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January 2009     MCLE Test and Answer Sheet

Test No. 177: Gimme Shelter

 
 

Instructions for Obtaining MCLE Credit

The Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education elimination of bias credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour. To apply for credit, please follow the instructions.

1. Study the CLE article.

2. Answer the test questions by marking the appropriate boxes. Each question has only one answer.

3. Photocopies of this answer sheet may be submitted; however, this form should not be enlarged or reduced. Mail the answer sheet and the $15 testing fee ($20 for non-LACBA members) to:

Los Angeles Lawyer
MCLE Test
P.O. Box 55020
Los Angeles, CA 90055 

Make checks payable to Los Angeles Lawyer.

4. You can also fill in the test form and submit it directly to LACBA by clicking "Submit." To submit your test answers online you will need to pay by credit card. After submitting your answers you will be presented with a screen requesting payment information. This information will be submitted in a secure mode which will allow you to safely transmit your credit card number over the Internet. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, please print this answer sheet and submit your responses by regular mail.

5. Within six weeks, Los Angeles Lawyer will return your test with the correct answers, a rationale for the correct answers, and a certificate verifying the CLE credit you earned through this self-assessment activity.

6. For future reference, please retain the CLE test materials returned to you.

 
 Test Sheet
 
 

Mark your answers to the test by clicking next to your choice.  All questions must be answered.  Each question has only one answer. This test is worth 1 hour of credit.*

1. Charter cities and counties are exempt from complying with SB 1818.
 True.
 False.

2. SB 1818 mandates that local jurisdictions designate the specific list of incentives and concessions that a developer may select.
 True.
 False.

3. The City of Los Angeles Density Bonus Ordinance allows for a higher density bonus for rental housing projects than the one provided for in SB 1818.
 True.
 False.

4. A developer who receives a density bonus under SB 1818 must restrict the affordable units in its project for at least 30 years.
 True.
 False.

5. SB 1818 does not apply to condominiums or other types of for-sale affordable housing projects.
 True.
 False.

6. Developers may request as a concession:
 A. A floor area increase.
 B. Additional building height.
 C. Reduced building setbacks.
 D. All of the above.

7. A city or county may reject a development concession requested by the developer if it will have a “significant adverse impact” on the environment that cannot be mitigated without rendering the project unaffordable.
 True.
 False.

8. The contribution of an incentive or concession to the affordability of a project is irrelevant for purposes of a local jurisdiction’s decision whether to grant that incentive or concession.
 True.
 False.

9. SB 1818 and the City of Los Angeles Density Bonus Ordinance both grant parking concessions for projects seeking a density bonus.
 True.
 False.

10. The number of people used to calculate the Affordable Housing Cost of a two-bedroom unit is:
 A. 2.
 B. 3.
 C. 4.
 D. 5.

11. In determining the maximum monthly mortgage payment allowed for an affordable family unit, the Affordable Housing Cost set by state law must be reduced by homeowners’ dues, utilities, and property taxes.
 True.
 False.

12. SB 1818 did not modify the density bonus system that existed under prior California law.
 True.
 False.

13. A developer seeking an "off the menu" concession from the City of Los Angeles is required to have a public hearing on the requested concession.
 True.
 False.

14. A moderate-income person who buys a condominium in a project that received a density bonus is required to share any appreciation on the unit with the city or county when the unit is sold.
 True.
 False.

15. State law does not require cities to create affordable housing using a portion of the increased revenues within a redevelopment zone.
 True.
 False.

16. The percentage density bonus granted by SB 1818 is set on a sliding scale based upon the percentage and type (low, very low, or moderate income) of affordable units set aside in the project.
 True.
 False.

17. Very low income, as adjusted for family size, is defined as:
 A. 30 percent of area median income.
 B. 40 percent of area median income.
 C. 50 percent of area median income.
 D. None of the above.

18. Under SB 1818, if a developer sets aside more than the minimum number of very low-income units, the developer will receive--for every 1 percent of very low-income units set aside above the minimum requirement--a 2.5 percent increase in the project density bonus, up to a maximum bonus of 35 percent.
 True.
 False.

19. The development of child care facilities is not one of the purposes for which SB 1818 was enacted.
 True.
 False.

20. Developers of market rate rental housing who designate a certain number of units as affordable are limited to using any density bonus they qualify for to building additional affordable units.
 True.
 False.

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* The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This self-assessment activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.

 


 
  
 

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