The firm represents the Environmental Defense Fund in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, successfully advocating EDF’s position that utilities be required to implement best available technology and practices to reduce methane emissions from the natural gas distribution systems. In 2019 the Commission adopts a decision reducing utilities’ rate recovery for these emissions.
Thanks in large part to the firm’s advocacy on behalf of the Endangered Habitats League, in 2019 an applicant withdraws its plans to develop the Warner Ranch project just before it was slated for its hearing before the San Diego County Planning Commission. The project, widely recognized as yet another leapfrog development in San Diego’s […]
In Stopthemilleniumhollywood.com v. City of Los Angeles, 39 Cal.App.5th 1 (2019), the Second District Court of Appeal provided further guidance regarding how specific or flexible a project description can be when undergoing CEQA analysis. The applicant proposed a mixed use development that included the historic Hollywood Capitol Records Tower as well as residences, retail, offices, restaurants, parking, a hotel, and a fitness center. Instead of detailing […]
Triannual State Building Code Update Presents an Opportunity for Local Governments to Decarbonize Homes and Buildings
As part of California’s effort to tackle climate change, local jurisdictions throughout the state are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from homes and buildings. Such efforts play a vital role in achieving the state’s ambitious climate goals. These goals include generating 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, as required by SB 100; achieving […]
The firm wins a victory in the court of appeal under the Subdivision Map Act. The court invalidates the approval of the Hoskings Ranch project, a luxury development disguised as an agricultural project in rural San Diego County. (Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. County of San Diego, 37 Cal.App.5th 1021 (2019).)
In 2019, the firm is selected to serve as the General Counsel to the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (RecycleSmart), administering franchise agreements for recycling, compost, and solid waste diversion and disposal for five cities and a portion of the County.
The firm assists the City of Cupertino in launching an on-demand shuttle service in 2019 to provide transportation anywhere in Cupertino and to nearby mass transit, thereby reducing the use of single-occupancy automobiles.
In 2019 the firm drafts, and advises the City of Cupertino in adopting, one of the first all-electric reach codes, dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of new construction that might otherwise be served by natural gas.
In 2019 the firm represents the SPHERE Institute in defeating a waterfront hotel proposal on state public trust land and wins state approval for Burlingame Shoreline Park in its place.