Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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BB&K's Charity Schiller Discusses CEQA Baseline [Video]

Understand the current state-of-the-law for setting baseline conditions for long-term projects under CEQA....more

1/23/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies

Resurrecting the Departed: Legal Implications of Reintroducing Revived Species

The revival of animal species that have long been extinct is no longer limited to works of science fiction such as Michael Crichton’s thriller, Jurassic Park. In 2009, a Pyrenean Ibex was cloned from frozen tissue obtained...more

1/23/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings

Office of Planning and Research Seeks Input on Proposed Changes to State CEQA Guidelines - Deadline for Comments is 5:00 p.m. on...

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) recently released a preliminary list of topics and possible changes for inclusion in the 2014 update to the State CEQA Guidelines. The topics being considered can be found...more

1/6/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees

Filing Fees for CEQA Notices of Determination Increase Effective January 1, 2014 - Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has increased its filing fees for all CEQA Notices of...more

12/10/2013 - CEQA Department of Fish and Wildlife Filing Fees

Court of Appeal Rules on Lead Agencies' Ability to Delegate CEQA Decision-Making Authority

Government Bodies That Lack Authority to Approve Project Also Lack Authority to Certify Environmental Documents - Certifying an environmental impact report (EIR) for San Jose’s general plan was not a task properly...more

11/5/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report

Court of Appeal Addresses Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis Under CEQA

The Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its ruling Monday in Friends of Oroville v. City of Oroville. Finding an environmental impact report’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) analysis deficient, the court’s ruling...more

8/21/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Mitigation

State Supreme Court Makes Key CEQA Ruling Involving Baseline Analyses - Future Conditions Can Be Used as the Sole Baseline for...

In a victory for public agencies, the California Supreme Court today issued its much-anticipated ruling in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013). The Court held that, in...more

8/5/2013 - CEQA Environmental Claims Environmental Impact Report

Court Finds Public Interest In Meeting Renewable Energy Goals in California Outweighs Efforts To Preserve Agricultural Lands -...

In Save Panoche Valley v. San Benito County, the Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld the county’s approval of a 420-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant. The court found that the county had substantial evidence to support its...more

6/27/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Farms Renewable Energy Solar Energy Williamson Act

Local Legislative Bodies Must Expressly Agendize CEQA Documents - County Planning Commission Failed to Include Project-Related...

Overview: The California Court of Appeal recently held that the state’s open meeting law (the Brown Act) requires that, if a document under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) must be approved by a local...more

6/5/2013 - CEQA Disclosure Requirements Mitigated Negative Declaration Public Meetings Ralph M. Brown Act

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

5/7/2013 - CEQA CPUC Environmental Review Telecommunications

Court Upholds CEQA Exemption for Residential Development - Minor Project Tweaks and New Greenhouse Gas Thresholds Don’t Trigger...

In a recent case involving the California Environmental Quality Act, a state appellate court upheld a city’s decision to exempt from environmental review a residential development because it was consistent with a broader...more

4/4/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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