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Reuben is a Land Use Planner at Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles, where he works on development projects in Southern California. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA.
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Reuben Duarte is a Land Use Planner at Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles, California, where he assists real estate developers, property owners, and other business entities in guiding their projects through the entitlement process, including permitting, regulatory and environmental compliance (CEQA), stakeholder engagement, and community outreach. Reuben has also written as a contributing editor for the Climate Change Law & Policy Reporter.

Reuben received his BA in Legal Studies and Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA, where he specialized in transportation planning and policy, and urban design and development.  His primary areas of interest include: real estate and economic development, urban design, land use and transportation policy, high-speed rail, and political environments.

In his spare time, Reuben enjoys serving as the Communications Director for the California (UC Berkeley) Alumni Association in Los Angeles. Originally from Visalia in California’s Central Valley, he now lives in West Hollywood where he can be found drinking whiskey on a patio somewhere.

You can contact Reuben directly via email at RDuarte@SheppardMullin.com.

Recent Posts

Blog post
May 23, 2016, 2pm PDT
Reviewing Governor Jerry Brown's recent proposed legislation to permit projects that provide affordable housing to be approved as-of-right.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
February 24, 2016, 9am PST
Though projects tend to be hyper-local and temporary, Do It Yourself, Tactical, or Guerrilla Urbanism is an endorsement of the top-down planning model, rather than a repudiation.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
August 4, 2015, 10am PDT
Current planning models places housing affordability and preservation fundamentally at odds with one another. We must be willing to re-evaluate our processes if we are to truly move forward.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
June 9, 2015, 5am PDT
The ambiguous definition of 'urban decay' dilutes the argument for requiring this less-well-known environmental study.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
June 4, 2015, 6am PDT
After San Francisco Supervisors reject housing moratorium, proponents vow ballot initiative. But a moratorium is the wrong solution to the problem and would likely lead to continued price increases, condo conversions, and Ellis Act evictions.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
March 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
The recent example of a dramatic rent increase in San Francisco may be less about loopholes in current housing laws and more about failing to consider all the implications of rushed legislation.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
January 11, 2015, 1pm PST
The evolution of the development agreement reveals how its proliferation as a land use tool is a symptom of a larger struggle between increasingly complicated land use regulations, the public’s conflicting goals, and developers’ desire for certainty
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
October 28, 2014, 5am PDT
The income of original residents is more important to the gentrification debate than any opposition to luxury development or price controls. We need to begin to embed income inequality within the gentrification debate.
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
September 8, 2014, 5am PDT
With an increasing reliance on development regulations and requirements on land owners to satisfy policy goals, are we approaching an unsustainable point in land use controls?
Reuben Duarte
Blog post
September 2, 2014, 8am PDT
With the advancement of LGBT rights and equality, the traditionally LGBT neighborhood is changing to reflect the tastes and preferences of the new LGBT community within.
Reuben Duarte