Latest Events

  • JAN 11

    Dianne Jackson McLean Speaking at the 6th Annual CMCP/Kaiser CLE Marathon

    10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
    Kaiser Permanente
    Ordway Building, 22nd Floor
    One Kaiser Plaza
    Oakland, CA 94612


    Join Dianne Jackson McLean for a panel discussion on “The Ethics Game: An Interactive Approach to Understanding the Top Legal Ethics Developments in California in 2016” at the 6th Annual CMCP/Kaiser CLE Marathon.


  • OCT 23

    Barb Kautz and Eric Phillips Speaking at 2016 American Planning Association California Conference

    October 22–25, 2016
    Pasadena Convention Center


    Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys Barbara Kautz and Eric Phillips will be participating in two panels during the 2016 APA California conference:


    “Moving Beyond a Project’s Effects on the Environment: Addressing Environmental Impacts on Projects Outside of CEQA”
    Sunday, October 23, 2016
    1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


    In 2015, the California Supreme Court stated that impacts of the environment on a project no longer required analysis under CEQA. In this session, planning and legal professionals will describe the Court’s ruling and alternative tools that can be used to examine the effects of the environment on projects.


    “Density Bonus Dos, Do Nots, and Don’t Knows”
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    8:00–9:30 a.m.


    The State’s Density Bonus Law was intended to encourage the development of affordable housing. However, it has evolved into a very complex law that poses challenges for planners in evaluating requests. This panel will discuss the statute’s requirements and mandates to local agencies; agency discretion in evaluating developer requests; incentives, concessions and waivers; and best practices.




    Barbara Kautz, AICP, JD

    Barbara Kautz is a partner with Goldfarb & Lipman LLP and an AICP fellow. She practices in the areas of land use, inclusionary and affordable housing, CEQA/NEPA compliance, and economic development. Barbara has over 30 years of land use experience. Immediately prior to joining Goldfarb, she was the Community Development Director and Assistant City Manager for the City of San Mateo. She is currently a member of the Mayor’s Housing Cabinet in Oakland and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities and the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.


    Eric Eric Phillips, JD

    Eric Phillips practices in the areas of real estate, affordable housing, land use, and CEQA compliance. Mr. Phillips represents clients in all phases of the development process, including property acquisition, entitlement and administrative approvals, CEQA compliance, and negotiating real estate disputes. Specifically, Mr. Phillips assists clients to negotiate and close purchase and sale agreements, draft commercial leases, advise on matters involving environmental contamination and remediation, perform property diligence, work with technical consultants to prepare Draft and Final EIRs, draft and file entitlement applications, and write ordinances and legislative findings. Mr. Phillips has worked with various nonprofit organizations, including Junior Blind America in Los Angeles, California and the Turkey Creek Community Land Trust in Gulfport, Mississippi on real estate, land use, and environmental matters.


  • OCT 13

    Goldfarb & Lipman Attorneys Presenting at the San Diego Housing Federation's 25th Annual Conference

    Thursday October 13, 2016
    Hilton San Diego Baypoint


    Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys M David Kroot, Isabel Brown, Amy DeVaudreuil, Joshua Mason, Vince Brown and Justin Bigelow will be participating in four panels at the San Diego Housing Federation’s 25th Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference.


    “Really Ready for Rehab?”
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


    Occupied rehab projects present challenges with respect to formal agreements, such as construction contracts, insurance policies and LIHTC partnerships. There are also issues around scheduling, relocation and tenant relations. Understanding potential pitfalls and coordinating multiple parties is key. Plenty to worry about, but you will get plenty of help.


    “What’s Your Game Plan?”
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


    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.


    “Fair Housing: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Site Selection”
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


    High housing costs, historic segregation by ethnicity and income, and the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing complicate site selection. Panelists will discuss state and federal mandates and HUD’s AFFH Tool to navigate affordable housing production in San Diego County from the perspective of both local governments and developers.


    “Housing Accessibility: Navigating the Matrix of Federal, State & Programmatic Requirements”
    3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


    Federal and State Requirements—such as the ADA, Section 504, the Federal Fair Housing Act, TCAC Regulations, California statutes and Title 24—can present a confusing matrix. This will provide guidance about how the requirements affect single-family, multifamily and townhouse new construction and rehabilitation.

  • OCT 07

    Lynn Hutchins and Karen Tiedemann Speaking at 2016 California League of Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach, California

    Friday, October 7, 2016
    Long Beach Convention Center


    Lynn Hutchins and Karen Tiedemann will be speaking at the California League of Cities Annual Conference about California’s Density Bonus Law.

  • MAY 10

    Edgewater Isle Apartments Grand Re-opening

    1510 Marina Vista, San Mateo
    May 10, 2016
    Noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Program begins at 12:30 p.m.


    Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the newly renovated Edgewater Isle apartment complex in San Mateo. Edgewater Isle is a 92-unit seniors apartment complex, home to 111 low-income seniors.


    Units will be available for viewing. Light refreshments provided.


    Funders: Citibank, National Equity Fund, San Mateo County Housing Authority, CalHFA, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC), California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC)


    Partners: NIBBI Brothers General Contractors; Pyatok Architects; Autotemp, relocation services; Mike Rogers Consulting; Gilbert Chan, Construction Management Consultant; City of San Mateo; County of San Mateo


    Please RSVP at (650) 348-6660 or by May 3, 2016


    Event Sponsors: BBVA Compass and HIP Housing

  • APR 25

    Ground Breaking—Valley View Apartments

    We’re breaking ground at Valley View!


    Monday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.
    Valley View Apartments | 103 Silver Dollar Way | Chico, CA


    Valley View Apartments is an affordable permanent supportive housing community for low-income Mental Health Services Act-eligible adults living with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


    Sponsored by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Inc. and Palm Communities


    Funding for this project is provided by Butte County Behavioral Health Mental Health Services Act Program, the City of Chico HOME and CDBG programs, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.


    RSVP for the event by clicking here.
    For more information, call (530) 247-3372.

  • APR 13

    Garfield Park Village Grand Re-Opening

    721 Bay Street, Santa Cruz, CA
    Monday, May 16, 2016
    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


    Program starts at 1:30 p.m.
    Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided


    Christian Church Homes is proud to present the newly renovated Garfield Park Village, a sustainable and affordable community located in the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. Garfield Park Village has been serving local seniors for 50 years, and will now serve for 50 more years. Please join us to celebrate this meaningful event!


    Funding is made possible by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, City of Santa Cruz, National Equity Fund, and Union Bank.

  • MAR 01

    Margaret Jung Moderating at ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

    Join Margaret Jung on January 26, 2016 at noon for “The Multiple Challenges of Multiple Building Projects,” a 90-minute panel on the challenges posed by TCAC projects with multiple buildings.

    This panel of legal and accounting experts will discuss the multiple challenges that arise when a project consists of more than one building. The panelists will discuss the impact of multiple buildings on the Form 8609, the minimum set aside, lease-up, the next available unit rule, contiguity rules, the 50% test, allocation of acquisition basis, and other issues that may arise. Panelists include Charles A. Rhuda III from Novogradac & Company LLP, Boston, MA; Natalie B. Sherman from Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, Baltimore, MD; and Alysse E. Hollis from Jones Walker LLP, Cincinnati, OH. Click here for more information.