Carissa Beecham

Carissa Beecham

Stoel Rives LLP

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Is It Historical Under CEQA? Court Confirms Substantial Evidence Remains the Standard

Citizens for the Restoration of L Street v. City of Fresno, et al., No. F066498,(Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist., August 28, 2014) - In a two-part opinion, the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment...more

9/8/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies Historic Preservation Historical Landmarks Substantial Evidence Standard

Financial Infeasibility of CEQA Alternatives Determined By Reasonably Prudent Person

In SPRAWLDEF et al. v. San Franscisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, et al. (“SPRAWLDEF”)(certified for publication 5/28/2014), the First Appellate District reversed the trial court’s decision and held the San...more

6/5/2014 - CEQA Conservation Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies

Failure to Comply With LAFCO Procedural Requirements Proves Fatal to CEQA Suit

In Protect Agricultural Land v. Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission (filed January 28, 2014) (“Protect Agricultural Land”), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed judgment on the pleadings in favor of the...more

2/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Liability Environmental Policies

Vapor Intrusion Risk Insufficient to Trigger EIR for Urban Infill Project

In Parker Shattuck Neighbors, et al. v. Berkeley City Council, et. al. (First Appellate District, December 30, 2013) (“Shattuck Neighbors”), the court upheld the City of Berkeley’s approval of a mitigated negative declaration...more

1/15/2014 - CEQA Construction Workers Contaminated Properties Environmental Impact Report Groundwater Land Developers Mitigated Negative Declaration Real Estate Market Vapor Intrusion

Appellate Court Requires Calculation of Current Emissions in GHG Analysis Under CEQA

In Friends of Oroville, et al. v. City of Oroville, et al. (“Friends of Oroville”) (filed and published in part on August 19, 2013), the Third District Court of Appeal partially reversed the trial court in finding that the...more

8/23/2013 - Carbon Emissions CEQA Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Appellate Court Issues Significant Opinion Regarding CEQA Administrative Records and the Common Interest Doctrine

In Citizens for Ceres v. The Superior Court of Stanislaus County, City of Ceres, et al., (filed and published in part by the Fifth Appellate District on July 8, 2013), the petitioner in a CEQA lawsuit sought relief from the...more

7/12/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Common-Interest Privilege Records Request

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