Latest Events

  • SEP 22

    Lynn Hutchins and Barbara Kautz discuss "New State Housing Bills and Their Impact on Project Approval" at SCANPH Annual Conference

    Get the rundown on bills that have been signed by Governor Jerry Brown and what can be expected in the next legislative session to gain a better understanding of how new legislation could affect your projects. Based on the legislature’s concern that local governmental approvals are one of the biggest obstacles to housing development at all income levels, numerous bills have been introduced to provide “by right” approvals, require faster approvals, and narrow the grounds for denying or reducing the density of conforming housing projects.


    Participants include Goldfarb & Lipman partner Lynn Hutchins, who will act as the panel moderator; and partner Barbara Kautz as a panelist.


    For more information, click here.

  • MAY 26


    Thursday, June 8, 2017
    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    18028 Valley Boulevard, Bloomington, CA


    Bloomington Grove Phase II is the second phase of the Bloomington Mixed Use Development, which is comprised of a multi-family rental housing development for extremely-low, very-low and low income households.


    Sponsored by Related California and the County of San Bernardino.


    Funding for this project is provided by the County of San Bernardino, US Bank, N.A., and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.


    RSVP for the event by clicking here.
    For more information, call (949) 660-7272

  • APR 21

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Speaking at 36th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat

    Silverado Resort and Spa
    1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA
    April 21 – 23, 2017


    Rental Demonstration Program (RAD)
    Moderator Dianne Jackson McLean with William DiCamillo, Goldfarb & Lipman
    April 21
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.


    This panel will discuss the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Rental Demonstration Program (RAD), a program used to convert traditional public housing to private ownership in the City and County of San Francisco (the “City”). Under this program, 28 projects consisting of over 4,000 public housing units were conveyed by the Housing Authority of the City and County of San Francisco (the “Authority”) to private ownership. The panel will discuss how the City and the Authority used the RAD program to generate over $800 million of public and private financing, from the City, HUD, tax-exempt bonds, low-income housing tax credits and private financing, to make much needed deferred capital improvements to the public housing units, which are now under private ownership. The panel will discuss the unique legal issues involved in the transactions, including title issues, relocation issues, financing issues and the use of forms documents by the eight development teams for the 28 projects’ closings.


    State’s Density Bonus Law
    Moderator Dianne Jackson McLean with Barbara Kautz and Eric Phillips, Goldfarb & Lipman
    April 22
    10:45 – 12:15 a.m.


    Barbara Kautz and Eric Phillips will be speaking on a panel moderated by Dianne Jackson McLean at the 2017 Real Property Law Section Retreat in Napa, California. The panel will cover all aspects of interpreting and applying the state’s density bonus law, including identifying what projects are eligible for a density bonus, what benefits are these projects entitled to once they’re even eligible for a density bonus, what discretion does the city or county have in granting these benefits, and what should a city or county include in its local ordinances and procedures. The discussion will cover recent developments in the state law enacted during the last legislative session, as well as relevant case law.


    Click here for more information on the conference.

  • MAR 22

    Karen Tiedemann and Rafael Yaquian presenting at the 37th Annual CALED Conference, San Diego



    March 21 – 23, 2017
    Wyndham San Diego Bayside
    San Diego, CA


    Meeting the Challenge: Layering CED Tools


    March 22
    10:30 a.m. to Noon


    In this session, Karen Tiedemann and Rafael Yaquian will present a legal survey of tax increment financing tools and examine case studies to help you meet the challenges of layering financing subsidies for economic development.


    Click here for more information.

