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Client Alerts

2016

Housing

Environmental Law

  • 9th Circuit Upholds Environmental Analysis for Critical Southern California Transit ProjectDecember 15, 2016The United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit rejected appeals by two property owners challenging the environmental impact analysis for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) Regional Connector underground light rail project. (Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, et al. (December 6, 2016).) The appellate court's decision reflects significant ... read more
  • Court of Appeal Rules Developers Can Recover CEQA Administrative Record CostsSeptember 19, 2016In the partially published opinion for Citizens for Ceres v. City of Ceres (Sept.12, 2016), the Fifth District held that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) allows the developer to recover costs of administrative record preparation where the city actually incurred those costs and the developer reimbursed the city for those costs.  Citizens for Ceres challenged the City of ... read more
  • Final Changes to Proposition 65 Warning RegulationsSeptember 16, 2016The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, after a myriad of proposals, hearings, and workshops, has now issued final regulations that significantly revise how Proposition 65 warnings are to be provided.  Although intended to clarify the law and reduce lawsuits by private plaintiffs, it is likely that the opposite will occur.  The final regulation is available read more
  • TSCA Reform Close to Reality, But at the Expense of California’s Green Chemistry Regulations?January 11, 2016After its enactment nearly 40 years ago, the federal Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA") is nearing its first major overhaul.  TSCA has been viewed as generally ineffective in regulating chemicals as originally intended.  However, Congress has recently passed new TSCA reform bills that, if enacted, will substantially increase federal chemical regulation, but likely at the expense of similar ... read more

Municipal and Special District Law

  • Recreational Marijuana is Legal in California – Now What?November 9, 2016On November 8, Californians approved Prop 64 - the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act ("AUMA" or "the Act"), legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older, effective November 9, 2016. While many cities and counties have ordinances or other regulations governing medical marijuana, such ordinances and regulations may be insufficient to cover "nonmedical" ... read more
  • Cal. Supreme Court Opens Door for State Reimbursing Local Agencies for Unfunded MandatesAugust 30, 2016On August 29, the California Supreme Court handed an important victory to local agencies that are seeking to enforce their constitutional right to reimbursement for unfunded mandates imposed by the State.   In Department of Finance v. Commission on State Mandates, the Court ruled in favor of public agencies subject to storm water discharge permits, holding that State-mandated storm ... read more

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