RMM welcomes furry intern

Very Good Girl Sibella joined the firm in January 2018 as an eight-week old labrador/golden retriever puppy. Sibella comes to  us from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). She is completing a one-year internship in our …

Upcoming Speaking and Teaching Engagements

On February 27-28, 2018, Whit Manley will be serving as faculty for a two-day seminar on CEQA for appellate justices, trial judges, and appellate and trial staff. The seminar is sponsored by the Judicial Council. …

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to EIS for Major L.A. Transit Project

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected two challenges to the EIS for the Regional Connector project proposed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The project would provide a critical link …

EIR for Mission Bay Warriors Arena Upheld by Court of Appeal

The First District Court of Appeal issued a published opinion upholding the EIR for the Warriors arena in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The court held that the EIR adequately analyzed impacts related …

Ninth Circuit Upholds EIS for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Regional Plan Update

On November 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published opinion upholding the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s environmental impact statement (EIS) for TRPA’s Regional Plan Update. The panel unanimously affirmed the district …

Caltrain Electrification EIR Upheld in Litigation Brought by High-Speed Rail Foes

On September 26, 2016, Judge Goode of the Contra Costa County Superior Court, issued a ruling denying a petition brought by the Town of Atherton and organizations opposed to the statewide high-speed rail project. The …

RMM Attorneys Named Top Attorneys for Environmental Law

Jim Moose and Whit Manley have been named “Top Attorneys” in Environmental Law by Sacramento Magazine. The list of top attorneys is based on a survey of Sacramento-area attorneys. Jim Moose, Whit Manley, Sabrina Teller …

Whit Manley Part of Award-Winning Team for Inglewood NFL Stadium

A team of lawyers led by Amy Forbes at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher in Los Angeles were named recipients of “California Lawyer of the Year” for real estate in the March 2016 edition of California …

Court Upholds EIR for LAX Master Plan

On April 8, 2016, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen Reiser ruled that the City of Los Angeles complied with CEQA when it certified an EIR and approved a plan mapping out a strategy for …

SB 4 EIR on Hydraulic Fracturing Receives Merit Award from AEP

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which was sponsored by Senator Fran Pavley and signed into law on September 20, 2013, required the Department of Conservation and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) …

Court Upholds EIR for Westside Subway Project

The Westside Subway Extension public transit project will extend the heavy-rail Purple Line from downtown to the Westside of Los Angeles, bringing much needed relief from the infamous traffic congestion of Los Angeles. Due to …

Office of Planning and Research Invites Comments on Proposed Update to CEQA Guidelines

The Office of Planning and Research has released a preliminary discussion draft of updates to the CEQA Guidelines. OPR invites public comment on those updates by October 12, 2015. The proposed Guidelines address a broad …

EPA and Corps Issue Final Rule Defining “Waters of the United States”

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a final rule defining the scope of “waters of the United States” protected under the Clean Water Act …

Court of Appeal Upholds the City of Newport Beach’s EIR and Concludes that the City’s Actions Complied with Its General Plan

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, petitioner challenged the decision by the City of Newport Beach in approving a residential and mixed use development on the Banning Ranch property. The Fourth District …