Geoffrey Robinson

Geoffrey Robinson

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$9 Billion School Bond Measure Headed for November 2016 Ballot

Almost a decade has passed since California last authorized a statewide school bond to build new schools and modernize existing schools. There is currently a backlog of over $2 billion in K-12 projects awaiting state funding...more

9/21/2015 - Bonds Construction Industry Educational Institutions

Building Industry Seek U.S. Supreme Court Review of San Jose Affordable Housing Case

The California Building Industry Association has filed a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court seeking review of the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in California Building Industry Association...more

9/21/2015 - Affordable Housing CA Supreme Court California Building Industry Association (CBIA) City of San Jose Construction Industry Real Estate Development SCOTUS

Ninth Circuit Invalidates EPA Approval of Controversial Pesticide

In a major victory for beekeepers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has vacated the EPA’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, concluding that the approval was based on “flawed and limited data” regarding...more

9/16/2015 - Agricultural Land Appeals Dow Chemical EPA Farms Honeybees Pesticides Popular Toxic Chemicals

California Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument in Key CEQA Case

The California Supreme Court has announced that the oral argument in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District will take place on October 7, 2015, in San Francisco. The CBIA case...more

9/8/2015 - Air Quality Standards Bay Area Air Quality Management District CA Supreme Court California Building Industry Association (CBIA) CEQA Construction Industry Environmental Impact Report

Failure to Make Findings Specified in Mitigation Fee Act Requires Refund of All Unexpended Development Fees

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has upheld an order requiring refund of over $10 million in accumulated development impact fees because the City’s findings “were mere conclusions, not the specific findings required under...more

9/8/2015 - Beachfront Properties Construction Industry Impact Fees Parking Lots Urban Planning & Development

Court Rejects “Gotcha” Theory of Waiver Under Public Records Act

A California appellate court has ruled that inadvertent disclosure of documents containing attorney-client communications in response to a Public Records Act request does not result in a waiver of the privilege. Newark...more

8/24/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Communications Evidence Public Records Public Records Act School Districts

A State Agency’s Duty To Mitigate Significant Environmental Impacts Does Not Depend On A Legislative Appropriation Of Funds For...

The California State University system may not condition its funding of mitigation for off-site impacts of a campus expansion project on receipt of a legislative appropriation earmarked for that purpose, according to a...more

8/5/2015 - CEQA Educational Institutions Environmental Impact Report Fair Share Contribution Mitigation Universities University of California

Building Industry Challenges Public Art Requirements

The Building Industry Association of the Bay Area has filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California challenging the City of Oakland’s recent adoption of a public art ordinance on constitutional...more

7/31/2015 - Art Artists Bay Area California Building Industry Association (CBIA) Construction Industry Fifth Amendment First Amendment Injunctions Land Developers Local Ordinance Real Estate Development

If At First You Succeed, Don’t Try, Try, Try Again

The Fifth District Court of Appeal has confirmed that the 90-day statute of limitations under the Subdivision Map Act includes takings claims arising out of Map Act decisions. Honchariw_v._County_of_Stanislaus, No. F069145...more

7/29/2015 - Affordable Housing Attorney's Fees CA Supreme Court Inverse Condemnation Land Developers Real Estate Development Statute of Limitations Subdivision Subdivision Map Act Takings Writ of Mandamus

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

California Supreme Court Poised To Decide Key CEQA Questions: The Court’s Lineup For 2015

The California Supreme Court’s involvement in CEQA cases has been relatively limited since he statute’s enactment in 1970, with the court taking  review of at most one or two appellate court decisions a year.  The last two...more

1/6/2015 - Bay Area Air Quality Management District Building Permits CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions High-Speed Rail Interstate Commerce Judicial Review Mitigation Preemption Public Projects Railroads Real Estate Development Sierra Club

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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