The Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal held that arbitration clauses are unenforceable in continuing care retirement community tenancy agreements.

Harris and four other residents (“Harris”) live in the University Village Thousand Oaks (UVTO) continuing care and retirement community. Residents of UVTO must sign a contract before moving in. Pursuant to the

CHW’s quarterly newsletter on public law topics is out. You can see it here.

This issue has articles on:

  • A new ruling of the Federal Communications Commission further expanding federal preemption of local regulation of cell tower and other communications infrastructure;
  • A new decision of the Court of Appeal extending time to sue under

The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that a city’s approval of a vesting tentative map is binding on the city even if the property covered by the map is located in a coastal zone subject to the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission. Other parts of the opinion addressing ripeness

The Court of Appeal recently affirmed, in North Murrieta Community, LLC v. City of Murrieta, that developers can be held to pay additional impact fees, despite holding a vesting tentative tract map, if a subsequent development agreement allowed for such fees. In 1999, the City of Murrieta approved a vesting tentative map for a

Last week, The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved moving forward with study of a “vacancy tax” it might add to the November 2020 ballot. The Los Angeles vacancy tax would likely be modeled after Oakland’s Measure W — which voters approved in 2018 by a 70%–30% margin, meeting Proposition 218’s two-thirds threshold for special

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted, on a divided, party-line vote, a new Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that expands wireless telecommunications carriers rights under federal law to install and expand cell towers and related wireless facilities. The FCC adopted this ruling to, in its own words, “facilitate