Golden Door Properties, LLC v. Superior Court, 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 710

In Golden Door Properties, LLC v. Superior Court, the Fourth Appellate District addressed several key issues involving the scope of a CEQA record of proceedings, including the question of what is the obligation of a lead agency to retain emails, and

By William W. Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel S. Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 2nd 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.

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s May Environmental Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions beginning in January 2020.

1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the April 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/04/articles/ak-news/land-use-law-blog-april-environmental-action-news/ .

2. CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

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Delta Stewardship Council Cases (Cal.Ct.App., April 10, 2020, cases nos. C082944, C086199) 2020 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 2279.

In an unpublished decision, the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s ruling that reduced the amount in attorney’s fees a plaintiff could collect under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5 after prevailing on only

Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 285

Tesoro, a major operator in the fuel industry now known as Andeavor, sought approval for its Los Angeles Refinery Integration and Compliance Project. The Project was designed to: (1) improve integration between its Carson and Wilmington refinery

Coalition for an Equitable Westlake/MacArthur Park v. City of Los Angeles, 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 272

On March 3, 2017, the Director of Planning, serving as the “advisory agency” pursuant to the Subdivision Map Act, approved a negative declaration and vesting tentative map for a mixed use project consisting of a 220 room hotel, 41

2020 CEQA 1st QUARTER REVIEW

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 1st 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 2019 cumulative

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

King & Gardiner Farms, LLC v. County of Kern (2020) 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 161

In a long and detailed opinion from the Fifth District Court of Appeal, the appellate court considered a multitude of CEQA claims over the County’s environmental impact report adoption in support of an ordinance establishing streamlined processing procedures for eligible oil