Santa Monica’s mandatory seismic retrofit program to begin in earnest

Researchers have for years warned the public, various government agencies and building owners/managers of the potential dangers related to older buildings within reach of Southern California’s notorious faults in a major earthquake. In short, what building experts once thought would be sufficient, in terms of structural design requirements, we now know could leave building occupants … Continue reading Santa Monica’s mandatory seismic retrofit program to begin in earnest

How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year

San Diego has been at the epicenter of the microbrewery and craft beer scene since the beginning. The neighborhood my wife and I lived in when we were first married went from being an affordable place to rent an apartment, to becoming the scene for artisanal brews. The hookers have been mostly displaced by hipsters.

Besides my own personal observations, and bold statements made by various pundits in the local beer scene, is there really anything to this craft beer explosion in San Diego? Continue reading “How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year”

San Diego: With a shortage of housing, why is it so hard to get a housing project going?

My colleague Alan Nevin provides a much-needed clarity to understanding the development challenges in San Diego in this piece, which originally appeared in the Daily Transcript. There is a study yet to be published that found that up to 39% of the cost of a residential housing unit in the San Diego region is strictly … Continue reading San Diego: With a shortage of housing, why is it so hard to get a housing project going?

Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes

Tim Logan via the LA Times: Los Angeles passed a law last year requiring bicycle racks within 50 feet of the front door of many new buildings. But a problem surfaced immediately: The federal Americans With Disabilities Act requires handicapped parking spaces with an easy path to the door clear of things like bikes. The … Continue reading Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes

Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs

Colleague, friend, and leading economist, Alan Nevin, wrote a fascinating article for the San Diego Daily Transcript on the relationship between apartment construction costs and rental rates. The analysis shows the difference in the costs of developing three different types of apartment projects in San Diego County. The three types are a three-story garden walk-up, … Continue reading Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs

California: Workmanship still not insured under standard Commercial General Liability policies

Tamara Boeck, writing for the Stoel Rives blog, Ahead of Schedule, has written an excellent analysis on a very important appellate decision in the state of California. The case: Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation (PDF) (May 16, 2014, No. BC464209) Cal.App.2d. [2014 WL 2643242] The facts of this dispute are not unfamiliar, … Continue reading California: Workmanship still not insured under standard Commercial General Liability policies

The Next Wave of Condominiums, Litigating the Recession, and More!

I just got done posting my first news update for the Xpera Group website. The title: The Next Wave of Condominiums and Other Updates. The article contains a number of updates which I’d like to highlight here. The Next Wave of Condominiums Our resident Economist, Market Research Analyst and Forensic Expert, Alan Nevin wrote an … Continue reading The Next Wave of Condominiums, Litigating the Recession, and More!

Important Court Decisions Impacting Construction Claims in California – Part 1: Attorneys (WCCCDS 2014)

As promised, over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be publishing a series of articles gleaned from West Coast Casualty’s 2014 Construction Defect Seminar. This article focuses on one appellate decision that impacts attorneys and specifically, their relationship with expert witnesses. Presented by Thomas Halliwell, Esq. and Barry Vaughan, Esq. Somehow, in less than an … Continue reading Important Court Decisions Impacting Construction Claims in California – Part 1: Attorneys (WCCCDS 2014)

West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar for 2014 (WCCCDS 2014): Overview

Another year, another conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA with about 1,500 of my colleagues who work in the construction defect litigation industry. Once again, Dave and Coral Stern put on an outstanding event that was jam-packed with information on how construction claims are being handled, as well as new approaches to resolving … Continue reading West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar for 2014 (WCCCDS 2014): Overview