United States: California Rules Of Court Amendments Lead To Requests For Clarification Regarding CEQA Lawsuits

by Jennifer Hernandez , Ryan Michael Leaderman and Daniel Golub: Holland and Knight : mondaq – excerpt In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, introduced amendments to the California Rules of Court, which are effective immediately and impact a broad suite of criminal and civil judicial proceedings. With … More United States: California Rules Of Court Amendments Lead To Requests For Clarification Regarding CEQA Lawsuits

UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

By Tiffany Crawford :vancouversun – excerpt Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis … More UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt The settlement funds would have directly helped low-income families and people of color In 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown was ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling … More Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

San Francisco Libertarians File an Election Contest to Invalidate November’s Proposition A Election Due To Violations of New Law

by: Michael Denny : lips – excerpt The complaint was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Friday April 5, 2019. This is an independent action taken by two members of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, Note: This is an independent action taken by two members of the Libertarian Party … More San Francisco Libertarians File an Election Contest to Invalidate November’s Proposition A Election Due To Violations of New Law

California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

In Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (S219783), the California Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed that the substantial evidence standard of review does not always apply when a lead agency prepares an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for a development project. Rather, the court determined that the less deferential de novo standard applies if the EIR’s discussion of a potentially significant … More California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

 By Bryan Anderson and Madeline Ashmun : sacbee – excerpt (includes map) Sue you, and you, and you! by SF Blue Comics In his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the state’s housing problem. While he doesn’t intend to sue all of the cities for their failures to meet their housing obligations, he … More Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

By Ashley Werner : calmatters – excerpt California is facing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. Lower-income residents across the state must choose whether to pay for rent or food. People who can’t cover housing costs are forced to leave their homes, their neighborhoods and even the state. But as legislators resume discussions regarding policy … More My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

By Giana Magnoli : noozhawk – excerpt With laws ‘basically designed to strip local control,’ city planners are working to create objective design standards for development projects. Santa Barbara city planners will spend the next year creating objective design standards for development projects in response to the package of state housing legislation that then-Gov. Jerry … More City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

By Esmé E. Deprez : bloomberg – excerpt Third-party ownership and decades-long contracts can create real headaches. On a rare rainy day early last year, my husband, Alex, and I toured what, with any luck, would become the most exciting and daunting purchase of our lives: a cream-colored bungalow-style fixer-upper, built in 1924, a few … More What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

By Alexei Koseff : sfchronicle – excerpt SACRAMENTO — The state sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach on Friday to force it to plan for more affordable housing, part of a campaign by Gov. Gavin Newsom to boost construction in California as residents grapple with soaring housing costs. Newsom said Huntington Beach has … More California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing