Peter’s POV – September 2017

CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT TO BE AN EVEN MORE TAXING BUSINESS

It seems like there is just no end to the ways bureaucrats dream up to try and choke the market based economy. The newest twist is to slap a “linkage fee” on new developments in the city of Los Angeles. Based on mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposal, the Los Angeles City Council would levy a $5.00 per square foot fee on new commercial development and a $12.00 or more per square foot fee on new market rate residential development. Residential projects with five or fewer units would pay $1.00 per square foot. This additional revenue would go toward City controlled low income housing. Is this just another way to allow government to take over the free market economy? Do we really want the government to take over the housing industry? What would be the effect of this additional expense on new developments?

Peter’s POV – May 2017

THE LEANING TOWER OF… SAN FRANCISCO?

It looks like the City of San Francisco is adding a new tourist attraction to the city’s landscape. The Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, The Embarcadero, The Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Lombard Street just to name a few, will be joined with a new attraction so even more tourist can cram into the already jam packed city.

What I’m talking about?

Peter’s POV – January 2017

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

This is really earth shattering news!

A short time ago Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1069 and AB 2299, known as the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) State Law, effective January 1, 2017. These laws are a significant change to the State’s ADU regulations. The new laws require that local jurisdictions allow ADUs by-right under certain mandatory development standards, and require that local jurisdictions, if seeking to establish additional regulations, do so via an ordinance facilitating the ministerial creation of ADUs, consistent with state law.

THE REALLY BIG ONE

When my beautiful and smart daughter moved to Seattle recently I was happy and proud of her achieving the things in life she was pursuing. After all she is a professional geologist with a Master Degree, a California State Professional Licensee and has an unbelievable positive outlook on life. She is doing great and having lots of fun there. She is very happy. I was too, until I read the following article in the New Yorker. It is about “The Really Big One” and it is one of the most intriguing science based articles I’ve read recently, written by Kathryn Schulz, staff writer of “The New Yorker”. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and a National Magazine Award for “The Really Big One”, her story on the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest.

SOFT-STORY RETROFIT

SOFT-STORY RETROFIT
 
As you probably know the new mandatory “Soft Story Retrofit” ordinance took effect on Nov. 22, 2015 Our office is experiencing an increasing volume of this ordinance related work. We worked out the most effective, safe and economical retrofitting engineering to save money to the landlords. In many instances we proved with calculations only that no retrofitting work was necessary. We hired more people to handle the work load, so we’re completely geared up for the engineering work of the mandatory soft-story retrofitting in Los Angeles.
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