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Saturday, February 16, 2019

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James J. Eisen has spent more than 25 years of his legal career handling issues surrounding the renewable energy industry.

Small Businesses

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals further entrenched a three-way circuit split over whether investments should be considered debt or equity for the purposes of tax law.

judges

Phoenix Chief Presiding Hearing Officer Rosemarie Gavin has followed her law career wherever it has taken her - even to law librarian school - and she believes she’s far better off for being flexible.
News
Retail center in Sedona sells for $7.7 million
Coyote Station, a 10,028-square-foot multi-tenant retail center at the northeast corner of State Route 179 and Cortez Drive in Sedona, has sold to Brochway LLC of Cupertino, CA for $7.7 million
Developer acquires land parcel in Desert Ridge for $54 million
Nearly 100 acres of land in northern Phoenix have been acquired, along with “Master Developer” rights, by California-based corporation Crown Realty & Development, according to a Jan. 28 statement.
Phoenix office building sells for $8.5 million
West 101 Corporate Center, an 81,922-square-foot Class A office building at 1860 North 95th Lane in Phoenix, has sold for a total purchase price of $8.5 million, according to a Jan. 28 statement from Cushman & Wakefield.
US judge and PG&E argue in tense probation hearing
A federal judge blasted Pacific Gas & Electic Co. Wednesday for failing to do enough to reduce wildfire risk during a contentious hearing in which he contemplated various proposals for violating its criminal probation.
PG&E stops payments on already settled fire lawsuits
As widely expected, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday morning.
9th Circuit upholds ‘suspicious activity’ reporting program
A legal effort to block a terror-information sharing program used to track individuals the government finds suspicious suffered a major blow Tuesday, when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the system, saying it did not violate federal rulemaking requirements
Pecos Gateway Business Park in Mesa sells for $14.6 Million
Pacifica Real Estate Group of Santa Barbara, CA purchased the industrial property known as Pecos Gateway Business Park, at 8743 E. Pecos Road in Mesa

GUEST COLUMNS

The race begins to replace Denny Barney as supervisor
Now that they have said their goodbyes to their Gilbert colleague, the remaining four members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have begun digging into the applications from 13 East Valley Republicans eager to finish the remain two years of Denny Barney’s term.
Bill proposes extended deadline to file state income taxes
Arizonans could have more time to file their state tax returns.
Repeal law that restricts classroom discussion on homosexuality
The state’s new schools chief is calling on lawmakers to repeal a law that prohibits any courses on AIDS and HIV from portraying homosexuality “as a positive alternative lifestyle.”
In her first State of Education speech, Kathy Hoffman told members of the House Education Committee on Monday that the system needs to support the emotional well-being of students. She said that means “creating an inclusive environment that supports children from all backgrounds.”
Ducey signs ‘historic’ Colorado River drought plan legislation
In the culmination of extensive talks that brought together water users from all corners of the state, the Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on a multi-state drought plan Thursday.
Fraud rife in Arizona’s ESAs? Not so much
You’ve heard that “a lie repeated enough times becomes the truth.” So what about setting a whole playlist of falsehoods on loop? Unfortunately, as the media have discovered in their coverage of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, this approach is even more ruthlessly effective than replaying one fabrication alone.