Represented landowners throughout Northern California for total and partial takes—e.g. agricultural, nurseries, restaurants, service stations, packing plants, industrial, professional office, commercial, racing pigeon facility, motel, residential and pet cemetery. Clients included Sobrato Development, Oakridge Golf Course, Arcadia Development and California Giant Berry Farms.
Clients include the Hertz Corporation whose Pacific Operation site in Millbrae was taken for a BART station and numerous owners whose land was partially taken for the Santa Clara Valley light rail including SJW Land, Coherent Inc., Peery & Arrillaga, San Jose V Investors, Marbury REIFF and Macy’s. The firm is currently advising and representing clients with issues related to BART’s extension into Santa Clara County and the California high speed rail project.
Represented property owners in the take of property for high voltage eminent domain power lines easements seeking substantial severance damages. The properties include unimproved land in the McCarthy Business Park, Milpitas, ranch land with residential development potential for Harris Ranch, Coalinga, an office complex for Catellus Development, San Jose and an R&D park owned by ProLogis, Fremont.
Represented property owners such as Barry Swenson builders whose office building in Stockton was taken and business owners of gas stations, warehouses, markets, shopping centers, a radio station, machine shop, a walnut processing plant, and printing facility whose property was taken for various city projects.
Represented developer Glen Loma for the take of their property by Morgan Hill Unified School District.
We represented the owners of the Tropicana Shopping Center, in their successful challenge against San Jose’s attempt to take their property.
On the government side we represented the City of Half Moon Bay Community Development for the take of property for a golf-course residential community and Salinas Union High School District’s condemnation for an adult education center and for the Salinas High School Expansion.
Represented owners in the takes of their property for flood control projects such as the Guadalupe River project in San Jose and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Conveyance Tunnel (new peripheral canal). For a 43-mile water pipeline project by the Metropolitan Water District, we represented on appeal Campus Crusade for Christ Inc., owner of the property where the former Arrowhead Resort is situated in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Processed land use approvals for the golf courses of Boulder Ridge, San Juan Oaks, Cinnabar Hills, and CordeValle. In the case of Boulder Ridge, defended environmental challenge in court and successfully prosecuted inverse action over excess open space dedication, then negotiated settlement. Also represented various recreation clubs regarding permit compliance and Garrod Farms Riding Stables and Winery in Saratoga for a variety of land use issues both city and county.
Processed general plan amendments and zoning for Silicon Valley industrial campuses such as Syntex in Evergreen and IBM’s Almaden Research Lab on 600 acres in south San Jose. Processed the permit for the Great Mall renovation in Milpitas for Swerdlow Co., for Home Depot and other big box retailers.
Processed local, state and federal land use approvals for new and expanding sanitary landfills and recycling centers, including Kirby Canyon, Guadalupe, Recology Zanker Resource Recovery, Z-Best Compost and Recology. Successfully defended environmental challenges to Kirby Canyon and Guadalupe Landfills. Also processed permits for Stevens Creek and Lexington quarries.
Processed general plan amendments and zoning for several residential developments, including Silver Creek Planned Residential Community of 1500 homes and golf course in the Evergreen hillside area.