Case Studies & Examples / News

“Editorial: More changes to CEQA? Only if vetted in the open”

August 5, 2012 The Sacramento Bee “Gov. Jerry Brown has again raised the possibility of changes to the California Environmental Quality Act. That’s the sweeping 1970 state law that requires public and private developers to analyze the impacts of their projects, study alternatives and implement mitigation measures. CEQA is a powerful legal tool, and like the legal … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Education

“USC Sues Conquest Housing; Terrorist Reference Ups the Ante”

September 4, 2007 By jwilliams “In a startling, yet not entirely unexpected move, USC and developer Urban Partners have joined forces to sue the proverbial pants off of Conquest Student Housing. In an email we received earlier today, the case against Conquest was laid out quite succinctly: “Today, USC and Urban Partners filed a lawsuit against … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Mixed Use

“3rd Strike for General Growth Properties in Trying to Stop Competitive Entertainment/Retail Destination”

January 20, 2005 “Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien today upheld the City of Glendale’s approval of a town center to be developed by Caruso Affiliated and ruled that the Environmental Impact Report on which the city’s decision was based fully meets all requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Specifically the judge denied all … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Education / Housing / Mixed Use

“Firms turning to environmental law to combat rivals”

November 14, 2011 By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times “To halt a competing project near USC, Conquest Student Housing turned to a legal weapon that one of its co-owners allegedly compared to a crude bomb: cheap and destructive. Conquest owned 17 buildings that rented to USC students. When the developer Urban Partners proposed erecting a new … Continue reading