The firm wins a CEQA case challenging programs of three Central Valley irrigation districts that would have applied dangerous herbicides to irrigation canals that provide important natural habitat. (DeltaKeeper v. Merced Irrigation Dist., South San Joaquin Irrigation Dist., and Oakdale Irrigation Dist. (2006).)
The firm assists the Oakland Army Base Reuse Authority in negotiating series of land exchange and related agreements, authorized by legislation drafted by the firm (SB 674), that will enable the redevelopment of the former Army Base.
The firm obtains a ruling from the Ninth Circuit holding that an environmental organization gave adequate notice of its intent to sue under the Clean Water Act. (Waterkeepers Northern Cal. v. AG Industrial Manufacturing, Inc. (2004).)
After a grassroots group in Los Altos Hills qualifies an initiative, drafted by the firm, to preserve 157 acres of public open space and recreation lands, the City Council in 2003 adopts the measure outright.
The firm negotiates a settlement of a Clean Water Act case against Ultramar, requiring the operator of a petroleum-coke loading facility in Pittsburg to close its operations or install state-of-the-art technology. (S.F. BayKeeper v. Ultramar, Inc. (2002).)
The firm obtains a Ninth Circuit ruling that Tosco Corporation cannot escape liability for decades of pollution from its petroleum-coke loading plant in Pittsburg by selling that facility during litigation. (San Francisco BayKeeper, Inc. v. Tosco Corporation, 309 F.3d 1153 (9th Cir. 2002).)
On behalf of Surfrider, the firm secures denial of a coastal development permit extension for the Dos Pueblos golf course along Santa Barbara’s rural Gaviota coast in 2001. Seventeen years later the firm negotiates a settlement that permits the development of two homes on the property, while allowing for public access to the coast and […]
The firm wins a case requiring state water quality regulators to implement a statute addressing “toxic hot spots” in state waters. (DeltaKeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board (2001).)
Voters in San Juan Capistrano in 2002 pass a referendum, drafted by the firm, reversing the City’s approval of “Whispering Hills,” a gated subdivision that would have filled wetlands and cut a road through prominent ridgelines. Image by Bennilover.
The firm assists the Water Forum in its adoption in 2000 of a landmark agreement among multiple stakeholders that sets the allocation of water from the American River Watershed.