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Save the Agoura Cornell Knoll v. City of Agoura Hills (2020) 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 222

Kate Wolf, singer/songwriter, phrased it well in her song Here in California: “It’s an old familiar story. An old familiar rhyme.” The familiar story in this blog is that of the fair argument standard, and the difficulty faced by

Environmental Council of Sacramento v. County of Sacramento (2020) 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 175

The County of Sacramento approved a master planned community, a feature of which was a proposed university. Opponents filed a CEQA challenge arguing: (1) the uncertainty over whether the university would be constructed invalidated the project description and impact analyses for traffic,

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2019 4th Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.

1.    2019 CEQA UPDATE

To read the 2018 cumulative CEQA review, click here:

Citizens for Positive Growth & Preservation v. City of Sacramento (2019) ___ Cal.App.5th ___.

In 2015, the City of Sacramento adopted an update to its general plan. The 2015 general plan amendment (“2015 Update”) was an update to a comprehensive 2030 plan adopted in 2009. The 2015 Update included an extension of the general plan

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City of Hesperia v. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 734.

In City of Hesperia v. Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 734, the 4th  Appellate District affirmed a writ of mandate issued to Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (“District”) directing

Hollywoodians Encouraging Rental Opportunities v. City of Los Angeles (2019) 37 Cal.App.5th 768

The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s denial of a writ of mandate demanding the City of Los Angeles (“City”) prepare an EIR for the conversion of a former rental apartment building into a hotel. The Court held that as

Shirli Fabbri Weiss v. City of Del Mar (2019) Cal.App. LEXIS 834

Litigation challenging a land use decision is subject to short statute of limitations. While Government Code section 65009 sets forth several different time frames depending upon the legal theory, subdivision (c) requires a plaintiff to file and serve the complaint and summons within

Sacramentans for Fair Planning v. City of Sacramento (2019) 2019 Cal.App. LEXIS  646

The City of Sacramento, a charter city, approved a fifteen-story mixed use project in its Midtown area, significantly in excess of its adopted height and FAR standards. This approval was based upon a general plan policy which stated, “The City may allow