Practice Area News

New California Median Income Figures Show Drops in Some Counties for the Second Straight Year

July 6, 2011

For the second straight year during the economic downturn, a number of counties experienced declines in median incomes in the 2011 figures published by the Department of Housing and Community Development on June 23 (as updated July 13). Prior to 2010, HUD's hold harmless policy prevented published median incomes from declining, but HUD eliminated that policy as of 2010. The counties with lower median incomes include Amador, Orange, Plumas, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Check out the new 2011 California median income figures, together with affordable rents and affordable housing costs for redevelopment-assisted housing, in the following counties:

New California Median Income Figures Show Drops in Some Counties for First Time

July 13, 2010

Eight counties experienced declines in median incomes in the 2010 figures published by the Department of Housing and Community Development on June 17. Prior to 2010, HUD's hold harmless policy prevented published median incomes from declining, but HUD eliminated that policy this year. Check out the new California median income figures, together with affordable rents and affordable housing costs for redevelopment-assisted housing, in the following counties:

KMTG Water law Attorneys Leading Efforts to Achieve a Manageable and Effective Instream Flow Policy on Behalf of Landowners, Vineyards and Other Agricultural Water Users

Sacramento, CA | May 1, 2008

There is an important matter on the near horizon related to your water rights, and that is a recent proposal (issued 12-28-07) now pending before the SWRCB for adoption of a new North Coast Instream Flow Policy. This new flow policy will affect an area that includes your property and, as drafted, will impose restrictive bypass flow requirements on all proposed water projects and changes to existing permits. The provisions of the draft policy will dramatically increase the cost and decrease the yield of water right projects. Its restrictions could lead to a determination that water is not available for appropriation in many cases, resulting in the denial of change petition or permit. Changes to existing permits and new permits would require costly mitigation and restoration work on stream channels, including engineered bypass channels and instream and riparian zone habitat projects such as gravel and woody debris plans requiring detailed compliance schedules and monitoring. For existing unpermitted dams, dam removal may be required if a permit is not obtained. The new proposal is likely to affect the yield of water projects, and even if water is available, will dramatically increase the cost per acre-foot of such water. It is likely that the policy will be imposed on riparian and pre-1914 water right diverters through related regulatory action by the Department of Fish and Game.