact economic competition. This case affirmed the ability of cities to impact economic competition in a direct and intended manner because it allows just such an impact so long as the primary purpose of the zoning action is to achieve a valid public purpose and not simply to serve an impermissible anti-competitive private purpose. Read More

Draft Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams, State Water Resources Control Board (December 2007)

The SWRCB draft policy in instream flow was released on December 28, 2007, and the comment period will close on February 19, 2008. The draft policy will implement section 1259.4 of the Water Code, which was enacted in 2004. The policy only applies, however, if the site is within a specified geographic area and type of action. Read More

EPA and Corps Jointly Issue Rapanos Guidance

On June 5, 2007, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly issued guidance consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision in Rapanos. This document is entitled “Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Rapanos v. United States and Carabell v. United States. The issue in Rapanos was whether a wetland or tributary can be defined as a “water of the United States” and thus be subject to jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Because the Court issued five separate opinions, it was unclear whether certain types of waters were jurisdictional. The document establishes several categories of waters and discusses whether or not the agencies may assert jurisdiction. Read More

Endangered Species Rulings Reversed

On November 27, 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed seven rulings on endangered species that it found were improperly influenced by former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior Julie MacDonald. The review began after questions were raised concerning the scientific information used and whether the appropriate legal standards were followed. Read More

U.S. EPA Refuses to Grant California a Waiver under the Clean Air Act

Under Clean Air Act section 209(a), a state may not regulate motor vehicle emission standards. However, section 209(b) allows the Environmental Protection Agency to waive this limitation if the state adopted standards for the control of emissions prior to March 30, 1966, and the state finds its standards at least as protective of public health and welfare as the applicable federal standard. California applied to the EPA for such a waiver so that it could enforce its stricter vehicle emission standards. The EPA denied the request, asserting it wanted to avoid a piecemeal approach to the regulation. California joined by 15 other states filed suit challenging this decision in the U.S Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Read More

Exhaustion of Remedies

Schutte & Koerting, Inc. v. Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (December 20, 2007) 2007 Cal.App.LEXIS 2146

The doctrine of exhaustion of local remedies requires that a petitioner appealing a governmental agency’s determination or order must exhaust all of the remedies available through that agency before appealing to the courts. The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District has now made it easier for petitioners appealing a determination of a regional water quality control board to exhaust their local remedies. In Schutte & Koerting v. Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (December 20, 2007) 2007 Cal.App.LEXIS 2146, the appellate court held that anyone appealing the determination or order of a regional board must only request a hearing before the State Water Resources Control Board in order to exhaust his or her local remedies. Read More
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For the Record

Diane Kindermann Henderson, a partner with the firm, along with Glen Hansen, a senior associate with Abbott & Kindermann, will be speaking at the Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association regarding CEQA Part II: Litigation, on March 5, 2008.  This “lunch lesson” seminar will be held at Downey Brand, 555 Capitol Mall, 10th Floor, in Sacramento.  For more information including RSVP details, go to the SLSA website.

Diane Kindermann Henderson will also be speaking at the Northstate Building Industry Association Seminar regarding the Clean Water Act: 404 permitting Workshop on March 25, 2008.  The seminar will be held at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, in Roseville, CA.  For more information including RSVP details, go to the Lorman website.

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Bill Abbott, a partner at the firm, will be speaking at the 22nd Annual UCLA Extension Land Use Law and Planning Conference at the Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles on January 25, 2008. RSVP by calling (310) 825-7885 or go to www.uclaextension.edu/index.cfm

Bill Abbott will also be speaking at the County Planning Conference "Abbott's Annual Planning Law Update," on February 8, 2008.   Members of the California County Planning Director's Association can RSVP with the Association via Charles Gardner at  (559) 591-2991.  For hotel reservations call Embassy Suites, Sacramento, California, at (916) 326-5000.

Diane Kindermann, Kate Hart and Janell Bogue will be speaking at the Lorman Development Approval Process Seminar on February 13, 2008.  This seminar will include a discussion on entitlements, application and development process, Subdivision Map Act and CEQA.  For more information, including RSVP details visit the Lorman website.

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Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP again presents their annual program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, vineyard and winery development, and mining. Water quality and wetlands issues will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. Handouts will be available and there will be ample opportunity for questions.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008

Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location: Sacramento Radisson, 500 Leisure Lane

There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595

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Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP again presents their annual program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, vineyard and winery development, and mining. Water quality and wetlands issues will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. Handouts will be available and there will be ample opportunity for questions.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008

Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location: Sacramento Radisson, 500 Leisure Lane

There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595.

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For the Record

Congratulations to Abbott & Kindermann's newest associates, Leslie Z. Walker and Cori Badgley. Ms. Walker and Ms. Badgley both previously worked as a law clerks at the firm and we are delighted that they will be joining the firm as associates.

