Sacramento County v. Local Agency Formation Commission

(1992) 3 Cal.4th 903 The California Supreme Court ruled that the “rational relation” test must be applied in determining the constitutionality of a statute defining the appropriate group of voters to participate in an incorporation …

City of Sacramento v. State Water Resources Control Board

(1992) 2 Cal.App.4th 960 The Court of Appeal determined that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (now the Department of Pesticide Regulation) was the appropriate “lead agency” in dealing with the annual formulation and …

Oro Fino Gold Mining Corp. v. County of El Dorado

(1990) 225 Cal.App.3d 872 The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of a county board of supervisors requiring an EIR for a use permit for exploratory drilling for gold. The applicant had filed suit demanding …

Kings County Farm Bureau v. City of Hanford

(1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 692 The Court of Appeal held that an EIR prepared for the construction of a coal-fired cogeneration power plant was inadequate for failing to properly assess secondary and cumulative air quality impacts, …

Midway Orchards v. County of Butte

(1990) 220 Cal.App.3d 765 The Court of Appeal held that a general plan amendment does not become effective until thirty days after adoption, so that affected citizens can circulate a referendum petition challenging such legislative …

Californians for Native Salmon and Steelhead Association et al. v. Department of Forestry

(1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 1419 The Court of Appeal permitted the filing and prosecution of a “pattern and practice” action brought by various plaintiffs to challenge the procedures followed by the Department of Forestry and Fire …

Citizens for Quality Growth v. City of Mt. Shasta

(1988) 198 Cal.App.3d 433 The Court of Appeal required the City of Mount Shasta to prepare findings prior to approving a general plan amendment that would allow a shopping center project, even though the applicant …

Paul Baily et al. v. County of El Dorado

(1985) 162 Cal.App.3d 94 The Court of Appeal issued a peremptory writ to compel the respondent county to place an initiative measure on the ballot. The initiative measure required the creation of buffer zones surrounding …

Environmental Planning & Information Council v. Superior Court (Detmold Publishing)

(1985) 36 Cal.3d 188 The California Supreme Court held that an environmental organization can constitutionally proceed with a secondary boycott against advertisers of a newspaper in order to influence editorial policy. [RMM Counsel of record: …

Environmental Council of Sacramento v. County of Sacramento

(1982) 135 Cal.App.3d 428 The Court of Appeal held that, once a lead agency has certified and adopted an EIR, the agency cannot change the document’s conclusions regarding the significance of environmental impacts without substantial …

Environmental Planning & Information Council v. County of El Dorado

(1982) 131 Cal.App.3d 350 The Court of Appeal held that an EIR for a general plan amendment must analyze the project’s impacts on the existing environment, rather than simply compare the project’s impacts to the …

Perley v. County of Calaveras

(1982) 137 Cal.App.3d 424 The Court of Appeal upheld the use of a mitigated negative declaration for a seven-acre strip mine. The court concluded that the neighbors’ testimony regarding noise, dust, and traffic did not …

Rural Land Owners’ Association v. City of Lodi

(1983) 143 Cal.App.3d 1013 The Court of Appeal rejected a harmless error standard under CEQA. The court also held that the respondent city had failed to adequately respond to agencies’ comments on the EIR for …

Sutter Sensible Planning, Inc. v. County of Sutter

(1981) 122 Cal.App.3d 813 The Court of Appeal required Sutter County to recirculate an EIR when significant new information became available regarding the potential of a proposed tomato processing facility to cause environmental impacts. [RMM …