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California Drought Brings Afloat New Legislation

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California, due to the State experiencing what is “perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”[1] As a part of this Proclamation, Brown mandated that water consumption be reduced by 20% by 2020, ordered […]

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“Breakpoint” For Commercial Retail Leases

In large metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City, commercial real estate leases often differ from residential leases in that they offer the landlord the opportunity to accumulate not only rent payments, but a portion of the tenant’s financial success as well. By drafting a lease that includes provisions for […]

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Business Structuring Options for New Brewers and Winemakers

Start up wineries and breweries have a few options allowing them to get a head start on their manufacturing operations with little investment. As opposed to beginning a conventional winemaking or brewing operation, which requires a business to lock down a winery or brewery premises, buy equipment, and incur other overhead costs prior to manufacturing, a […]