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Introductory Remarks
Coming Events
CLE Anytime
Recent Cases

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, Co-Chairs
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

The Real Property Section is pleased to offer two free events this month that are outside of our traditional programming format. On September 24 at 12:30 p.m. the Section is hosting a networking event focused on working mothers, including top tips on surviving working from home and balancing childcare and schooling. On September 30 at 5:00 p.m. the Section is hosting a Roundtable Discussion between Black lawyers and real estate professionals about diversity issues and their experience with racism in their professional communities and beyond. Further details about these events and registration links can be found below.

Please continue to save the date for the Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium, to be held virtually on November 12, 2020. Please contact Rachel Sanders at if you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities at Crocker.

Rachel M. Sanders
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Coming Events

September 24, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Life of a Working Mom in 2020

Working mothers are invited to join women of the Real Property Section for a lunchtime check in for sharing top tips on surviving working from home and balancing childcare and schooling.

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September 30, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
A Call to Racial Justice: Roundtable Discussion

All LACBA members are invited to join the Real Property Section for a roundtable discussion between Black lawyers and real estate professionals about diversity issues and their experiences with racism in their professional communities and beyond. This candid discussion is designed to broaden the audience’s perspectives and help each of us better advocate for racial justice and equality.

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LACBA Real Property CLE Anytime

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.

Completion Guaranties: Negotiating and Drafting Tips
Supporting Women Real Estate Attorneys – Empowerment Strategies
Recent Developments in Real Estate Finance
Nuts and Bolts of Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure

Recent Cases
- Environmental Law -

A county’s blanket classification of well construction permits as ministerial projects is unlawful; a decision is ministerial if the agency has no discretionary authority to deny or shape the project; for discretionary decisions, the policy makers have empowered the agency to make individualized judgments in light of the particular circumstances involved; the fact that an ordinance contains provisions that allow the permitting agency to exercise independent judgment in some instances does not mean that all permits issued under that ordinance are discretionary.

Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus - filed Aug. 27, 2020
Cite as 2020 S.O.S. 4182
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Funding a settlement obligation does not automatically render the entire sum compensable in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act contribution action, even if that payment is irrevocable.

ASARCO v. Atlantic Richfield - filed Sept. 14, 2020
Cite as 2020 S.O.S. 18-35934
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- Utilities -

A public entity can require a utility to pay to relocate some of its equipment, even if it is acting in its proprietary capacity; however, it can require the utility to pay to relocate all of its equipment only if it is acting in its governmental capacity.

Riverside County Transportation Commission v. Southern California Gas Co. - filed Aug. 24, 2020, Fourth District, Div. Two
Cite as 2020 S.O.S. 4103
Full text click here >


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