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Anita Luck

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Anita Luck

Anita Luck is a Partner with the firm specializing in municipal finance law in addition to her general municipal law, land use and successor agency to redevelopment law practice.  Ms. Luck advises public agencies on the formation of special districts, assessment districts, and community facilities districts, the adoption of special taxes, assessments, development fees and other innovative fees to assist cities in financing projects.  Ms. Luck was involved in forming one of the first community facilities districts to finance ongoing hazardous site maintenance on an old landfill being developed in the City of Carson.  Ms. Luck is knowledgeable on election issues, issues relating to Proposition 218 and Proposition 26.  Ms. Luck has participated in bond financings for assessment districts and community facilities districts.

Ms. Luck has participated in numerous complex finance transactions throughout Southern California, including real estate transactions, the development of mixed use projects, low-income housing projects and assisting troubled municipalities with restructuring debt through tender offers, workouts and other arrangements.  Ms. Luck structures financing mechanisms to alleviate the additional burdens on public agencies, generate commercial development and examines alternate revenue sources to alleviate budgetary concerns.  She participated in negotiations to bring an NFL team to the City of Carson as one of the options in Los Angeles.  In doing so she served as bond counsel in one of the few new money post dissolution successor agency bond issues in the State.

In her public finance practice, Ms. Luck is experienced in representing government entities as bond counsel in a variety of transactions, including the issuance of certificates of participation, general obligation, special tax revenue, utility and lease revenue bonds.  Representative transactions include financings for a convention center, an airport, water facilities, special districts, redevelopment projects, major infrastructure, community facilities, non-profit corporations, low-income multifamily housing, and utility revenue financings.  Ms. Luck has structured, negotiated and drafted a variety of bond, disclosure and security documents, including official statements, leases, trust indentures, loan agreements, letters of credit, deeds of trust, and escrow agreements.

In addition, Ms. Luck advises on ongoing disclosure and tax issues related to bonds.  She has handled SEC investigations and IRS audits.  She has lectured on various topics related to Proposition 218, SEC and IRS audits, disclosure and other requirements.

In her practice, Ms. Luck has represented Arvin, Perris, Signal Hill, Carson, Lawndale, Bell, Madera Irrigation District and Irwindale, among others.  Ms. Luck has also represented various other public entities in Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Ms. Luck graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business Economics in 1990, and received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1998.  While in law school, Ms. Luck externed for the Honorable William M. Byrne, Jr. and clerked for the State of California Attorney General’s Office.

Representative Financings:

City of Carson

  • $35,120,000 - Successor Agency to the Carson Redevelopment Agency-Tax Allocation Housing Refunding Bonds, 2020 Series A and B  (September 3, 2020)
  • $108,020,000 – City of Carson 2020 Taxable Pension Obligation Bonds (June 18, 2020)
  • $18,830,000 - Carson Public Financing Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2019 (Measure M & R Local Streets Project) (October 31, 2019)
  • $18,965,000 - City of Carson Reassessment District No. 2001-1 (Dominguez Technology Center West) Limited Obligation Refunding Improvement Bonds, Series 2019 (June 11, 2019)

City of Fillmore

  • $34,435,000 - City of Fillmore (the “City”) of its City of Fillmore 2016 Wastewater Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2017  (June 27, 2017)

City of Lompoc

  • $9,875,000 - City of Lompoc Water Refunding Revenue Bonds, 2018 Series A. (March 6, 2018)
  • $15,190,000 - City of Lompoc Wastewater Refunding Revenue Bonds, 2018 Series A. (March 6, 2018)

City of Perris

  • $2,705,000 - Perris Joint Powers Authority Local Agency Revenue Bonds (IA 1 of CFD No. 2018-1) (Green Valley-West Elm), 2020 Series (November 5, 2020)
  • $3,450,000 - Community Facilities District No. 2007-2 (Pacific Heritage) of the City of Perris Special Tax Bond, 2020 Series (June 25, 2020)
  • $4,410,000 - Perris Joint Powers Authority Local Agency Revenue Bonds (IA 2-CFD No. 2014-1 (Avelina)), 2018 Series A (April 10, 2018)

City of Signal Hill

  • $28,480,000 - Tax Allocation Revenue Refunding Bonds (Merged Project Area) 2018 Series (Tax-Exempt) (February 13, 2018)
  • $8,640,000 - Signal Hill Municipal Financing Authority Lease Revenue Bonds (Library Project), Series 2018. (January 31, 2018)
  • $22,580,000 - Successor Agency to the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency 2017 Tax Allocation Refunding Parity Bonds  (December 14, 2017)

Representative Matters:

  • Represented the Carson Successor Agency leveraging former redevelopment tax increment to effectuate significant remediation funds for 157 acre land contaminated landfill property for partial use as a NFL stadium and/or outlet mall.  Facilitated a vertical parcel split to develop one of the first Community Facilities Districts to finance ongoing remediation and operation costs of remedial systems on the property.
  • Participated in several workouts in Bell relating to defaulted bonds following corruption scandal, one netting over 20 Million for Bell and one involving a tender offer and defiance of unspent proceeds
  • Represented Perris in complex transactions involving workouts of defaulted taxes on industrial and commercial community facilities districts, resulting in earlier payoffs of taxes and refundings.
  • Represented the City of Morro Bay in the joint financing of its new water reclamation/ wastewater treatment plant leveraging both Federal WIFIA and State SRF funds and loans.
  • Participated in financings involving city halls, community centers, convention centers, parks,  water and wastewater systems and airports.