• Webinar: Update on the California Consumer Privacy Act Coming January 1, 2020

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. It is important to understand how your business might be affected, including as a result of recent developments that have provided additional requirements and clarifications for CCPA-compliance efforts. On October 10, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a draft of the long-awaited CCPA regulations, and the very next day Governor Gavin Newsom signed seven CCPA amendments into law. Although the draft regulations are subject to upcoming public comment and further revisions, the proposed regulations and amendments provide a near-final view of what the CCPA will ultimately require of businesses when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and when it is enforced by the Attorney General’s office starting July 1, 2020.

    In this recorded webinar, Coblentz Cybersecurity & Data Privacy partner Scott Hall takes a look at the CCPA, further obligations and clarifications that have come from the Attorney General regulations, recent amendments, and what companies that currently, or plan to, do business in California need to do to prepare as the law takes effect.

    Further reading about the CCPA:
    The California Consumer Privacy Act Is Coming. Is Your Business Ready?
    California Consumer Privacy Act Update: Less Than Three Months To Go For Compliance

    You can also stream the webinar recording here and download the presentation slides here.

    This webinar was recorded in collaboration with TAGLaw® Worldwide Alliance of Independent Law Firms. Coblentz is the Northern California representative to TAGLaw, one of the largest legal alliances in the world with more than 9,500 lawyers in over 90 countries. TAGLaw member firms have exceptional reputations for quality of service and client satisfaction, and cooperate to provide resources and expertise as if they were right down the hall from one another. Coblentz has been a member since 2006 and we frequently and successfully use the TAGLaw network to access exemplary regional, national, and international legal resources to help us serve our clients. TAGLaw was recognized by Chambers & Partners as “Elite” for 2019—the highest ranking awarded to legal networks and alliances, and the sixth time TAGLaw has received the “Elite” designation since Chambers & Partners began ranking legal networks and alliances in 2013.

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  • State of the Market and Purchases, Sales and Closing

    On November 7, 2019, Coblentz partner Danna Kozerski will speak about “State of the Market and Purchases, Sales and Closing” at the Practising Law Institute’s 21st Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute.

    The segment will cover:

    • Market trends and projections
    • Drafting and responding to letters of intent
    • Understanding the property from the purchaser’s view, including due diligence v. “going hard”
    • The seller’s perspective and addressing tenant estoppel issues, limits on surviving obligations
    • Entitlements and environmental issues: how they affect the deal
    • Closing the deal: staying organized
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  • SF Board of Supervisors Approves Major Increase to Jobs Housing Linkage Fee

    Costs for many office and laboratory projects in San Francisco are poised to increase. On November 5, 2019, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposed ordinance that would more than double the Citywide Jobs Housing Linkage Fee (JHLF) rate for such projects. The ordinance now moves to the Mayor for consideration.

    As amended by the Board on October 29, 2019, the increased fees would be phased in from the current fee of $28.57 to:

    • $52.20 per gross square foot (gsf) where the project was approved on or before September 10, 2019 with a condition of approval requiring payment of any higher JHLF rate in effect prior to issuance of either the certificate of occupancy or final completion for the project. If such certificate of occupancy or completion is not issued as of the effective date of the ordinance, then the project would be required to pay the incremental difference between the fees assessed at building or site permit issuance and $52.20. This provision only applies to “large capital” office projects (50,000 gsf or more).

    This rate would also apply where a complete Preliminary Project Assessment (PPA) application was filed on or before September 10, 2019, except where a building or site permit is issued as of the effective date of the ordinance, in which case the project would be “grandfathered” and the current fee rate would apply, unless the project is a large capital project subject to a special condition as described above. The fee rate for “small capital” office projects (49,999 gsf or less) under this provision would be $46.98 rather than $52.20.

    • $60.90 per gsf ($54.81 for small capital projects) where a complete Development Application (as defined under Planning Code Section 102) is filed between September 11, 2019 and January 1, 2021, except where the project is grandfathered (see above).
    • $69.60 per gsf ($62.64 for small capital projects) where a Development Application is filed after January 1, 2021.

    For laboratory uses, the same phasing requirements would apply (with the exception of the special condition provision described above), with increases from $19.04 per gsf to $31.43, $34.90 and $38.37 per gsf, respectively.

    See our September blog post for information about the related nexus analysis and feasibility assessment for the proposed fee increase.