Barbara Schussman

Barbara Schussman

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California Supreme Court Upholds Most Commonly Used CEQA Categorical Exemptions

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (March 2, 2015). The Court’s decision clears up some of the ambiguity that surrounded the...more

3/3/2015 - CA Supreme Court CEQA Environmental Impact Report Real Estate Development Substantial Evidence Standard

CEQA Year In Review 2014: A Summary Of Published Appellate Opinions And Legislation Under CEQA

In This Issue: - When Does CEQA Apply? - Exemptions from CEQA - Negative Declarations - Environmental Impact Reports - Certified Regulatory Programs - Supplemental CEQA...more

2/2/2015 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions New Legislation Regulatory Agenda

CEQA Year In Review 2013 - A Summary Of Published Appellate Opinions Under CEQA

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - The published court decisions in 2012 reflected a heightened recognition that CEQA does not require perfection, but rather a reasonable effort to provide environmental information that...more

1/7/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Impact Report Land Developers Urban Planning & Development

BLM Issues Revised Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a revised proposed rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking.” ...more

5/21/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Chemicals Disclosure Requirements Fracking Proposed Regulation

CEQA Reform: The Cure May Be Worse Than The Disease

According to the author’s April 23, 2013 press release, the amended version of Senate Bill 731 is a “comprehensive reform” of CEQA, “modernizing the law to aid California’s economic growth.” But a close review shows that the...more

4/30/2013 - Amended Legislation CEQA CEQA Reform Notice Requirements Public Transit Recordkeeping Requirements Renewable Energy Reporting Requirements Tolling

New CEQA Bill - Cure Or Band-Aid?

In response to a business community campaign calling for broad CEQA reform, Senate President Pro, California State Senator Tempore Darrell Steinberg, released his highly anticipated CEQA “modernization” bill (SB 731). So...more

2/26/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Impact Report Judicial Remedies Judicial Review Standing

CEQA Year In Review 2012

In This Issue: - Project Approvals Triggering CEQA ..Chung v City of Monterey Park (2012) 210 CA4th 394 ..Tuolumne Jobs and Small Business Alliance v Superior Court) 210 CA4th 1006 (petition for review pending,...more

1/3/2013 - Ballot Measures CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Greenhouse Gas Emissions Groundwater Permits Standing Statute of Limitations Tolling Wal-Mart

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