Lauren Kawano is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Facilities and Business Practice Groups.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Kawano was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Faris and Honorable Lloyd King at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii. Ms. Kawano also served as a judicial extern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California and Central District of California.
Ms. Kawano serves as a co-chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Bankruptcy Law Committee.
Ms. Kawano earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. Ms. Kawano earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco.
June 2019Number 29A public agency's right to enforce reasonable aesthetic criteria on telecommunications installations is a valid exercise of power. So says the California Supreme Court in its recent ruling inT-Mobile West LLC v. City and County of San Francisco (T-Mobile) (April 4, 2019, S238001) __ Cal. __. In a long-awaited decision by local governments and wireless carriers alike, the court held that local government ordinances requiring aesthetic guidelines for equipment erected by wirel...
April 2018Number 16A California court has confirmed that school districts are authorized to assess Level 1 developer fees against interior common areas of apartment buildings, including hallways and walkways.School districts have received pushback from developers regarding whether "assessable space" includes interior common areas. With its decision in 1901 First Street Owner, LLC v. Tustin Unified School District, the court has provided districts with legal authority for imposing fees on such...
As a result of California's affordable housing crisis, school districts face challenges in retaining teachers and school district employees, particularly in regions with high housing costs. California lawmakers sought to address the problem by proposing Assembly Bill (AB) 1157 and AB 45 to make it easier for districts to promote housing development for district employees, though Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the latter bill.
AB 1157 was part of a package of 15 hous...
Facing one of the tightest housing markets in California history, state lawmakers have approved an extensive package of bills intended to maintain existing housing stocks and boost new housing construction. These bills become effective on January 1, 2018.
This legislative package will provide funding to stimulate housing production and will eliminate procedural hurdles to getting housing built. Alternatively, though, the bills also require more detailed justific...