CSMFO Presentation - RDA Issues
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In February 2004, Libby Seifel presented to CSMFO, “Emerging Trends II: RDA Issues—Should We Amend our Redevelopment Plan?” Answering such questions as, “What is a merger amendment?” and “What would different types of Amendments do?” the presentation simplifies and facilitates informed decisions about existing redevelopment plans in light of redevelopment legislation, including AB 1290, SB 211, SB 1045, and SB 1096.
In September, 2002, the Court of Appeal upheld the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s plan to redevelop the Emporium Department, including the blight analysis undertaken by the Agency. Seifel Consulting prepared the technical documents required for the Plan Amendment and performed the economic blight analysis and tax increment projections. Bloomingdales began construction in 2003.

Assembly Bill 1250
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Introduced by Assembly Members Alejo, Lara, Perea, and V. Manuel Pérez
Principal coauthor: Senator Wright
Coauthors: Assembly Members Allen, Campos, Carter, Davis, Galgiani, Hall, Bonnie Lowenthal, Mendoza, and Solorio
Coauthor: Senator De León

Redevelopment Storytelling
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At the 2005 Annual California Redevelopment Association Conference, Libby Seifel lead an interactive workshop, “How to Tell Your Redevelopment Story Powerfully.” Created in collaboration with writer Susan Sharpe, the presentation offers a fail-proof guide to developing and communicating a redevelopment narrative that is compelling, inspiring and concise.

Senate Bill 450
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Introduced by Senator Lowenthal
(Principal coauthor: Senator DeSaulnier)
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Torres)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Atkins and Norby)
Cal APA 2014 Annual Conference session "Brave New World: Developing Public Property Without Redevelopment”. Explores strategies being used by California communities to successfully develop public properties in a manner consistent with local planning goals. Panelists present techniques that local agencies can use to maximize their ability to redevelop these properties while examining the legal constraints on their use. Session panelists include Barbara Kautz and Rafael Yaquian (Goldfarb & Lipman), Kevin Keller (City of Los Angeles) and Libby Seifel.
Cal APA Annual Confernece 2014 session "When Property Values Attack: A Planning Tool for Combating the Loss of Intangible Heritage". Explores the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS), which came out of a collaborative effort among San Francisco’s Japantown community, the City of San Francisco and local non-profits. JCHESS outlines strategies for preserving and enhancing Japantown’s cultural heritage and all that makes Japantown unique. The session panelists include Ruth Todd and Christina Dikas (Page & Turnbull), Shelley Caltagirone (San Francisco Planning Department), Desiree Smith (of San Francisco Heritage), and Libby Seifel, who all contributed to JCHESS. Session examines how elements of Japantown’s heritage were documented and contributed to the development of an economic incentives toolkit to help identify, prioritize, and incentivize the preservation of cultural and social heritage.