Over an hour ago I sent this e-mail to David Hamsher in hope all members of Associate Capital read it. Note Micky and I are having a synchronistic moment. The broom is carrying a small barrel, cut in half. I am sweeping the street in front of the Ken Kesey mural in Springfield. Ken was a lot like Walt. Ken took Further and the Pranksters to England to look for Merlin.
Dear Charles and David
I am the President of Royal Rosamond Press ‘A Newspaper For The Arts’ aimed at protecting Bohemians and our historic culture. It has come to my attention you have used the name ‘California Barrel Company’ that was copyrighted by me in my blog on my great grandfather, who was a Director for the original CBC. I mention Jacob Koster, who was a member of the Bohemian Club, as was his son. They were the President and VP of CBC. Writers and Journalists were the founders, and first members of this Club.
Charles, I see you graduated from Cornell. My ex-wife went to Cornell. She lived with Thomas Pynchon in Mexico. She met Tom through Richard Farina, who married Mimi Baez. Mary Ann Thoraldson, did a life size portrait of Joan’s sister.
My late sister was the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. She married into a family of famous muralists. Jessie Benton Fremont held a famous salon out at Black Point. Mark Twain and Bret Harte, were there. Bret was a member of the Bohemian Club, as was Joaquin Miller. Writers and Businessmen had created a Working Bond. This bond, and brand, is in jeopardy. I find it hard to believe that with all the powerful people on your team, and all the professionals in your employee, no one googled “California Barrel Company”. They would have found me, and my blog, if they had. Why not ‘Dogpatch Company’? There is a mention of two dogs on the Associate Capital site.
Not wasting any time, and seeing Meg Whitman was on board, this Artist, Writer, and Poet went to work. You two have employed artists in your presentation to the Public. Little did you suspect, you opened Pandora’s Box. I would like to see the Deed, and a in-depth report of Meg Whitman’s – intentions. Is she planning to move QIBI near the CBC? Her employees will need a pace to dwell.
In my blog I suggest you make a place for me to dwell in Dogpatch. I am known as ‘The Mad Augur’. Today, I suggested you employ me as an on-site Teacher! The possibilities are endless. Please, contact me, before it is too late! I have written, that now famous smokestack, into a Phantom of the Opera meets the Bohemian Priory de Sion, sequel – that Dan Brown would enjoy! Don’t miss out on the fun. Get me on the team! I suggest a merger! You have to admit your team – authored your way on to this property, beating out other companies, who also produced mounds of paper. Consider the movie ‘Fantasia’.
David Hamsher is a partner in the Global Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. His work on behalf of developers and real estate investors includes the negotiation of joint venture, purchase and sale, financing (including EB-5 financing), entitlement, development, affordable housing, community benefit and labor agreements. This work spans asset types, including for-sale and multifamily residential, commercial, retail, resort and complex mixed-use projects.
Significant representations include:
- Lennar Corporation, FivePoint and their partners for development of Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point and Treasure Island, which together consist of more than 20,000 new homes, more than 6,000 of which will be priced for low and moderate income families, 4 million square feet of commercial and retail space, 600 acres of new parks, and nearly a thousand hotel rooms on more than 1,000 acres of largely vacant land. This work has included:
- negotiation and structuring of exclusive negotiation and disposition and development agreements for Phase 1 of the Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point and Phase 2 of the Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island.
- formation of a joint venture with retail-focused real estate investment trust Macerich Co. to build a 500,000-square-foot urban outlet center at Candlestick Point. This center will be integrated with additional new homes, retail, residential, and hotel uses to be developed by Lennar, FivePoint and their partners.
- formation of a joint venture and public/private partnership for transformation of the current 256 unit Alice Griffith public housing into a vibrant new neighborhood containing more than 1,000 new homes, including the one-for-one replacement of the existing public housing units and hundreds of other affordable homes. Years in the making, the first move-ins started in 2017.
- entitlement, disposition and construction of the first 500+ homes on the Hunters Point Shipyard, including the project’s first affordable housing development.
- California Barrel Company and Associate Capital in connection with the acquisition and development of the former Potrero Power Plant.
- Lennar Corporation in connection with its formation, operation and disposition of numerous joint ventures for development of Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point and Treasure Island.
- Numerous regional centers, lenders, and developers on EB-5 financings throughout the country totaling more than $1BN.
- Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, in connection with numerous multifamily joint venture arrangements across the country, including an innovative multifamily platform in the Bay Area.
- Prologis (for the Oakland Army Base) and Lennar Corporation and its partners (for the Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point and Treasure Island) in negotiations with labor unions and community groups for project labor and local hiring for construction and operation of these large, long-term projects.
- salesforce.com in its agreement to sell Mission Bay land to the Golden State Warriors.
- Rockwood Capital and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds in connection with joint ventures, acquisitions and financings for various asset types, including significant office, retail, residential and resort projects.
Accolades and Recognitions
David is ranked by Chambers USA in the Real Estate category and was selected as a “40 Under 40” by the San Francisco Business Times and a “Rising Star” by Law360, both in 2018. David has been recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Law and Politics and San Francisco Magazine numerous times, most recently in 2018.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
- David is a frequent speaker on joint ventures, including as a panelist at Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute in 2017 and the 37th Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat of the California Lawyers Association in 2018. David also organized and participated in a Law Seminars International Conference on real estate joint ventures and funds with a panel titled Addressing Population Growth and Density Through Public/Private Partnerships, where David spoke on development of public/private partnerships by joint ventures and the similarities and differences between joint ventures and public/private partnerships.
- David is a frequent speaker on EB-5 financing, including
- As a panelist at EB-5 Investor Magazine’s 2014 Southern California Conferences.
- As an organizer and panelist of numerous CRE Finance Council After-Work Seminars, including in New York and Los Angeles.
- As an organizer and moderator of EB-5 Financing – What You Need to Know Now, a panel at CRE Finance Council’s January Conference 2015.
- David is frequently quoted on the real estate market and related matters in leading publications.
Professional and Community Involvement
- David is committed to pro bono work. He represented the Neighborhood Parks Council for many years in development of new parks and open spaces in San Francisco, including the Helen Diller Playground – a wildly popular playground at the heart of Mission Dolores Park – Linden Alley, and numerous other community parks. He represented the Neighborhood Parks Council in connection with its merger, forming the San Francisco Parks Alliance, which he has continued to represent in improving San Francisco’s parks. In 2014, David represented Partners in Oakland Education in its partnership with BRIDGE Housing to develop a new charter school facility for Vincent Academy in West Oakland. David also represents the Truckee Donner Land Trust, which has protected more than 33,000 acres around Truckee Donner. David is currently representing the Bay Area Discovery Museum in connection with the expansion and rehabilitation of its facility in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
- Member, Lambda Alpha (an honorary real estate economics society)
- Member, SPUR
- Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- Member, San Francisco Bar Association
- Member, California Bar
- Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
David received his B.A. degree from Brown University in 2000 with a concentration in Political Science and his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2006. At Northwestern, he was an Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. That journal published his comment in 2006 on the ability of states to modify census data to correct the Census Bureau’s prisoner enumeration methods.
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