Category Archives: Local laws and ordinances

building and zoning code enforcement (the Rustic Canyon-Greentree Road case)

What can property owners do if they object to a neighbor’s construction plans? If a neighbor’s construction plans violate Los Angeles building code and/or zoning code provisions,  sue the City and Department of Building & Safety (LADBS).  A court can order … Continue reading

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View Rights Dispute in Malibu – Settled

Earlier this year, we posted about a view rights dispute in Malibu. A New York couple stirred up a storm when they proposed tearing down a Bart Prince-designed home to be replaced by apparently a faux-Tuscan mansion.  The neighbors opposed the … Continue reading

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View Rights Dispute in Malibu

It is time to change California law so as to provide property owners with some basic view rights.  English common law long ago recognized the doctrine of “ancient lights,” under which a landowner acquired, by interrupted user, an easement over … Continue reading

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How will the Hillside Ordinance Will Affect Pacific Palisades?

A new article by local architect Richard Blumenberg, AIA will be up on the main website in the next few days.

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Inverse Condemnation 101; property owners near LAX lose

On April 12, 2011, the Second District of the Court of Appeal issued its decision in City of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (Plotkin), Cite as B225082 Full text http://www.metnews.com/sos.cgi?0411%2FB225082. The case provides a good overview of inverse condemnation law. … Continue reading

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New L.A. Ordinance Restricting Size Of Hillside Homes: Baseline Hillside Ordinance

There is another tool in the view rights arsenal: On April 6, 2011, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed new Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BHO”) (also commonly referred to as the Hillside Mansionization Ordinance), which goes into effect on May 9, … Continue reading

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