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Land Use

  • Trends In Land Use Law – 2nd Quarter UpdateSeptember 11, 2012Trends In Land Use Law In our previous quarterly summary, we told you about the Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley case, in which Meyers Nave represents the real party in interest project applicant. We are happy to report that the California Supreme Court has since accepted the case for review. The appellate court decision had examined CEQA Guidelines section ... read more
  • Court Upholds EIR’s Analysis of Public Safety and Traffic Impacts, But Finds Parkland Impacts Analysis InadequateJuly 5, 2012CEQA requires agencies to support their environmental conclusions with “substantial evidence.”  In City of Hayward v. Board of Trustees of the California State University, the First District Court of Appeal held that the University’s Master Plan EIR for the expansion of its East Bay campus largely complied with CEQA, except that the University failed to rely on substantial ... read more

Public Contracts

  • Supreme Court Rules that Charter Cities may not have to pay Prevailing WagesJuly 3, 2012On Monday, July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court clarified that Charter Cities may exempt themselves from paying prevailing wages on public works projects where the projects are funded with local dollars.  The long anticipated case, State Building and Constructions Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO v. City of Vista, held that the ordinances of charter cities supersede state law ... read more

Environmental Law

Trial and Litigation


California Public Records Act

  • Court of Appeal Holds that Personnel Investigation Report is Subject to DisclosureFebruary 2, 2012Marken v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District On January 24, 2012, the Court of Appeal ruled that a report of a personnel investigation was subject to public disclosure. In Marken, the Court ruled that, under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), public interest in disclosure of a report of a personnel investigation finding a teacher had violated his employer's ... read more