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On the Hunt for Poison, Spikes and Chain Saws

October 26th, 2015
One on One with Charles Peterson By Gina Dostler Expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline buoy the real estate market in Newport and Laguna Beach. When landscaping obstructs precious views, property owners naturally want to take action. And some of them do it illegally. Attorney Charles Peterson has made it his business to...


ABC 7 Interviews Charles Peterson on Owners’ Backyard Tree Destruction While on Vacation

August 17th, 2015
Founding Partner Charles Peterson was interviewed live by ABC 7 EyeWitness News on the segment “Backyard Trees Destroyed at Rancho Palos Verdes Home While Owners Away”, which aired on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Mr. Peterson addressed the suspicious destruction of trees in the backyard of Rancho Palos Verdes homeowners who had lived on the property...


Charles Peterson Comments on Ocean View Dispute in Rancho Palos Verdes

Daily Breeze
August 7th, 2015
Founding Partner Charles Peterson was quoted in the article, “Did ocean view dispute prompt destruction of couple’s trees in Rancho Palos Verdes” published in the Daily Breeze, discussing the malicious destruction of a homeowner’s vegetation, allegedly by a neighbor. Upon June and Derek Treherne’s return home from a vacation, they found that six of their...


Charles Peterson Speaks to Keller Williams on View Restoration Ordinances

Keller Williams
July 28th, 2015
Most realtors and homeowners aren’t familiar with view ordinances and how restoring a home’s scenic view can increase their home value. Founding Partner Charles Peterson presented on these topics to Keller Williams Palos Verdes on July 28, 2015.   Mr. Peterson has handled more than 200 view obstruction cases....


CFP ViewLaw™ Called Upon in Tree Mutilation Case

July 23rd, 2015
Founding Partner Charles Peterson was called in for advice on an egregious tree mutilation case. It seems that a view-seeking neighbor took it upon himself to hire a gardener to “trim” the neighbor’s trees while the neighbor was on vacation. Four thirty-foot tall melalucas were destroyed....


Charles Peterson Breaks Down the Basics of View Ordinances in Palos Verdes Peninsula News

July 21st, 2015
In the article, “Ordinances can protect stunning views” published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Charles Peterson explains that all four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula have view ordinances or rules, which provide homeowners a legal avenue to protect or reclaim their property’s scenic view. For example, Rolling Hills has dual processes, one administered by...


Charles Peterson Comments On Laguna Beach’s View Ordinance Claims in The Indy

Laguna Beach Independent
June 16th, 2015
Commenting on the article, “Claims Will Test View Rights,” published by The Indy, a local newspaper, Founding Partner Charles Peterson notes, “It’s surprising that only eight view claims have been filed considering the intensity of the eighteen month debate prior to the enactment of the ordinance.” After much debate, Laguna Beach implemented a view ordinance...


CFP ViewLaw™ Announces Grand Reopening of Rolling Hills Estates Office

Grand Reopening
June 10th, 2015
CFP ViewLaw™ celebrates its Rolling Hills Estates office grand reopening after extensive renovations. The office-wide transformation features contemporary furnishings, modern interior design and increased work space. The office is located at 734 Silver Spur Road, Suite 312, Rolling Hills Estates, CA...


CFP ViewLaw™ Negotiates Tree Removal to Restore Client’s Ocean View

June 10th, 2015
Founding Partner Charles Peterson successfully negotiated the removal of three 30-foot-tall melaleuca trees that were obstructing his client’s ocean views. Under the Davis-Stirling Act and the Palos Verdes Homes Association’s CC&Rs, Mr. Peterson was able to restore his client’s view only 20 days after the trees were...


Charles Peterson Discusses View Ordinances and Its Impact on Home Values to South Bay RE/MAX

June 10th, 2015
Founding Partner Charles Peterson presented, “What Every Real Estate Professional Should Know About View Preservation and View Restoration Ordinances,” to South Bay RE/MAX on May 5, 2015. A view ordinance is the legal vehicle to bring forth a lawsuit to restore and preserve a homeowners’ view. Restoring scenic views can increase real estate property values...


View restoration to be on ballot in Rolling Hills

August 29th, 2012
Scenic view restoration will be on the ballot in the City of Rolling Hills next spring. Unhappy with the City’s current View Preservation Ordinance, a group of citizens has qualified an initiative that will appreciably alter the way Rolling Hills approaches View Preservation. Currently, the City protects views without regard to when the property was purchased,...


