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We recognize construction problems, their genesis and how to resolve the disputes. We have experience with the Division of State Architect, Office of Public School Construction, State Allocation Board, and many other local and state government agencies.

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Our senior partners each have over 20 years’ experience focusing on all aspects of facilities and construction for school districts and other public entities, public works contractors, and design professionals.

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We Serve Southern California

We have worked with many of the school districts in Southern California in all aspects of construction, business, State funding, and advocacy. Industries: Construction, Public Works, Educational Agencies, Public Agencies, State Funding, and Environmental.

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State Allocation Board Increases School Facility Program Grant Amounts

On January 25, 2023, the State Allocation Board (“SAB”) increased the per pupil grant amounts awarded to school districts qualifying for new construction or modernization funding under the School Facility Program (“SFP”). The 9.3 percent increase is the second highest...

Court of Appeal Limits Use of Greene Act Reimbursement Funds

A recent published case, Albert Bates et al., v. Poway Unified School District 83 Cal.App.5th 907 (hereafter Poway), restricts the uses to which reimbursements for school facilities projects under the Leroy F. Greene Act (“Greene Act”) can be put.  The court clarified...

State Hardship Funding: Court of Appeal Rules Districts Can Keep Project Savings

In a case important to school districts relying on state construction hardship funding, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that school districts are entitled to keep state hardship funds not spent on projects completed underbudget. San Bernadino City Unified...

CASH Honors Senior Partner Martin Hom

Tao Rossini, APC is proud to share the news that Martin Hom, a senior partner with the firm, was recently awarded the James L. Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award at CASH’s 43rd Annual Conference on School Facilities in Sacramento.  This prestigious award is named in...

Contractors, Consultants, & Insurance—Are You Really Covered?

Requiring contractors, such as construction contractors and design consultants, to carry insurance is one of the ways public entities can protect themselves from financial harm resulting from the errors and omissions of those contractors.  In the event a contractor...

Greater Prime Contractor Liability for Subcontract Wage and Benefit Violations

On September 27, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 727, which amends the labor code to broaden the liability for prime contractors for wage and benefit violations committed by their subcontractors on private projects. Prior to SB 727, prime contractors...

State Allocation Board Increases Level I School Fees

On February 23, 2022, the State Allocation Board (SAB) increased the maximum Level I school fee assessment California school districts can charge to $4.79 per square foot for residential development, and $0.78 per square foot for commercial and industrial...

2022 Bid Threshold Annual Adjustment for K-12 School District Contracts

In December 2021, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction released its annual update to the bid threshold set forth under Public Contract Code section 20111(a). Section 20111 provides a maximum limit for many types of contracts K-12 school districts may enter...

School Impact Fees—How do California’s New Housing Laws Affect School Districts?

To spur housing construction and address California’s chronic housing shortage, the California Legislature enacted two new housing laws in 2021, Senate Bills (SB) 9 and 10.  Since additional housing generates additional students, there will inevitably be increased...

Earthquake Safety—Would Your Buildings Withstand a Major Earthquake?

In the aftermath of the Surfside tragedy in Florida, we have received multiple inquiries from school districts regarding how their buildings would fare in a major earthquake. Notwithstanding the Field Act—which has required that school buildings be built to withstand...
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