Real Estate/Land Use Law


By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 02.16.2016 6:46 p.m. Santa Barbara County’s legal counsel doesn’t have a response for a local attorney’s implied intent to file a lawsuit if officials allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to annex land without going through certain planning channels. Well-known Santa Barbara attorney Barry [...]


Chumash representatives have recently sent a “Cooperative Agreement” letter to members of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors requesting that the 1,400 acres be annexed to the Chumash’s already 135 acres in Santa Ynez.


After three years of litigation, arbitration and mediation, a settlement has been reached between homeowners in the oceanfront community of Seacliff Beach Colony in Ventura County, Calif., and the land company that owned the property on which their homes were built. The agreement enables homeowners to purchase the property from the land company,Seacliff Land LLC, for a confidential purchase price.


The California Court of Appeal affirmed a $3.7 million trial court judgment that found a plastering company and a framing company had performed shoddy workmanship at the El Escorial Villas in Santa Barbara.


After an 11-month trial, a Santa Barbara judge ordered subcontractors to pay $3.7 million to a condominium association because of shoddy workmanship to its Santa Barbara-area complex.