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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Neither CEQA nor the Public Trust Requires Exclusion of Current Conditions in Determining Baseline for Purposes of Lease Renewal on Tide and Submerged Lands

Citizens for East Shore Parks, et al. v. California State Lands Commission (Chevron U.S.A, et al., real party in interest) , No. A129896 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st Dist., December 30, 2011, modified on denial of rehearing No. A129896M, Jan. 27, 2012.) . By Michael Gibson The proper baseline for analyzing...

California High-Speed Rail on Track? Bridging the Gap Between Competing Land Use Issues with the California High-Speed Rail Project

By Kevin J. Grochow* * J.D. Candidate, Chapman University School of Law, May 2012; B.A. History, University of California, Irvine, June 2007. Excerpt from California High-Speed Rail on Track? Bridging the Gap Between Competing Land Use Issues with the California High-Speed Rail Project , 15...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: California Supreme Court Denies Review of Case Holding that CEQA Does Not Require Analysis of Effects on a Project Caused by the Environment

By Michael Hansen The California Supreme Court unanimously declined to hear a challenge to the revised environmental impact report for the Playa Vista development in Los Angeles in Ballona Wetlands Land Trust v. City of Los Angeles [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], resulting...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Use of Projected Future Conditions Appropriate Baseline for Analyzing Impacts of Long-Term Infrastructure Projects

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, et al ., B232655 (2nd Dist. Div. 8, April 17, 2012) By Daniel Bane In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, et al . (" Neighbors for Smart Rail "), the California Court of Appeal...