Kristina Lawson

Kristina Lawson

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Cal State University Cannot Avoid Off-Site Traffic Mitigation Payments Because the Legislature Failed to Approve Funds

City of San Diego v. Board of Trustees of the California State University - Why It Matters: The California Supreme Court has clarified language from its prior decision in City of Marina v. Board of Trustees of California...more

8/6/2015 - Appropriation CA Supreme Court CEQA Duty to Mitigate Environmental Impact Report Fair Share Contribution Mitigation State Agencies Universities

Neighbors’ Noise Complaints Trigger EIR

Keep Our Mountains Quiet v. County of Santa Clara - Why It Matters: The Sixth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s holding that preparation of an EIR was required for the approval of a use permit to allow...more

7/3/2015 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Land-Use Permits Mitigated Negative Declaration Noise Complaints Petition for Writ of Mandate

California Legislature Debating 2015 Climate Leadership Legislation

During his fourth inaugural address just three months ago, California Governor Jerry Brown announced an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change in California over the next 15 years. The groundbreaking plan...more

3/26/2015 - Air Pollution Climate Change Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

California’s New Energy Efficiency Challenge

California Governor Jerry Brown, sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. The Governor’s bold initiatives include a...more


Real Estate and Land Use - November 2014

Change of Heart – Court of Appeal Reverses Opinion in Bowman v. California Coastal Commission - Why it matters: The court in Bowman originally held that a permit condition could not be modified or deleted by a second...more

11/21/2014 - Appeals California Coastal Commission CEQA Coastal Real Estate Easements Environmental Impact Report Land-Use Permits Real Estate Development Subdivision

California Proposes Overhaul of Standards for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Last month Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released for public review and debate proposed draft amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s implementing guidelines (CEQA Guidelines)....more

9/30/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform Infrastructure Public Transit

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2014

Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. - Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative...more

8/22/2014 - Air Pollution Environmental Impact Report Environmental Liability Environmental Policies Land-Use Permits Real Estate Market

CEQA "Modernization"—Urgent End-of-Session Alert

We recently reported in our August 20, 2013, newsalert that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s August 6 amendments to SB 731, The CEQA Modernization Act of 2013, continued to stray further from meaningful CEQA...more

9/12/2013 - CEQA Environmental Claims Environmental Policies New Legislation

CEQA “Modernization”: Taking the Reform Out of CEQA Reform

Earlier this year, we reported on Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's CEQA modernization bill, SB 731. As the legislative session nears its end, SB 731 has again been amended - most recently on August 6 - and is...more

8/21/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies Proposed Legislation

CEQA Reform? What's In and What's Out with SB 731 (And What's Next...)

Lauded as the CEQA Modernization Act of 2013, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 731 includes a number of amendments to CEQA that appear intended to appeal to a wide variety of interest groups. SB 731 replaces...more

5/24/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform

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