Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment v. County of Placer

(2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 25 On February 28, 2013, the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court’s sustainment of a demurrer filed by Bohemia Properties and joined by Placer County, finding that a petitioner’s petition for writ of …

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach

(2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 1209 On December 12, 2012, the Fourth Appellate District upheld the City of Newport Beach’s EIR for the Sunset Ridge Park Project, finding that the city did not improperly “piecemeal” the project …

Tomlinson v. County of Alameda

(2012) 54 Cal.4th 281 The California Supreme Court held that the requirement for exhaustion of administrative remedies found in Public Resources Code section 21177, subdivision (a) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) applies to an agency’s …

Salmon Protection & Watershed Network v. County of Marin

(2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 195 The First Appellate District Court of Appeal affirmed dismissal of Salmon Protection & Watershed Network’s (SPAWN’s) complaint in intervention where the underlying tolling agreements were valid. Property owners SPAWN had challenged …

Citizens for Open Government v. City of Lodi

(2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 296 The Third Appellate District upheld the trial court’s judgment discharging a writ after the City of Lodi demonstrated full compliance with CEQA for a revised, recirculated EIR prepared for a use …

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach

(2011) 52 Cal.4th 155 The California Supreme Court upheld the City of Manhattan Beach’s decision to ban plastic bags on the basis of a negative declaration. In its opinion, the court dealt with two issues …

Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton

(2010) 48 Cal.4th 481 The California Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeal decision holding that, despite alleged flaws in the decision-making process, a facially valid and properly filed notice of exemption (NOE) triggered the …

Committee for Green Foothills v. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

(2010) 48 Cal.4th 32 The California Supreme Court held that the filing of a notice of determination (NOD) triggers the 30-day statute of limitations for all CEQA challenges to the decision announced in the notice, …

Planning & Conservation League v. Castaic Lake Water Agency

(2009) 180 Cal.App.4th 210 The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the adequacy of an EIR certified by the Castaic Lake Water Agency analyzing the impacts of transferring 41,000 acre-feet of water to Castaic from …

Sustainable Transportation Advocates of Santa Barbara v. Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

(2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 113 The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the Santa Barbara Association of Governments (SBCAG) approval of a transportation sales tax measure without conducting CEQA review. SBCAG developed and approved its sales …

California Native Plant Society v. City of Santa Cruz

(2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 957 The Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld the City of Santa Cruz’s approval of a master plan for Arana Gulch, a City-owned greenbelt property. The EIR for the master plan acknowledged …

California Native Plant Society v. City of Rancho Cordova

(2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 603 The Third Appellate District Court of Appeal held that the City of Rancho Cordova approved a project that was inconsistent with one mandatory policy of its General Plan concerning wetland mitigation. …

California Native Plant Society v. County of El Dorado

(2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 1026 The Court of Appeal held that the payment of a rare plant impact fee did not presumptively establish full mitigation for the potential impacts of a senior assisted living and Alzheimers’ …

St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Catholic Charities CYO v. City of San Rafael

(2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 989 The Court of Appeal upheld San Rafael’s general plan against a challenge from a landowner. St. Vincent’s School for Boys’ property is located outside the city limits, but within the city’s …