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Renewable Energy

  • First Solar - Desert Sunlight solar farm: Largest solar project in the world (when approved). Approx. 4,000 acre/$2 billion project developing a 550 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm near Desert Center, Riverside County. Successfully worked with the County of Riverside to obtain project entitlements, including a Development Agreement, after opposing attempts by the county to impose exorbitant fees/taxes that would have killed the project. Assisted with project engagement on tribal issues and other local governmental and community affairs.
  • SBE US Holdings One, Inc. (Softbank) - Athos I & II solar projects: Approx. 3,400 acre solar project in Desert Center, Riverside County. After successfully assisting prior ownership with entitlements, worked with the project ownership team and Riverside County staff, leadership and elected officials to expedite the processing of 64 grading and building permits to prompt construction of the project, which spurred over 400 local jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to the county.
  • Intersect Power - Athos I & II solar projects: Approx. 3,400 acre project developing a 500 megawatt photovoltaic solar project in Desert Center, Riverside County. Successfully worked with Riverside County to obtain project entitlements and Development Agreement, including significant reduction of Development Impact Fees (DIF's) assessed on the project by the county.
  • NextEra Energy Resources - McCoy solar farm: Approx. 7,700 acre project developing a phased 750 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm near the City of Blythe in Riverside County. Successfully worked with the County of Riverside project to obtain entitlements, including a Development Agreement. Worked with project team to obtain approval from the Riverside County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).
  • First Solar - Desert Quartzite solar farm: Approx. 4,000 acre project developing a 450 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm near the City of Blythe in Riverside County. Successfully worked with the County of Riverside to obtain project entitlements, including a Development Agreement. Worked with project team to obtain approval from the Riverside County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC). Assisted with project engagement on tribal issues and other local governmental and community affairs.
  • Intersect Power - Blythe Mesa solar project: Approx. 1,700 acre project developing a 224 megawatt photovoltaic solar project near Blythe, Riverside County. Assist with re-negotiating the Development Agreement and other issues with the County of Riverside.
  • NextEra Energy Resources - San Jacinto solar project: Approx. 150 acre project developing a 29 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm in the City of San Jacinto. City of San Jacinto project entitlements, including General Plan Amendment and Development Agreement.
  • NextEra Energy Resources - Joshua Tree solar project: Obtained entitlements for a 115 acre 29 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm in San Bernardino County, including overcoming complicated water delivery challenges.
  • Brightstar Environmental - Solid Waste Conversion: Assisted Australian-based Company with California lobbying efforts to change California laws on solid waste conversion technologies.
  • Solid Waste & Recycling
  • Alliance Recycling, Inc. - City of Oakland: Land use enforcement and compliance issues; California Beverage Container Recycling law compliance issues; regulatory compliance and municipal litigation.
  • Allied Defense Recycling - Mare Island/City of Vallejo: Ship breaking and recycling company. Assist with dry dock lease, government contracting, project financing and environmental permitting and compliance.
  • Association of California Recycling Industries: Former legal counsel and lobbyist on State law and regulatory matters, including issues relative to the California Integrated Waste Management Act and the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. Helped lead state-wide effort in distinguishing recyclable material from solid waste.
  • H&C Disposal - City of Hawthorne: Created regulatory allowance for direct transfers of solid waste; solid waste franchise agreement negotiations, drafting and enforcement.
  • Waste Management - Coachella Valley and California: Solid waste franchise agreement negotiations, drafting and enforcement in Cities of Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Legal counsel for San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Sacramento regions.
  • JTZ, Inc. - City of Oxnard: Counsel on issues relative to solid waste and recycling.
  • Burrtec Waste & Recycling - Coachella Valley Compost Facility: Assist with permitting and CEQA compliance to expand compost facility in Riverside County.
  • Water
  • Indio Water Authority - City of Indio: Counsel on inter-agency legal/political water disputes.
  • San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District - Inland Empire: Strategic advice in opposing LAFCO consolidation efforts.
  • General Legal & Litigation
  • The Quarry at La Quinta Golf Club: General counsel to golf club assisting with corporate legal and real property matters.
  • Avondale Golf Club - Palm Desert: Assist club in negotiating agreement with homeowners association for HOA to subsidize golf course costs and conduct vote of residents/members to approve agreement.
  • Hadley Date Gardens: General counsel on legal matters, litigation and land use issues.
  • BG's El Paseo - Palm Desert: Assist with lease and municipal issues relative to an El Paseo retail store.
