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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Woodward Park Homeowners Ass'n v. Fresno, City of

A California appellate court held that a city violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving new commercial development on vacant land. One of the CEQA's two major purposes is to require public agencies to adopt...

San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Ctr. v. Merced, County of

A California appellate court held that a county board's certification of an environmental impact report (EIR) and approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) regarding a proposed expansion of a mining operation violated the California...

Citizens for a Megaplex-Free Alameda v. Alameda, City of

A California court upheld the dismissal of a petition under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) challenging a city's approval of a redevelopment project involving both the rehabilitation of a historic theater and the...

Sierra Club v. California Dep't of Forestry & Fire Protection

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision denying environmental groups' petition challenging a state agency's decision to allow timberland to be converted to a vineyard under the California Environmental Quality Act (...

Save Tara v. West Hollywood, City of

A California appellate court reversed in part a lower court decision denying a neighborhood association's petition to set aside agreements between a city and developers to build a housing project in West Hollywood. Although the...

Landwatch Monterey County v. Monterey, County of

A California appellate court upheld a lower court decision denying an environmental group's petition challenging a local board's approval of a development project in Monterey County. The group argued that by approving the project with a...

Vineyard Area Citizens for Responsible Growth v. Rancho Cordova, City of

California's highest court reversed a lower court decision dismissing individuals' claims that a county violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving community- and site-specific plans for a large, mixed use...

Friends of the Sierra R.R. v. Tuolumne Park & Recreation Dist.

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court's denial of a petition for a writ of mandamus to reverse a public agency's sale of land to the Tuolumne Board of Me-Wuk Indians. The land contained a disused but historic railroad...

Uphold Our Heritage v. Woodside, Town of

A California appellate court upheld a lower court order directing a town to set aside its issuance of a permit to Steve Jobs—co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple—to demolish a historic mansion so he could construct a smaller-...

Concerned McCloud Citizens v. McCloud Community Servs. Dist.

An appellate court reversed a lower court decision vacating an agreement between a water district and a water company for the sale and purchase of spring water. Local groups argued that the district failed to conduct any environmental...