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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara

A California appellate court upheld a county's approval of a sand and gravel mining pit along a riverbed. An environmental group seeking to overturn the approval argued that the environmental impact report (EIR) that formed the basis of...

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

A district court, in a 114-page opinion, held that a regional planning agency violated the California Environmental Quality Act when it approved the expansion of a ski resort near Lake Tahoe. The evidence fails to support the agency's...

Sunset Sky Ranch Pilots Ass'n v. Sacramento, County of

The California Supreme Court held that a county's decision not to renew a conditional use permit for a private airport is not a "project" subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Declining...

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. Newport Beach, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision denying a conservation group's petition seeking to vacate a city's certification of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the development of a park. The group argued that...

Central Basin Municipal Water District v. Water Replenishment District of Southern California

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision denying a municipal water district's petition challenging a water replenishment district's "water emergency" declaration for California's Central Basin. The water district...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Ass'n of Governments

A California court held that the environmental impact report (EIR) San Diego prepared for its regional transport plan and accompanying sustainable communities strategy violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it...

Habitat & Watershed Caretakers v. City of Santa Cruz

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision denying a petition challenging a city's certification of a final environmental impact report (EIR) for a project to amend the city's "sphere of influence" to include an...

Recommendations for Complying With Ballona Wetlands’ Definitive Rejection of “Converse-CEQA” Analysis

On March 21, 2012, the California Supreme Court denied the petition for review and requests for depublication of the Second District Court of Appeal’s opinion in Ballona Wetlands Land Trust et al. v. City of Los Angeles. ...

Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court of Tuolumne County

A California appellate court held that a city council may not skip California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for a development project by using Election Code §9214(a) to approve the project via a voter petition instead of...

Chung v. City of Monterey Park

A California appellate court held that a local ballot measure requiring a city to seek competitive bidding for future trash service contracts was not a "project" under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) subject to...