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California Natural Resources Agency Releases Additional Proposed Revisions to CEQA Guidelines

July 2018 The California Natural Resources Agency has released another round of proposed revisions to the CEQA Guidelines. The draft changes to the guidelines were originally published in January 2018 and followed by public hearings in March 2018. Th… Read More
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Firm Highlighted as Leader in Cannabis Permitting and Regulatory Compliance

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP has been recognized in a recent article by The Recorder (available here) as a leader in obtaining local cannabis land use entitlements and state licenses.  The firm has applied its land use expertise… Read More
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Court Holds That Stipulated Compliance Orders Do Not Require CEQA Review

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation v. County of San Diego (2017) Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6988 In an unpublished decision of interest to quarry operators, California’s Fourth Appellate District held that San Diego County did not need to perfor… Read More
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Please Note Our New Address

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP has a new address: 2801 T Street Sacramento, CA 95816 All firm phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. Please call (916) 382-4377 or email info@hthjlaw.com with any questions. Read More
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Court Upholds Use Of Deed Restrictions As An Enforceable Method of Protecting Mitigation Lands

Sierra Club v. County of San Benito (2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 1987) In Sierra Club v. County of San Benito, a California court upheld the county’s use of a deed restriction, rather than insisting upon a conservation easement, as a mechanism to ensure t… Read More
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Grading Permit Ruled a Ministerial Act Beyond CEQA Although Limited Exercise of Discretion

Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma (2017) Cal. App. LEXIS 375 In Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma, a California court declined consider the issuance of a grading permit to be an act subject to CEQA, despite that the ordinance gave County officials a degr… Read More
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Court Upholds CEQA Baseline Set By Historical Levels Of Refinery Operation

In an unpublished decision, Communities for Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, California’s Second Appellate District upheld the decision of an air district to issue a negative declaration for a project that expanded… Read More
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Court Upholds CEQA Baseline that Recognizes Fluctuating Economic Conditions

COURT UPHOLDS CEQA BASELINE THAT RECOGNIZES FLUCTUATING ECONOMIC CONDITIONS North County Advocates v. City of Carlsbad (2015) — Cal.App.4th — In 2010, the California Supreme Court’s opinion in Communities for a Better Environment v. Sou… Read More
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California Supreme Court Clarifies "Unusual Circumstance" Exception to Categorical Exemptions under CEQA

Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley 2015 WL 855725 In a widely anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court has overturned the First District Court of Appeals decision in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley (2012)… Read More
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California Appellate Court Holds That Governor is Not a "Public Agency" Under CEQA

California’s Third District Court of Appeal confirmed – perhaps to no-one’s great surprise – that California’s Governor is not a “public agency” whose decisions are subject to CEQA review. Read More
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