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The Real Property Section Newsletter is published monthly by the Real Property Section.

Rachel M. Sanders
Senior Counsel | Real Estate Litigation
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP


Real Property Executive Committee:


Kelsey M. Thayer 

Vice Chair (Programming)
Teresa Y. Hillery 

Vice Chair (Communications)
Rachel M. Sanders

Vice Chair (Membership)
Daniel K. Liffmann

Owen P. Gross

Trudi J. Lesser

Immediate Past Chair
Eric A. Altoon



Norman A. Chernin
Claire Hervey Collins
Caroline Dreyfus
Brant H. Dveirin
Kimia Ghalambor
Marcia Gordon
Jane L. Hinton
Laurence L. Hummer
Danielle Katzir
Linda E. Spiegel
Ira J. Waldman

Law School Liaison
Misty M. Sanford

Barrister’s Liaison (non-voting)
Vivienne Chen

Section Administrator
Fatima Jones



Commercial Development and Leasing Subsection, Co-Chairs
Steven Farenbaugh
Dan Villalpando

Construction Law Subsection, Chair
John D. Hanover

General Real Property Subsection, Co-Chairs
Michael Davis
Joe Dzida

Land Use Planning and Environmental Law, Subsection Chair
Julie Hamill

Real Estate Finance Subsection, Co-Chairs
Mark Hikin
Gretta Moy

Title Insurance Subsection, Chair
James H. Treadwell



Roy H. Aaron*
Eric A. Altoon 
Michael J. Bayard
Stephen M. Blitz
Susan J. Booth
Elizabeth Spedding Calciano
Robert E. Carter
Norm Chernin
R. Bradbury Clark*
Claire Hervey Collins 
Professor William Coskran
Caroline Dreyfus
Anson Dreison*
Brant H. Dveirin
Peter Gelles
Gail Gordon*
Byron Hayes, Jr.
Gordon Hunt
Bryan C. Jackson
Michael S. Klein
Preston Kline*
Bernard Kolbor
Robert Krueger*
Mark L. Lamken*
Marvin Leon
Gregg J. Loubier
Victor I. Marmon
Jerold L. Miles
O’Malley M. Miller
Rodney Moss*
Donald C. Nanney
Gytis L. Nefas
Carl B. Phelps
Laurence G. Preble
James D. Richman
Peter E. Robinson
Floyd Sayer*
Margaret J. Schock
Ronald I. Silverman
Sarah V.J. Spyksma
Theresa C. Tate
Timothy M. Truax
Richard S. Volpert
Ira J. Waldman
Alan Wayte*
Pamela L. Westhoff
John W. Whitaker
George H. Whitney*
Norma J. Williams
John M. Yunker, Jr.
Paula Reddish Zinnemann




Introductory Remarks

On January 19, the Title Insurance Sub-Section presented “Nuts and Bolts of E-Recording” with speakers Anya Stanley and Michele Ellison from Gibbs Giden, and Jaime Pailma from the LA County Recorder’s Office. The program covered recent legislative changes, LA County’s Notary Acceptance Policy, and the most common reasons for recording rejections. The program also provided a tutorial on how law firms can become authorized to e-record, including the requirements of SECURE for Southern California and CeRTNA for Northern California and how these portals work. This program was extremely useful for transactional attorneys, attorneys representing lenders, attorneys representing title companies, and in-house counsel for title companies and lenders. It will soon be available to view on LACBA’s website.

Rachel M. Sanders
Editor, Real Property Section Newsletter
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Even if you can't attend our Real Property Section events, you can earn CLE credit by viewing our streaming videos. Here are a few options. Click any link below.

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Recent Cases
- Damages -

Complete physical dispossession of a property is not a prerequisite to an award of damages under Code of Civil Procedure §1268.620.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District v. Superior Court (DSS-2731 Myrtle) - filed Dec. 1, 2020, publication ordered Dec. 28, 2020, Third District
Cite as 2020 S.O.S. 6220
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- Due Process -

A property owner’s due process rights were not violated where the city retained a private law firm as outside counsel in a civil public nuisance action, where outside counsel was not hired on a contingency basis and had no direct financial interest in the outcome of the litigation, and where neutral government officials actually supervised and controlled the action. Health and Safety Code §17980.7(c)(11), serves to further important public policies unrelated to the suppression of free expression and passes constitutional muster; §17980.7(c)(11) is the applicable statute where a receiver has been appointed pursuant to §17980.7(c).

City of Norco v. Mugar - filed Dec. 11, 2020, publication ordered Jan. 8, 2021, Fourth District, Div. Two
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 145
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- Environmental Law -

The Bureau of Land Management’s 2017 offer and sale of oil and gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska represented an irretrievable commitment of resources necessitating site-specific analysis in an environmental impact statement; a programmatic EIS prepared for a broad-scale land use plan categorically can provide the site-specific analysis required for irretrievable commitments of resources.

Northern Alaska Environmental Center v. U.S. Department of the Interior - filed Dec. 22, 2020
Cite as 2020 S.O.S. 19-35008
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Local governments have the authority to levy a fee on businesses to cover the local governments’ environmental regulation compliance inspection costs if the fee does not exceed the reasonable cost of the inspections, is not levied for unrelated revenue purposes, and is fairly allocated among the fee payers. Government Code §54999.7 does not permit one public entity to install equipment on another public entity’s premises and then charge the other entity for their installation and ongoing maintenance.

Department of Finance v. Commission on State Mandates (County of Los Angeles) - filed Jan. 4, 2021, Second District, Div. One
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 55
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A public agency may not acquire appropriative rights in water from an aquifer absent a surplus in that aquifer to which appropriative rights can attach.

Antelope Valley Groundwater Cases - filed Dec. 9, 2020, publication ordered Jan. 7, 2021, Fifth District
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 114
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- Subdivision Map Act -

The doctrine of laches can apply to a petition for exclusion under the Subdivision Map Act.

Decea v. County of Ventura - filed Jan. 15, 2021, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 225
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- Uniform Voidable Transactions Act -

Under the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, physically relocating personal property and transmitting or transporting sale proceeds out of state, then transmuting them into a different legal form, may constitute a direct or indirect mode of parting with assets or one’s interest in those assets.

Nagel v. Westen - filed Jan. 7, 2021, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 127
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- Unlawful Detainer -

A property owner can file an unlawful detainer action under Code of Civil Procedure §1161(3) based on a notice served by its predecessor in interest; the Legislature did not mandate that a notice under §1161(2), (3), or (4) identify the party to whom a tenant should surrender possession of the property.

Lee v. Kotyluk - filed Jan. 7, 2021, Fourth District, Div. Three
Cite as 2021 S.O.S. 121
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