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School District Construction Projects During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the role of schools in the community has been drastically changed to meet the needs of students and adjust to the crisis. Amongst the areas of school district operations put in question is the status of school construction projects. The actions taken by the state officials and some county officials are […]

AB 695 Makes Significant Changes to Community College District Design-Build and Facilities Use Law

On October 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 695 (“AB 695”).  AB 695 extends the authorization for community college districts to use design-build by another ten years, until January 1, 2030.  AB 695 also includes a skilled and trained workforce requirement for community college design-build projects, mirroring the existing requirement for […]

Office Of Public School Construction Adds Submission Requirements For Applications For School Facilities Program Funding

On September 12, 2018 the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) changed its submission requirements for Applications for Funding (Form SAB 50-04) for the School Facility Program (SFP) New Construction Program. OPSC changed its procedures due to receipt of recent requests for funding that exceed the bond authority for the SFP New Construction Program. Effective […]

Court Of Appeal Ruling Means More Money For School Districts With New Residential Housing Projects

The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in 1901 First Street Owner v. Tustin Unified School District (Cal.App., 2018 DJDAR 2993) means more money for school districts in developer fees when new residential housing is constructed within a school district.  Interior space outside individual apartment units, such as interior hallways, storage rooms, mechanical rooms, fitness […]

State Allocation Board Increases Residential and Commercial-Industrial School Facility Fees

On January 24, 2018, the State Allocation Board approved substantial increases in residential and commercial-industrial school facility fees (“developer fees”) to $3.79 and $0.61 per square foot, respectively, from the current rates of $3.48 and $0.56, respectively.  School districts may now adopt these higher rates by Board resolution. These fees are “Level 1” fees which […]

New Law Imposes Significant Changes to Public Works Contractor Registration and Prevailing Wage Reporting

On June 27, 2017 Governor Brown signed SB 96 which is effective immediately and will be implemented by the Department of Industrial Relations starting July 1, 2017. SB 96 makes significant changes to the contractor registration and prevailing wage monitoring program. Some of these changes may be helpful to school and community college districts while […]

New Law Revises Lease-Leaseback Procedures For School Districts

September 30, 2016 Assembly Bill 2316 Assembly Bill 2316 (“AB 2316”) has now been signed into law by the Governor in an effort to address uncertainty in the area of lease-leaseback construction projects.  Previously, the Court of Appeal decisions in Davis v. Fresno Unified School District (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 261 and McGee v. Balfour Beatty […]

Friends of the College v. San Mateo Community College District: A Major CEQA Victory for District

The California Supreme Court handed down its latest California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) decision, Friends of the College v. San Mateo Community College District, on September 19, 2016. The decision is a major victory for agencies, including K-12 and community college districts, considering changes to a previously approved project that required environmental review. Friends of […]

Court Issues Ruling in Favor of State Allocation Board in Lawsuit Regarding Level III Developer Fees

On May 25, 2016 the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) voted to authorize Level III Developer Fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7. Shortly thereafter the California Building Industry Association (“CBIA”) filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento Superior Court challenging the action of the SAB, in a case entitled California Building Industry Association v. State Allocation […]

Sacramento Superior Court Issues Tentative Ruling in Favor of State Allocation Board in Lawsuit Regarding Level III Developer Fees

As you will recall, on May 25, 2016 the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) voted to authorize Level III Developer Fees, consistent with Government Code section 65995.7. Shortly thereafter the California Building Industry Association (“CBIA”) filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento Superior Court challenging the action of the SAB, in a case entitled California Building Industry […]

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