The firm successfully defends Santa Cruz County in the California Supreme Court against a lumber company’s claim that state law preempted the County’s authority to regulate logging through zoning. (Big Creek Lumber Co. v. County of Santa Cruz, 38 Cal.4th 1139 (2006).)
The firm serves as part of the legal team that obtains a ruling from the California Supreme Court upholding the discretion of a newly-formed city to deny a final subdivision map where the county had earlier granted a vesting tentative map. (City of Goleta v. Superior Court, 40 Cal.4th 270 (2006).)
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.
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The firm wins an appellate court case for the City of Saratoga, requiring a school district’s athletic stadium to comply with the City’s zoning ordinance. (Saratoga v. West Valley-Mission Community College District (2002).)
In an appellate court victory, the firm successfully defends a referendum of the City of Pleasanton’s pre-zoning of property for development and convinces the court that the referendum does not create inconsistencies with the City’s general plan. (Merritt v. City of Pleasanton, 89 Cal.App.4th 1032 (2001).)
The City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Port Commission in 1998 enter into land exchange agreements, negotiated with the assistance of the Firm, that enable the redevelopment of Mission Bay with housing, a medical center, and an array of other uses.
In 1998 the firm advises the Asian Art Museum Foundation regarding local, state, and federal historic preservation laws during its renovation of the Old Main Library and relocation of the Piazzoni murals to the De Young Museum.