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Fourth District Rejects City’s Retroactive CEQA Baseline but Holds that Error did not Violate Constitutional Rights

  • October 5, 2018

In a case published on September 18, 2018 the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that CEQA does not apply to the lawful demolition of a potential historic resource prior to application for a development permit.  In Bottini v. City of San Diego, No. D071670 (4th Dist., Sep. 18, 2018), --- Cal.Rptr.3d ---- ,  the court affirmed that the proper baseline for CEQA analysis is the environmental condition at the time an application for development is submitted.  However, while the…

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SB 100 and EO B-55-18: California’s New 100% Clean Energy Policy

  • September 20, 2018

On September 10th, 2018, shortly before the Global Climate Action Summit kicked off in San Francisco, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 100,The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018. The bill received much attention for its two ambitious mandates: (1) accelerating the pace at which California’s investor-owned and publicly-owned electricity providers must achieve renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goals; and (2) establishing a state policy to provide 100% clean energy by December 31, 2045. Governor Brown also signed Executive Order…

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California Courts Refine the Limits of Ballot Power in Land Use Decisions

  • September 6, 2018

A pair of recent decisions have added new detail to the possibilities and limitations of ballot measures. In City of Morgan Hill v. Bushey, the California Supreme Court held that voters may use a referendum to invalidate a jurisdiction’s zoning amendment – even where it creates an inconsistency between the zoning ordinance and the general plan. In Ctr. For Community Action and Environ. Justice v. City of Moreno Valley, the 4th District restricted the scope of initiatives, holding that development…

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We’ve Grown!

  • August 24, 2018

Monchamp Meldrum LLP welcomes new members - partner Paula Kirlin and counsel Rob Taboada. We look forward to adding Paula's and Rob's breadth of experience and expanding on the excellent legal services we provide to our clients on our new platform. To read more about Paula and Rob, see our Team Page

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OPR Releases List of CEQA Exemptions Not Included Within CEQA

  • June 7, 2018

OPR released a useful technical advisory yesterday (June 6).  It  includes a list of all the projects that are statutorily exempt from review under CEQA based code provisions that are outside of the CEQA statute itself. Check it out here:  http://opr.ca.gov/docs/20180606-Tech_Advisory_CEQA_Exemptions.pdf

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