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December 22, 2016

Well, that was fast!

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court denied without opinion our petition for review in Building Industry Association — Bay Area v. City of San Ramon (a mere two days after we filed our reply brief!). The case challenged San Ramon’s new Mello-Roos special tax and levying ordinance under the Act as well as the federal and state const ...

December 19, 2016

San Ramon briefing complete

Today we filed our reply brief on the petition for review in our challenge to a special tax levied by the City of San Ramon’s community facilities district. Our petition asks the California Supreme Court to review the court of appeal’s first-impression interpretation of the Mello-Roos Act’s limitation on municipal services financi ...

October 13, 2016

Loss in San Ramon tax case

This afternoon we received the disappointing news that the California court of appeal has upheld the City of San Ramon’s “special” tax on new development within its territory. Our lawsuit, Building Industry Association — Bay Area v. City of San Ramon, challenged the tax on several grounds. First, the tax violates the statut ...

October 09, 2014

Briefing begun in challenge to Mello-Roos district tax

This week, we filed our opening summary judgment brief in Building Industry Association — Bay Area v. City of San Ramon.  We are challenging the City’s levying of a tax on potentially all new development in the City.  We contend that the tax violates the Mello-Roos Act’s limitations on landowner-approved taxes, as well as the ...