  • MAR 08

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Presenting at the 2017 Housing California Annual Conference

    “The Whole Caboodle: Understanding the Legal Documents in a Multifamily Housing Closing”


    Pre-Conference Institute
    Wednesday, March 8
    Presenters: Isabel Brown, William DiCamillo, Elizabeth Klueck


    Each affordable development project has a voluminous set of loan documents, such as loan agreements, regulatory agreements, promissory notes, deeds of trust, and assignment agreements from multiple lenders. In addition, there may be documents that govern the ownership structure, such as an operating agreement and a partnership agreement with an investor, plus other documents. Then, throw in architect and construction contracts, and there are enough documents to make your head spin! At best, it is a headache to read through all these documents. At worst, they contain pages and pages of legalese so intimidating and confusing that the documents are ignored. This workshop will unravel the mystery of all this paper so that you can understand why these documents are so important and what they do. It will also help you get a handle on how to review and negotiate these documents so that you can communicate your organization’s goals to your lenders, attorneys, and other key participants in the deal.


    “What Lies Beneath: The Top 10 Lurking Dangers in Standard Construction Contract Provisions”


    Workshops – Session I
    Thursday, March 9
    Presenters: William DiCamillo, Isabel Brown


    Back by popular demand!


    In the sprint to closing a construction loan for an affordable housing project, the construction contract is frequently overlooked, and often misunderstood. While loan documents, partnership agreements and other documents command attention and negotiation, the construction contract, in contrast, is often treated as a mere afterthought. After all, the AIA-standard forms are mostly boilerplate stuff that someone must have thought made sense, and all we need to think about is the contract sum and the schedule, right? Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom is anything but wise, as the standard AIA construction contract is loaded with provisions that could potentially lead to shocking results. This panel will discuss the 10 most significant provisions-including some hidden risk allocation provisions and other clauses that to the untrained eye appear harmless but, in fact, fundamentally alter the owner’s expectations.


    “Parking—If You Build It, Will They Come?”


    Workshops – Session I
    Thursday, March 9
    Presenter: Eric Phillips


    Structured “podium” parking is expensive. The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and other funders are looking for ways to cut costs on development, yet parking remains a top concern for neighbors. We will look at the evolving parking construction laws and examine alternatives to building concrete parking structures. We’ll take a glimpse at future parking demand with the mass adoption of car-sharing services.


    “What’s Your Game Plan?”


    Workshops – Session VI
    Friday, March 10
    Presenters: Amy DeVaudreuil, Vincent Brown


    Parting ways with a tax credit investor following the 15-year compliance period can be fraught with financial and legal issues; thus, a successful investor exit takes planning. Workshop attendees will learn what to look for when analyzing the current project and which questions to ask prior to initialing the investor’s exit. In addition, attendees will walk away with a list of tips and workable techniques for an optimal negotiation.

  • MAR 03

    Barbara Kautz Speaking at the League of California Cities Municipal Law Institute Symposium

    Join Barbara Kautz at the Municipal Law Institute Symposium hosted by the League of California Cities, UC Irvine School of Law, 401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92697.


  • FEB 15

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Magnolia Crossing

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Magnolia Crossing
    Southwest corner of Sierra Avenue and 168 Freeway, Clovis, CA
    10:00 a.m.


    Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California is breaking ground on their Magnolia Crossing development, California’s first state-of-the-art, mixed-income, senior assisted living community in Clovis, California. Visit for more information.

  • JAN 26

    Luis Rodriguez Speaking at the 2017 Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference, San Diego, CA

    2017 Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference
    The Hilton Bay Front Hotel, San Diego, CA
    January 26-27, 2017

    Panel Discussion: Target Populations
    January 26, 4:00–5:00 p.m.


    As part of the 2017 Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference, Goldfarb & Lipman attorney Luis Rodriguez will participate in a panel discussion on “Target Populations” on Thursday, January 26, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    While targeted population transactions may contain more compliance considerations, they are a critical tool that can allow impactful projects access to NMTC financing. Hear best practices on how to qualify a targeted population’s transaction as well as how to monitor that the project continues to satisfy the target population requirements.


    Panelists also include Mary Beth Hubner, Holland & Knight; David Lutz, Stinson Leonard Street; and Christopher Pierce, Lathrop & Gage LLP.


    Click here for more information on the conference.