Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 3rd 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 CEQA review, click here:

Martis Camp Community Association v. County of Placer, 2020 Cal.App. LEXIS 773 (August 17, 2020).

Petitioners challenged the County’s decision to abandon a roadway connecting two residential subdivisions, the Martis Camp project (“Martis Camp”) and the Retreat at NorthStar project (“Retreat”), near Lake Tahoe in eastern Placer County on several claims, including the California Environmental

By Daniel S. Cucchi and Kristen Kortick

https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/rps/

Although cities and counties in California face health and safety shutdowns from the pandemic, utilities must continue essential services and remain in compliance with pre-existing laws. One of those laws is California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) which is driving utilities to transition energy mixes to state approved

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

There is one

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In an unpublished decision, the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s ruling that reduced the amount in attorney’s fees a plaintiff could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