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).)
Assisted by the firm, the City of Alameda in 2006 approves the Alameda Landing Project on the former Alameda Fleet Industrial Supply Center military base site as a walkable mixed-use, transit-accessible community with affordable housing, parks and school, and waterfront promenade. Image by Alameda Point Environmental Report.
On behalf of the Citizens League for Airport Safety and Serenity (CLASS), in 2002 the firm negotiates a comprehensive settlement of the long-ranging dispute over the Oakland International Airport expansion, limiting the size of the terminal and imposing restrictions on air cargo facilities. The firm continues to represent CLASS as it monitors airport operations and […]
In 1999, the firm drafts one of the country’s first model ordinances to divert construction and demolition debris from landfills. It later assists the Alameda County Waste Management Authority in drafting one of the first model green building ordinances in the state.
The firm assists the Sierra Business Council in preparing its award-winning 1997 book, Planning for Prosperity, designed to help rural Sierra communities plan wisely and effectively for their future.
In 1994 the firm represents Rodeo residents in opposing the Pacific Refinery Company’s plan to increase the output of a refinery whose emissions threaten public health. As a result of legal issues raised by the firm, the refinery eventually decides to shut down.
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.