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New UC Irvine Study Debunks NIMBY Claims That New Affordable Housing Development Reduces Local Property Values and Increases Crime

USA - June 13 2022 NIMBY project opponents rely on an ever-shifting array of flimsy arguments to challenge new housing developments, especially those with affordable…

Court Holds that the Legislature Really Did Dissolve Redevelopment Agencies and Rendered the 15% Affordable Housing Requirement Inoperative

USA - May 26 2022 The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is an extremely well-funded Los Angeles-based non-profit that now engages in some of the most pernicious anti-housing…

California Attorney General Continues to Enforce State Housing Laws

USA - March 31 2022 In late 2020, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the creation of a “Housing Strike Force” within the California Department of Justice…

State Housing Law Again Preempts Subjective Local Development Standards

USA - February 28 2022 On February 2, 2022, in Bankers Hill 150 v. City of San Diego, __ Cal.App.5th __ (Case No. D077963), the Fourth District Court of Appeal relied on…

Court Affirms City’s Determination That Substantial Evidence Supports Approval of Mixed-Use Development Project

USA - January 31 2022 On September January 12, 2022, in Old East Davis Neighborhood Association v. City of Davis, __ Cal.App.5th __ (Case No. C090117), the Third District…

California Department of Housing and Community Development Warns San Francisco About Potential Violations of State Housing Law

USA - November 24 2021 For decades developers and landowners have considered San Francisco as a City that is unfriendly to property rights. From the City’s Hotel Conversion…

California Enacts New Housing Legislation to Increase Supply and Address Housing Crisis

USA - September 30 2021 On September 16, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed several new key housing bills, all of which take effect January 1, 2022, to increase the supply…

California Poised to Enact New Housing Production Laws Despite NIMBY Opposition

USA - August 31 2021 Despite hyperbolic and misleading criticism from various NIMBY groups, California is one step closer to important new state-level land use and…

Supreme Court Issues Another Important Property Rights Decision

USA - July 30 2021 On June 28, 2021, the Supreme Court issued Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco, 594 U.S. ____ (2021), a unanimous per curiam opinion vacating…

Supreme Court Issues Major Property Rights Decision in Favor of Landowners, Confirming that Government-Sanctioned Physical Invasions of Private Property are Categorically Compensable Under the Takings Clause

USA - June 25 2021 In a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, __ U.S. __ (2021) (Case No. 20-107), the Supreme Court issued…