Gresham Savage Awarded Riverside Chambers “Business of the Year”

Gresham Savage has been named “Business of the Year” for 2016, by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. In a ceremony attended by over 800, on March 23, 2017, the firm was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the Riverside business community, and for 107 years of continuous legal service to its valued clients. Principal...

Jerome Grossman to speak at Strafford live webinar, “Opinions of Counsel in Lending Transactions: Scope and Assumptions, Substantive Opinions, and Qualifications”

Jerome Grossman to speak at Strafford live webinar, “Opinions of Counsel in Lending Transactions: Scope and Assumptions, Substantive Opinions, and Qualifications” Thursday, April 13, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. More about this event at: https://www.straffordpub.com/products/tld3tehnra?trk=ZDFCT

Have You Received A Postcard From The BLM?

Many holders of mining claims in the Southern California desert have recently received a postcard or an email from the Bureau of Land Management (the “BLM”) advising of the passage of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (the “DRECP”). The card notes that the DRECP was adopted in September of 2016, and advises that if...

Class Action Lawsuit Tests Constitutional Limits of Tiered Rates and Penalties Imposed for Excessive Water Use

In the January edition of Argent Communications’ California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Gresham|Savage attorneys Derek Hoffman and Michael Duane Davis report on the implications of recent litigation regarding the ever-controversial issue of establishing water rates and penalties.  The class action lawsuit, filed by a handful of prominent property owners, alleges that the Town of...

California Supreme Court Holds That Information Contained In Invoices For Active Legal Matters Is Privileged And Not Subject To Disclosure Under The California Public Records Act Only Where The Information Relates To Legal Consultation

In a decision that “implicates both the public’s interest in transparency and a public agency’s interest in confidential communications with its legal counsel,” the California Supreme Court held in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, et al. __ Cal.4th __, Case No. S226645 (Cal. Supreme Court, Dec. 29, 2016) that invoices for...

California Dairy Farms Face Uncertainty After Governor Brown Signs SB 1383 Into Law

In September 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Bill (SB 1383) into law, setting aggressive year 2030 emissions reduction targets for three “super pollutants”—black carbon, fluorinated gases, and methane.  To achieve the reduction targets, SB 1383 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop strategies that will reduce methane and fluorinated...

U.S. Department Of Interior Completes Phase I Of The DRECP To Help Streamline Renewable Energy Projects Throughout California Deserts

On September 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) signed a Record of Decision completing Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which allows for the streamlining of renewable energy projects on 10.8 million acres of public lands located within California deserts. Phase I of the DRECP, which has been...

Department of Water Resources and State Water Resources Control Board Develop Framework to Implement Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16

In the December edition of the California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Gresham|Savage attorneys Derek Hoffman and Michael Duane Davis report on the Executive Order B-37-16 implementation process and its implications as California enters what may be a sixth straight year of drought: Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16, entitled...

South Coast Air Board Will Not Be Expanded: Jonathan Shardlow and Martin Stratte Author Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter Article

Senate Bill 1387 sought to add three new “environmental justice” members to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board, however, the August 31 vote fell short of passage. In their Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter article “South Coast Air Board Will Not Be Expanded to Include ‘Environmental Justice’ Members as SB...

Best Practices for Trust Funding: Brandon Spivack Authors California Lawyer Article

Newer legal developments have altered the once-familiar approach for estate planners: prepare a trust and execute a deed so real property gets transferred into the new trust. However, estate planners are now faced with new concerns related to the transfer of property. In his California Lawyer article “Best Practices for Trust Funding,” Associate Brandon Spivack...