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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Parties Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Challenging Even A CEQA Exemption

By Jeffrey Forrest and Whitney Hodges Tomlinson v. County of Alameda et al ., S188161 (Supreme Court, June 14, 2012) The California Supreme Court recently reinforced the CEQA requirement that a party must exhaust administrative remedies even where the public agency finds a project exempt from...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Appeals Court Reaffirms That Non-Prejudicial Planning And Zoning Code And CEQA Errors Cannot Serve As Basis For Overturning City Approval

By Phillip Tate Rialto Citizens for Responsible Growth v. City of Rialto ___ Cal.App. ___ (July 31, 2012, No. E052253) On July 31, 2012, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that the trial court erred in invalidating the City of Rialto's (the "City") approval...