The “New Normal”

August 11th, 2012
I attended a presentation this week that nearly made me ill. The health of California’s court system was the topic. It isn’t good. The budget of the judicial branch has been cut over $600 million in the past three years – with more cuts on the way – to the detriment of every Californian. The...


Beautiful bay view obstructed? Here’s a solution: Buy and demolish your neighbor’s home!

July 12th, 2012
The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house at 333 Belvedere Ave. featured views of the bay, San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. But after paying $4.2 million for the property earlier this year, the couple next door is tearing it down and replacing it with bushes and trees. Clark and Sharon Winslow purchased the house next...


Ocean views prevail in Palos Verdes Estates

June 19th, 2012
This view restoration matter was resolved by reference to the City of Palos Verdes Estates Tree Management Policy.  It’s one of the shortest, yet most enduring and most successful view protection policies in the State. Why? Because it assumes good faith on all sides, it’s been applied even-handedly, and it fosters community over litigation strategy. The...


Spirit of Cooperation Trumps ‘Spite Fence’ in Wisconsin’s View Protection Legal Schema

June 18th, 2012
A nasty neighbor can be a terrible scourge upon an otherwise peaceful community where cooperation is prized. Fortunately, some cities, states and home associations have rules that take into account bad taste and that unfortunate human trait called ‘spite.’ In Wisconsin, a fellow named Daryl Price was quite vocal about his intention of devaluing his...


View Law Mystery 2: Why do cities refuse to put some teeth in view protection ordinances?

June 7th, 2012
Is a complaint against a loud dog more important than your frustration over the blockage of your priceless ocean view? Apparently.  While many Southern California municipalities, associations and city governments will use their staff resources and attorneys to enforce noise and most other tree ordinances, when it comes to view ordinances … not so much....


View Law Mystery 1: Why compromise view protection by allowing 18 foot tall trees?

May 29th, 2012
As crusaders for view protection and view restoration, WE continue to be amazed – and at times utterly baffled – by municipalities and associations that spend years creating a much-needed view law ordinance that they then cannot or will not fully enforce. Malibu, for example, spent three years and some 40 public meetings to forge...


FREE “View Law Victory” Includes Must-Have ViewLaw Mediation Tips

May 11th, 2012
Our mission as crusaders for view protection and restoration is to provide you with helpful information for capturing the value of your magnificent view. Our FREE e-book View Law Victory (visit our home page to download your copy) is an excellent primer for those of you who may be suffering from obstructions and neighborly disagreements. The first...


On a Clear Day CFP ViewLaw Warns ‘Tallest Building’ Syndrome May Cast Costly Shadows

April 17th, 2012
Earlier this year, I watched a video that provided a tour of the highest penthouse in Manhattan. How I marveled at the unblemished views of the city, the Hudson River and beyond. On a clear day, or so it would seem, the occupants truly can see forever. At a rental cost in the vicinity of...


The Long View of History: Why Must Modern Homeowners bow to 1896 Ruling?

April 5th, 2012
In 1906, the view from the grandstand and clubhouse of the old Pacific Beach racetrack in San Diego was spacious and gorgeous. More than 100 years later, many properties have been bought and sold in the Southern California city.  And many new buildings have risen.  Change is inevitable. Yet what has not changed is a...


Seeking a Little Privacy Creates View Law Nightmare for Homeowner

March 20th, 2012
When does a quiet, beautiful neighborhood turn into a nightmare? When a homeowner plants a row of trees for privacy and in doing so blocks the ocean view of her neighbor. Ah, modern life. Laguna Beach resident Maria Jones now faces criminal charges — yes, criminal charges —for allowing her dozen ficus trees to grow...


Thorny ‘View Law’ Debate in Malibu: Restoration and Enforcement

March 9th, 2012
The recent View Ordinance debate in Malibu was captivating. As Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Arthur Miller once remarked, drama is not about Right vs. Wrong. The most engaging conflicts arise from situations where people on both sides of the argument have good points to make. This thorny Right vs. Right dilemma is exactly what played...


The Value of View Law Ordinances is Community Harmony

February 10th, 2012
A recent view dispute in Manhattan Beach points up the usefulness of view protection ordinances, and petty and expensive disputes that arise in the absence of view protection laws. It’s really a wonder that a city like MB doesn’t have a view protection ordinance on the books given its miles of spectacular ocean views. Consider...