Archive for April, 2016


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 Lawyer Magazine.  The award recognized the approval of an NFL stadium in Inglewood on a 60-acre site near the Forum and Hollywood Park Racetrack.  The project also includes a 6,000 seat performance venue and more than 4 million square feet of hotel, office, retail and residential space.  The City Council approved the project just two months after its announcement.  The project was able to achieve such rapid approval by means of the initiative process, which enabled the City Council to approve the project after the voters presented the proposal to the City, based on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court (2014) 59 Cal.4th 1029.  Whit Manley participated in the effort as CEQA counsel.  California Lawyer’s article on the award is at http://www.callawyer.com/2016/03/real-estate-development/.

 

Court Upholds EIR for LAX Master Plan

April 12th, 2016 by admin

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 upgrading the Los Angeles Airport.  Two lawsuits were filed challenging the City’s decision:  one was filed by the “Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion,” and another was filed by the cities of Inglewood and Culver City.  The petitioners sought to blow up the plan in hopes of thwarting upgrades at LAX, and forcing air traffic to other airports in the region.  Following a three-day trial in January 2016, Judge Reiser issued a 118-page ruling rejecting all of the petitioners’ claims.  Whit Manley, together with a team of lawyers led by Margaret Sohagi of the Sohagi Law Group, represent the City of Los Angeles in the litigation.