Letter to the Editor…Rent Control Destroys!

Dear Dan: The below letter was sent to Steve Lopez at the Los Angeles Times. Dear Sir: I appreciate that you attempt to be “fair-minded” when you talk about the housing crisis.  I remember, as you suggest, that my son, Jeffrey, reminded me that after viewing the feature film, La La Land, Los Angeles would…

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

Question 1:    I read you have a new firm name and address. What’s going on? Answer 1: I am pleased to announce that Beckman Blair LLP has joined the esteemed Berkeley firm Buresh, Kaplan, Feller and Chang P.C. and the combined firm will be known as Beckman Feller & Chang P.C. As of August…

Earthquake Safety: Don’t Forget to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset! – by Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder

Although earthquake retrofits are considered “new construction” as defined by Prop 13, they are excluded from reassessment. Northern California’s wildfires, the earthquake in Napa, and the recent storms and flooding in Sacramento and Santa Clara counties all remind us that natural disasters can happen at any time, and that it’s never too late to prepare.…