The firm defeats a federal court challenge to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s imposition of a ban on jet skis. As a result, U.S. manufacturers cease producing 2-stroke polluting engines. (Lake Tahoe Watercraft Recreation Assn. v. TRPA, 24 F.Supp.2d 1062 (1998).)
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.
The firm and the Office of the San Francisco City Attorney draft and the legislature passes the 1997 Treasure Island Conversion Act (AB 699), the enabling statute for the Treasure Island Development Authority, giving TIDA the power to redevelop and administer the former military base.
The Firm represents the Port of San Francisco in a negotiation with the State Lands Commission and BCDC that results in 1997 in adoption of the Port’s first Waterfront Land Use Plan.
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 Save the Bay and the National Audubon Association as intervenors in the successful defense, in the Ninth Circuit, of the Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction over property that government actions had helped make aquatic. (Leslie Salt Co. v. U.S, 896 F.2d 354 (9th Cir. 1990).)
On behalf of Save the Bay and other environmental groups, the firm, together with the Attorney General’s office, prevails in a federal case holding that the Army Corps of Engineers must prepare an environmental impact statement for a permit to fill wetlands at the Oakland Airport site. (People of State of Calif. v. Marsh, 687 […]
The firm prevails in litigation challenging major development on Cullinan Ranch, a 1,500-acre parcel at the top of San Pablo Bay. This large wetland area is now permanently preserved by the Fish & Wildlife Service. (Save the Bay v. City of Vallejo.)