  • Cultivation Technologies, Inc.: Acted as Chief Counsel (2017-18) and member of the Board of Directors, advising on general legal matters and all aspects of government entitlements, regulation and legislation.
  • Palm Springs Plumbing/Family Trust - Palm Springs: Assisted private land owner who acquired fee land from an allottee in dealings with City and Agua Caliente Tribal relative to land sale and eminent domain.
  • Hadley's, Inc. - Cabazon: Assisted with business negotiations and agreements between private company and Morongo tribe.
  • Morris Desert Media/Fairway Outdoor Advertising - Coachella Valley: Assisted with legal issues and political strategy on matters in Riverside County, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella, including locating and relocating billboards and other outdoor displays.
  • Development, Land Use & CEQA
  • Walton California - Tuscan Hills - Desert Hot Springs: 550 acre development including new hotel resorts with natural hot water spas, 1,800+ housing units, dedicated open space and significant flood control facilities. Assist with re-entitling project including a new Development Agreement and General Plan and Specific Plan Amendments.
  • Walton California - Las Colinas - San Jacinto: 94 acre development including 337 housing units. Analyzed entitlements and prepared Due Diligence Memorandum to assist in the acquisition of the project.
  • Walton California - Highland Falls - Desert Hot Springs: 1,000 acre mixed use development. Assist with re-entitling project including Amendments to the Development Agreement and Specific Plan.
  • The Leaf - Palm Desert: Cannabis retail store. Worked with City to assist with writing cannabis ordinances and obtained entitlements in a competitive environment for a cannabis retail store on the city's famed shopping street, El Paseo.
  • Cultivation Technologies, Inc. - Coachella: Worked with City to write cannabis ordinances and obtained entitlements for a 6 acre integrated cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing and distribution campus, including interim manufacturing facility.
  • Cultivation Technologies, Inc. - Colusa: Worked with City to write cannabis ordinances and obtained entitlements for temporary cannabis manufacturing and cultivation facilities; processing entitlements for 10 acre integrated cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing and distribution campus.
  • Cultivation Technologies, Inc. - Palm Desert: Worked with City to assist with writing cannabis ordinances and obtained entitlements in a competitive environment for a cannabis manufacturing facility.
  • Starwood Vacation Ownership - Palm Desert: Westin Desert Willow Villas - Assist with extending Development Agreement with the City of Palm Desert and with issues relative to a Disposition & Development Agreement with the successor to the Palm Desert Redevelopment Agency.
  • H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation - Riverside County: Assist with sphere of influence and annexation issues for approx. 650 acres of land before the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and the Cities of Palm Desert and Cathedral City.
  • Global Investments - Espana - Indio: 160 acre residential development, City of Indio. Entitlement and permitting issues relative to the purchase of the project from a bank after foreclosure, including performance bond, local permit and tribal archeological issues. Process revised tract maps, negotiate and draft water, sewer and flood control agreements with Coachella Valley Water District and neighboring property owner. Negotiate and draft utility agreements, deeds and easements.
  • Global Investments - Ivey Palms - Riverside County: 215 acre mixed-use development in Thousand Palms, Riverside County. Entitlements and General Plan amendment to accommodate new I-10 Interchange. Project to include commercial, medium, high and very high density residential.
  • Global Investments - Monterey Ridge - Palm Desert: 20 acre condominium development in the City of Palm Desert. Revised entitlements following purchase of the project from a bank after foreclosure to remove affordable housing covenant and replace it with solar energy requirements. Revisions to requirements related to CVWD issues.
  • Global Investments - Dolce - Palm Desert: 38.5 acre housing development in the City of Palm Desert. Revised various requirements following purchase of the project from a bank after foreclosure.
  • Global Investments - French Valley - Riverside County: 170 acre residential development in southwest Riverside County. General Plan amendment (Extraordinary Foundation Level Amendment) and related project entitlements.
  • RHSMAX, LLC - Cathedral City: 14 acre 120 unit Planned Unit Development in the City of Cathedral City. Project entitlements, including rezone from commercial to residential.
  • Global Investments - Point Happy - La Quinta: Approx. 50 home residential development. Land use and permitting issues following the purchase of the project from a bank after foreclosure.
  • Suncal Companies, SCC/Rancho Mirage: 80 acre residential project entitlements, Riverside County. Assisted with all levels of County review, Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) approval and mitigated opposition from neighboring jurisdictions.
  • 26 Del Sur Palms, LLC - Palms to Pines Shopping Center - Palm Desert: Legal, political and entitlement issues for a grocery store anchored shopping center.