Additionally, we welcome Michelle Engel in her new role as a paralegal.  Ms. Engel previously worked as a legal secretary for Diane Kindermann Henderson, and we are pleased that she will continue with Abbott & Kindermann.
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Bill Abbott, a partner with Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, will present an update entitled "The Economy, The Environment, The Equity: Cases and Bills Affecting Planning, Zoning, and Development Laws (PZDL)" at the UCLA Extension Land Use Law and Planning Conference.  This annual event will be held on Friday, January 25, 2008.  For more information, visit the program website.
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Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP again presents their annual program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, vineyard and winery development, and mining. Water quality and wetlands issues will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. Handouts will be available and there will be ample opportunity for questions.
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008

Registration:8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location:Sacramento Radisson, 500 Leisure Lane
There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot now, call our office at (916) 456-9595.
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The Authors of "Exactions and Impact Fees in California" Want Your Suggestions

The authors of the Solano Press publication Exactions and Impact Fees in California are currently revising the 2001 version of the book and welcome suggestions for material to include in this updated edition.  Suggestions may be emailed to wabbott@aklandlaw.com.

Additionally, the 2007 supplement for the book is available for free here.

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Joel Ellinwood, AICP, senior associate at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, will present two continuing legal education seminars at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, September 27 – 30, 2007, in Anaheim, California. 

Get to the Bottom Line: Development Economics for Real Estate Attorneys will be presented on Thursday, September 27  at 2:15 – 4:15.  Joining Mr. Ellinwood on the panel will be Michael Kvarme, an attorney specializing in real estate finance;  Aaron Gruen, a development economics and market research consultant and Jim Hurley, who has experience as both a developer and a major investment fund manager.  The presentation is aimed at helping real estate attorneys gain a better understanding of how developers make a profit (or lose their shirts). Public and private sector attorneys will leave with insight into how to better service their clients.

Hidden Land Use Fees will be the topic of a provocative dialogue between Mr. Ellinwood and Adam U. Lindgren, City Attorney for the City of Rancho Cordova and co-author and editor of the CEB Publication, California Land Use Practice.  The focus will be on how to best protect clients’ interests in coping with California’s chaotic and inefficient regulation of land use that drives up development time lines, costs and risk. The presentation will by on Sunday, September 30 from 10 am – noon.

Bill Abbott, a partner with the firm, will be speaking at the California Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Meeting in San Jose.  He will be involved in a session on Regional Transportation Mitigation Fees on Tuesday, October 2 at 1:30pm.  More information about the meeting can be found at the CCAPA website

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For the Record

Bill Abbott has been recognized again by the publishers of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a leading practitioner of land use law in Northern California. Bill has been selected each year from 2004-2007 based upon peer review by northern California attorneys. More information can be found at www.superlawyers.com.
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2007 Supplement to Exactions and Impact Fees in California

The authors of the Solano Press publication Exactions and Impact Fees in California have prepared a 2007 supplement to the book.  That supplement can be downloaded here

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new senior associate, Glen Hansen. Mr. Hansen has over thirteen years experience in state and federal court litigation, including appeals. His practice areas include land use, real estate and commercial transactions, corporate and partnership dissolutions, elections, government and employment law. He adds significant new depth to the firm across a broad spectrum of land use, real estate, business and governmental litigation, and dispute resolution.

His litigation experience includes reported appellate cases concerning toxic substance contamination and land use law (Beck Development Co. v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co. (1996) 44 Cal.App.4th 1160); initiative measures (Costa v. Superior Court (2006) 37 Cal.4th 986 and Senate of the State of California v. Jones (1999) 21 Cal.4th 1142 ); and Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) motions to dismiss (Miller v. Filter (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 652 and Witte v. Kaufman (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 1201) – all of which can come into play within land use, environmental and development litigation.

Mr. Hansen is admitted to practice before the state courts and U.S. District Courts in California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves as a Dispute Resolution Conference pro-tem judge for the El Dorado Superior Court. Glen graduated with distinction from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

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Appellate Court Cites Exactions and Impact Fees Book

By William W. Abbott

Citing "Exactions and Impact Fees in California" [1], the Third Appellate District ruled that the Subdivision Map Act (Gov. Code, §§ 66410 et seq.) 90-day statute of limitations trumped the longer Mitigation Fee Act (Gov. Code, §§ 66000 et seq.) timeline when reviewing a legal challenge to a subdivision map denial by the City of Chico. The case is Thomas Fogarty v. City of Chico (March 12, 2007) 2007 Cal.App.Lexis 339. Continue Reading...

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Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP again presents their annual program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, vineyard and winery development, and mining. Water quality and wetlands issues will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. Handouts will be available and there will be ample opportunity for questions.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007

Registration:8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location:Sacramento Radisson
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815

There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve your space now, call (916) 456-9595 and ask for Michelle.
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Reminder: Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Remember to reserve your spot for Abbott & Kindermann's Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update. 

