Uncertainty About an Agency’s Discretion to Determine Historical Significance for Purposes of CEQA is Finally Put to Rest

Resolving a long-standing debate, the court in Friends Of The Willow Glen Trestle v. City Of San Jose (H041563), 6th Dist. Aug. 12, 2016,  ruled that San José’s determination that a railroad trestle bridge was not a historic resource was to be evaluated under the substantial evidence standard of review.

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One Unanticipated Cost of Being an Owner-Builder in California: Liability for Retained Control Over Safety

By | Ahead of Schedule | September 28, 2016
One Unanticipated Cost of Being an Owner-Builder in California: Liability for Retained Control Over Safety

Many times I hear from people who want to “save money” and serve as their own “owner-builder” under the exemption to the California Contractor’s Licensing law, which generally requires that any “construction” work over $500 to be performed by a licensed California contractor in the absence of an exemption. 

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