September 10th, 2015
California appears to be very close to creating no-fly zones over all private property. California SB-142 has been passed by the state legislature and as I understand it has been on Gov Brown’s desk since August 28.
As I understand it, SB-142 says you have to have express permission to fly a UAV over private property below 350′. So for real estate photography or videography this just means you have to get neighbors permission. This seems reasonable to me. Seems like standard courtesy would suggest that you get permission from neighbors to shoot video if you need to fly over their property.
One seemingly valid objection is that states don’t control airspace in the US. Only the federal government is chartered to control airspace. So perhaps this law won’t withstand legal challenges but in the long-term but in the short-term it would make sure UAV pilots exercise standard courtesy.
Update 9/10/2015 afternoon: It looks like Gov Jerry Brown vetoed the bill. See: the article in wired from a short time ago.