West Hollywood punishes developers for building houses

November 04, 2016 | By JEREMY TALCOTT

One thing that nearly all Californians agree on is that the price of housing in this state is too high. The relentlessly rising prices are unmistakable evidence of a housing shortage: not enough homes are built to meet the rising demand. Husband and wife entrepreneurs Shelah and Jonathan Lehrer-Graiwer thought they could help meet that … ...


PLF files opening brief against housing exactions in California Supreme Court

December 11, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

In July of this year, PLF petitioned the California Supreme Court to review a lower court opinion allowing the City of San Jose to essentially takeover 15% of all new homes as units for the city’s affordable housing program.  In September, the Court granted review, and yesterday PLF filed the opening brief on behalf of … ...


California supreme court : affordable housing mandates are exactions

October 18, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Yesterday the California Supreme Court decided an important case in the field of exactions law, Sterling Park v. City of Palo Alto.  The issue in the case was in a sense rather mundane: what is the deadline for filing suit to challenge an affordable housing set aside as a condition of a development permit?  But … ...


PLF petitions california supeme court to review city’s $122,000 per home ‘fee’

July 19, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

This week, PLF filed a petition in the California Supreme Court on behalf of the California Building Industry Association.  The petition asks the Court to review CBIA v. City of San Jose, a very ominous lower court decision that could begin a new flood of extortionate development fees imposed on property owners throughout California. CBIA … ...