As a result of litigation filed by the firm challenging the expansion of the City of Stockton’s sphere of influence, the City agrees to require developers to pay one of the highest-ever per-acre agricultural mitigation fees. (Sierra Club v. San Joaquin County LAFCO (2006).)
In response to litigation by the firm on behalf of a local community group and Green Foothills, the City of San Jose rescinds its approval of a massive sports complex in the South Almaden Valley, a rural area that lacks public services to support the project. The complex is never built. (South Almaden Valley Rural […]
On behalf of the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County, the Sierra Club, and a local community group, the firm prevails in a legal challenge to the City of Stockton’s approval of a $600 million contract to privatize all of its water utilities. After losing in two trials, the City terminates the contract. […]
The firm negotiates a global settlement of a dispute over the expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport, limiting the size of the expansion, mitigating its impacts on neighbors, and assisting in the development of a long-term regional strategy to satisfy aviation demand through other airports in the Los Angeles area. (El Segundo v. Los […]
The firm and the San Francisco City Attorney’s office in 2005 successfully defend the Transbay Joint Powers Agency against challenges to its CEQA/NEPA compliance for the Transit Center, Downtown Rail Extension, and associated redevelopment. Image by SPUR.
Assisted by the firm, Merced County in 2004 adopts the University Community Plan for the land uses and infrastructure necessary to support the new UC Merced campus.
The firm prevails in a CEQA challenge to a roadway expansion that would have transformed the Town of Somis in rural Ventura County. Caltrans then agrees to a modest project alternative proposed by the firm’s traffic expert. (Save Our Somis v. Caltrans (2003).)
In a groundbreaking appellate decision in a case brought by the firm, the appellate court overturns new CEQA guidelines adopted by the Wilson administration that would have weakened environmental review requirements across the state. (Communities for a Better Environment v. Cal. Resources Agency, 103 Cal.App.4th 98 (2002).)
The firm succeeds in a CEQA challenge to a large expansion of the Oakland International Airport, obtaining a landmark appellate ruling that the environmental impact report must analyze the project’s severe noise impacts on nearby residents. (Berkeley Keep Jets Over the Bay Committee v. Bd. of Port Comm’rs, 91 Cal.App.4th 1344 (2001).)