  • Wrightwood Guest Ranch - Los Angeles County: Approx. 300 acre zip line, resort guest ranch, and snow play park near Wrightwood. Advise ownership on development, permitting and financing strategy.
  • Whittier Ranch - Indio: Approx.130 home residential development. Assisted with the acquisition of the project in foreclosure and after acquisition with regards to entitlement and permitting issues.
  • Indio Sun, LLC - Indio Trails - Indio & Riverside County: 1,150 residential and mixed use project entitlements. Assisted with project planning, entitlements, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Development Agreement (DA) drafting and negotiations, negotiating and obtaining a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Riverside and numerous other agencies concerning the Coachella Valley Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP), annexation through LAFCO, and water & sewer related issues relative to both the Indio Water Authority & CVWD.
  • Pyramid Advisors - La Quinta Resort & PGA West master plan - La Quinta: Spearheaded master plan, project entitlements, oversight of EIR, and negotiations for a DA.
  • Coachella Valley Rescue Mission - Indio & Riverside County: New homeless shelter. Assisted in obtaining project entitlements from the City and the sale of land to the County to facilitate the project.
  • Suncal Companies - Citrus Ranch - Indio & Riverside County: 1,200 acre residential and resort (hotel and golf) project. Assisted with project entitlements, including EIR, DA drafting and negotiations, negotiating and obtaining a Memorandum of Understanding with the County and numerous other agencies concerning the MSHCP, annexation through Riverside LAFCO and water and sewer related issues relative to the Indio Water Authority, the Coachella Valley Water District and the City of Coachella sewer district.
  • Suncal Companies - Mission Creek Trails - Desert Hot Springs: 500 acre residential development. Assisted with project entitlements.
  • Suncal Companies - College Assembly - Desert Hot Springs & Riverside County: 555 acre residential development and mixed use project with a community college extension campus. Assisted with planning, MSHCP conflicts and local issues relative to college site selection.
  • Suncal Companies - Solaire - Riverside County: 622 acre/3,100 unit residential development. Assisted with approvals through the County Airport Land Use Commission.
  • Steveco - Coachella: +/-200 unit market rate apartment complex. Assisted with entitlement.
  • Lakemont Development - Fiesta de Vida - Indio & Riverside County: 660 acre residential and golf development. Assisted with project entitlements, DA drafting and negotiations, and annexation through Riverside LAFCO.
  • Indian Palms - Indio: Hotel, clubhouse, condominium, and fractional project, including golf course renovations. Spearheaded the planning, entitlements and EIR oversight after project had previously been denied.
  • Cameo Homes - Parkfield Project - Indio & Riverside County: 9 acre, 89 unit condominium project. Assisted with revising project and obtaining entitlements after project had previously been denied. Later brokered a sale of the property to the County.
  • Cameo Homes & Madison Development - Northgate Project - Indio: 88 acre mixed use development. Assisted Cameo with project entitlements and EIR for residential portion of the project. Assisted Madison with post-approval CEQA challenge issues.
  • Cameo Homes - La Quinta Project: Residential/Resort development adjacent to the La Quinta Resort. Assisted with revising project and processing entitlements.
  • Talbert Development - Shoppes of Rancho Mirage: Approx. 50,000 sq. ft. retail development. Assisted in obtaining project entitlements.
  • Talbert Development - Shoppes of La Quinta: Approx. 50,000 sq. ft. retail development. Assisted in obtaining project entitlements.
  • Urban Housing Communities, LLC - Indio, La Quinta & Palm Desert: Affordable housing developer. Assisted with various land use and entitlement issues relative to affordable housing projects.
  • Stewart Family Properties/Gemstone Properties - Cathedral City: Assisted with redevelopment agreement with Cathedral City RDA. Assisted with sale of auto dealership and associated land. Assisted with development of auto body shop and parking lot.
  • Assisting Clients Where Law & Politics Converge

    Government Relations
    ⤛⤜ Real Estate & Entitlements ⤛⤜ Land Use & Master Planning
    General Counsel ⤛⤜ Political & Legal Strategy ⤛⤜ Solid Waste & Recycling
    Renewable Energy ⤛⤜ CEQA & EIR Oversight ⤛⤜ Business Law & Litigation
    Complex Government & Tribal Negotiations ⤛⤜ HOA & Club Matters
    Zoning ⤛⤜ Development Agreements ⤛⤜ Conditional Use Permits
    Municipal Ordinances ⤛⤜ Cannabis Law
    Mediation & Arbitration