Case Studies & Examples / Housing / Mixed Use

“Held Up by Environmental Litigation, Playa Vista Finally Gets Its Own Downtown”

April 8, 2012 By Ryan Lue “After a hard-won legal battle, Los Angeles’ youngest coastal community can finally begin construction on its mixed-use downtown, report Roger Vincent and Martha Groves. Developers in Playa Vista, a young neighborhood just north of Los Angeles International Airport, spent the last eight years embroiled in a legal battle over … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Healthcare

“Citizens’ Group Forms to Support County Hospital Outpatient Project : Health: Organizers claim a private facility has misled the public in efforts to stop the new wing”

November 23, 1995 By CARLOS V. LOZANO “A Ventura County citizens’ group has formed to combat a campaign to block construction of a new outpatient wing at the county hospital. The primary goal of the group, which says it has 40 members from across the county, is to counter what it calls misleading statements by administrators … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Healthcare

“City’s Approval of a Hospital Expansion Project Did Not Violate CEQA or Local Ordinances”

July 29, 2011 By Andrea A. Matarazzo “The Second District Court of Appeal recently upheld approval of expansion plans for the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.  The City of Santa Clarita (“City”) approved a Master Plan to expand the hospital and medical office building facilities on the existing hospital campus.  Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Healthcare / News


January 11, 2012 By Rick Cole “When it comes to environmental issues, emotions often trump reasoned argument or sensible reform, especially in California. In Sacramento at our state capitol, real world impacts are abstracted into barbed soundbites. It’s the dialogue of the deaf as environmental advocates rally around our landmark California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / News / Transit

“The CEQA Streamlining “Slippery Slope” May Help Rail Transit”

January 18, 2012 By Ethan Elkind “Whenever proposals come along to exempt or streamline environmental review for certain projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), CEQA defenders fear the slippery slope. Even if the target projects are environmentally benign, the concern is that once the CEQA armor has been pierced, special interests will be … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“For CEQA, Project Commitment Is Still A Question Of Fact”

Posted on December 1, 2008 by Leslie Walker “On October 30, 2008, the California Supreme Court decided Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood (2008) 45 Cal.4th 116 (“Save Tara”) finding that CEQA was triggered by early agreements between a city and developer, even when the agreements were expressly conditioned upon later CEQA compliance. This case will act … Continue reading