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007

Registration:8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location:Sacramento Radisson
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815

There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

To reserve your space now, call (916) 456-9595 and ask for Michelle.
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Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP again presents their annual program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, vineyard and winery development, and mining. Water quality and wetlands issues will also be covered. The focus will be on recent developments in case law, statutes and administrative regulations, and how these changes impact your daily business practices. Handouts will be available and there will be ample opportunity for questions.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007

Registration:8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location:Sacramento Radisson
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815

There is no charge for this program and MCLE credit is available.

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve your space now, call (916) 456-9595 and ask for Michelle.
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Diane Kindermann Henderson to Teach Class on Clean Water Act Section 404

Diane Kindermann Henderson, with Diane Moore of Moore Biological Consultants, will be teaching a class entitled "Clean Water Act Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits" for the North State Building Industry Association.

Topics covered will include specialized permits required under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the current Nationwide Permit Program, and other general permits and letters of permission. Attendees will also learn strategies for dealing with regulatory agencies in seeking permits.

The class will be held on November 14, 2006 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. For more information or to register, please contact Tara Hicks at the BIA.

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Reminder: A Lot In Common - 2006

Please remember to join us for the second annual "A Lot In Common" conference on condos, townhomes, and higher density developments. This year's event will be held on September 20, 2006 from 9am to 12 noon at the Sacramento Radisson.
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If you have any questions about the event, please call our office at (916) 456-9595. We hope to see you there!

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A Lot In Common - 2006

Join us for the second annual "A Lot In Common" conference on condos, townhomes, and higher density developments. This year's event will be held on September 20, 2006 from 9am to 12 noon at the Sacramento Radisson. Please see the 2006 A Lot In Common flyer for complete information.

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For the Record

Bill Abbott was once again selected as a "Super Lawyer" by the Law & Politics publication 2006 Northern California Super Lawyers for his work as a land use attorney. Only five percent of Northern California attorneys are selected for this honor using a nomination system and rigorous peer review.

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For the Record

Joel Ellinwood recently published an article in the July/August 2006 issue of Cal Planner, the publication of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. His article discusses CEQA streamlining and the recent case Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. City of Turlock. Download the article.

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Upcoming Events

* Joel Ellinwood will be teaching a seminar on the Fundamentals of Real Estate Development on May 25, 2006. For more information, visit Sterling Education Services at http://www.sterlingeduation.com.

* Joel Ellinwood will also be teaching a seminar on the Framework for Success in Local Governmental Land Use Decisions in California on June 27, 2006. For more information, visit Lorman Education Services at http://www.lorman.com.

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For the Record

Along with Sierra Engineering Limited, San Andreas, California as development consultant, Bill Abbott served as land use counsel to Castle & Cooke Calaveras, Inc. for the recently approved Copper Mill project, a mixed use project located in Copperopolis, California. Robert Klousner of Planning Partners served as the CEQA consultant to the applicant, and Quad Knopf acted as peer advisor for the County of Calaveras.

The Court of Appeal, 4th District, recently affirmed EIR certification and project approval by Mariposa County for the Silvertip resort project located in Fish Camp, California. Bill Abbott represented the Board of Supervisors and the County in the administrative hearings, as well as the trial and appellate courts. Gene Smith and Quad Knopf were responsible for EIR preparation.

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Diane Kindermann recently helped secure Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission approval of a $12 million bulk cement import and distribution facility at the Port of Sacramento in West Sacramento. The center could potentially double the port's annual cargo.

Joel Ellinwood and Bill Abbott assisted K. Hovnanian Forecast Homes, Inc. in final approval of contested Swainson's hawk mitigation, offsite sewer line improvements, and reimbursement and final map approval for the Schmidt Ranch project. The project is located in Galt.

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, along with David Storer at Development Advisory Services, recently teamed up to secure City Council approval of a 230 lot subdivision in Porterville, California. Their efforts included convincing the City that a proposed emergency ordinance would not apply to the tentative map application previously deemed complete by the City.

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Bill Abbott was recognized again by the publishers of Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine as a leading practitioner in the field of land use law in Northern California.

Bill Abbott was also a finalist for the "Boss of the Year" award and was honored by the Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association.

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Recently, Bill Abbott served as part of the development team with The Engineering Group for the recently approved Cielo Vista subdivision in Chico.

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Congratulations to Abbott & Kindermann's newest associate, Elias E. Guzman. Elias previously worked as a law clerk at Abbott & Kindermann and we are delighted that he will be joining the firm as an attorney. You can read more about Elias' education and background at http://www.aklandlaw.com. Also, please welcome Rhonda Engel, who joined the firm on June 27 as a legal secretary.

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