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Al Herson on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Agricultural Land Mitigation

In this Analysis, Al Herson discusses whether preservation of existing agricultural land constitutes feasible mitigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Analysis concludes that preservation of such land can be both a valid CEQA mitigation measure when it is used to mitigate...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: CEQA Amendments from the 2011 Legislative Session

By Judy Davidoff and Alex Merritt In the 2011 session, the California Legislature and the Governor passed several bills to amend CEQA. As summarized below, these bills streamline the review process for green projects, environmental leadership projects, and a proposed football stadium; relax...

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...

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: California Supreme Court Grants Hearing in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley

Vacated opinion at: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A131254.PDF ; #mce_temp_url# (modified on rehearing, no change in judgment) http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A131254M.PDF According to the Court, the case presents the following issue: Did the City of Berkeley properly...