Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place ever more plant and animal species at risk of extinction...

California Supreme Court upholds municipal ban on plastic bags

In June 2008, the city manager of Manhattan Beach (a small, beach-front community in Southern California) issued a staff report recommending the adoption of an ordinance banning the use of "point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags" in the city. The proposed ordinance included a finding that the...

Demystifying CEQA's Cumulative Impact Analysis Requirements: Guidance for Defensible EIR Evaluation

By Ms. Nicole Hoeksma Gordon and Mr. Albert Herson, Attorneys, The Sohagi Law Group Get the latest on issues agencies face when conducting a "cumulative impact analysis" in an Environmental Impact Report in California. The article identifies legal requirements and provides practical strategies...

Streamlining in the Name of Economic Improvement and Job Creation Dominates 2011 California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") Legislation

By Mr. Ron Bass and Mr. Al Herson I. Introduction to 2011 CEQA Legislation In a last minute flurry of activity, three bills dominated the California Legislature's attention to CEQA during the final week of the session, and were signed into law. All three bills are based on a common principle...