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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

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

The California Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision to hold that an environmental group’s mandamus petition, which challenged a county’s approval of an agreement between the county and a university relating to the...

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. Manhattan Beach, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court’s decision to vacate an ordinance issued by the City of Manhattan Beach, which prohibited certain retailers from distributing plastic bags to customers at the point of sale, until the...

Schellinger Brothers v. Sebastopol, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court's decision not to interject itself into a city's still ongoing process of preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for a proposed development project. The developer wanted the...

Inyo Citizens for Better Planning v. Inyo County Bd. of Supervisors

A California appellate court reversed in part and affirmed in part a lower court decision denying a citizen group's petition to set aside an amendment to a county's general land use plan that altered the definition of "net acreage."...

Lake Almanor Assocs., LLP v. Huffman-Broadway Group, Inc.

A California appellate court held that a consultant hired by a county to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) for development project is not liable to the developer for failing to prepare the EIR in a timely fashion. When the...

California Unions for Reliable Energy v. Mojave Desert Air Quality Management Dist.

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision that a local air district's adoption of a rule to reduce airborne dust is exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The rule...

Bus Riders Union v. Los Angeles County Metro. Transp. Agency

A California appellate court held that a local transportation agency's bus fare increase was statutorily exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Bus riders filed a petition for writ of...

Sustainable Transp. Advocates of Santa Barbara v. Santa Barbara County Ass'n of Gov'ts

A California appellate court held that a county was not required to conduct environmental review of a tax measure concerning transportation funding under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) prior to placing it on the general...

Las Lomas Land Co. v. Los Angeles, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a trial court's judgment dismissing a land company's complaint against a city that terminated the company's environmental review of a proposed development project and rejected the project before the...

Tracy First v. Tracy

A California appellate court affirmed the denial of a petition for review of a city's certification of an environmental impact report (EIR) and approval of a conditional use permit for the construction of a large food store. The city...