Sean Matsler

Sean Matsler

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Real Estate and Land Use - September 2015

Substance Over Form—A Refreshing Application of CEQA Analysis: City of Irvine v. County of Orange (2015) 283 Cal.App.4th 526 - Why It Matters: The Court of Appeal in City of Irvine v. County of Orange elaborated...more

9/4/2015 - Abuse of Process CEQA Conversion Environmental Impact Report General Plan Mobile Homes Open Meetings Act Public Hearing Public Meetings Ralph M. Brown Act Subdivision

Real Estate and Land Use: Party On...

Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 1012 - Why It Matters: Woody’s Group establishes a very low threshold to prove a decision maker’s unacceptable probability of actual bias, thereby...more

5/2/2015 - Appeals Bias City Councils Conditional Use Permit County Planning Commissions Due Process

Real Estate and Land Use - October 2014

Accepting a Permit “Under Protest” Does Not Work in the Coastal Zone - (Lynch v. California Coastal Commission (2014) 229 Cal. App. 4th 658): Why it matters: Lynch v. California Coastal Commission firmly dispels the...more

10/17/2014 - California Coastal Commission CEQA Coastal Real Estate Construction Permits Deeds Energy Projects Environmental Impact Report Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Historical Landmarks Municipalities Wind Farm

Citizens for a Green San Mateo v. San Mateo County Community College District

Why it matters: The 30 day statute of limitations for CEQA challenges was upheld to bar litigation alleging that a project, as constructed, was different from how that project was described in the CEQA document....more

7/22/2014 - CEQA Environmental Claims Statute of Limitations Trees

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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