The firm prevails in challenging a redevelopment plan that would have allowed industrial uses on productive agricultural land in Solano County. The appellate court reverses the trial court, holding that the Agency’s approval violated both the Community Redevelopment Law and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Emmington v. Solano County Redev’t Agency, 195 Cal.App.3d 491 […]
The Firm makes repeated trips to the Court of Appeal to extend the restraining order it obtained barring logging of redwood trees on property located on Lucas Valley Road in Marin County. Redwood trees prevail as a settlement is eventually reached with the forester. (County of Marin v. California Department of Forestry (1985).)
In 1985 the firm negotiates an innovative settlement of litigation on behalf of Stop Polluting Our Newport and the Airport Working Group, challenging the expansion of John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The settlement establishes strict limits on the number of commercial flights, aircraft noise levels, and terminal size at John Wayne, considered to be […]
The firm succeeds in litigation challenging the Coastal Commission’s approval of sprawl development on Odello Ranch, a stunning rural area south of the Carmel River. (City of Carmel By-the-Sea v. California Coastal Commission (1985).)
The firm represents Save the Bay as an intervenor in an appellate case affirming the authority of the Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC) to hold a landowner responsible for unauthorized bay fill on its property. (Leslie Salt Co. v. BCDC, 153 Cal.App.3d 605 (1984).)
The firm represents the City of San Francisco in connection with the environmental review for the much anticipated Downtown Plan, released to the public in 1983. Later, the Firm assists the City in the creation of a transferable development rights ordinance to protect its historic structures.