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Legislature May Expedite CEQA Review for Transportation Projects Connected to 2028 Olympic Games - Bill Introduced in Advance of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a move that could have significant implications for Los Angeles’ efforts to prepare for the 2028 Olympics, California lawmakers recently introduced key legislation that would expedite California Environmental Quality Act...more

New Bill Aims to Streamline LA Olympics Transit Projects & Clippers Arena

by Nossaman LLP on

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, California lawmakers pitch a break from a key environmental law to help L.A. Olympic Bid, Clippers Arena, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 789 last week in an...more

California Court Upholds Environmental Impact Report for Golden State Warriors Arena - Ruling Finds That CEQA Doesn't Always...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California First District Court of Appeals issued its decision on Nov. 29, 2016, in Mission Bay Alliance v. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure et al. The Court of Appeals decision affirmed the July 18,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds National Indian Gaming Commission Not Required to Conduct NEPA Review Before Approving Casino Gaming Ordinance

by Nossaman LLP on

In Jamul Action Committee v. Chaudhuri, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when...more

10th Circ.: Permit Issuance Is Not State Action For Purposes of 14th Amendment

On April 19, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Wasatch Equality, et al., v. Alta Ski Lifts Company, et al., affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Forest Service, in...more

MassDEP and CZM Propose Changes to Chapter 91 Regulations

MassDEP and the Commonwealth’s office of Coastal Zone Management recently proposed draft changes to the Designated Port Area and Facility of Public Accommodation regulations under the Chapter 91 program. Comments are due by...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Senate approves landmark legislation to combat climate change: San Jose Mercury News - Jun 3: The California Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping package of climate change...more

Football and the Future of CEQA for Popular Projects

In quick succession, the Southern California cities of Inglewood and Carson have used the initiative process to approve new NFL football stadiums in bids to lure teams to new homes, bypassing review under the California...more

CEQA Review of Sacramento Kings Downtown Arena Project Held Legally Adequate In Published Third District Opinion

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published opinion filed February 18, 2015, the Third District Court of Appeal rejected all legal challenges to the City of Sacramento’s EIR and CEQA compliance for approval of its new downtown entertainment and sports...more

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face...more

Sacramento Kings – 2, Opponents – 0: Court Rules that the Downtown Arena Satisfies Environmental Review Requirements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In Saltonstall, et al. v. City of Sacramento, No. C077772 (Cal. Ct. App. 3rd Dist., Feb. 18, 2015), the Third Appellate District affirmed the judgment of the Superior Court in holding that the City of Sacramento did not...more

CEQA Year In Review 2014: A Summary Of Published Appellate Opinions And Legislation Under CEQA

by Perkins Coie on

In This Issue: - When Does CEQA Apply? - Exemptions from CEQA - Negative Declarations - Environmental Impact Reports - Certified Regulatory Programs - Supplemental CEQA...more

Court Blocks Opponents’ Shot at Halting New Kings Arena

by Perkins Coie on

The court of appeal recently upheld legislation modifying several deadlines for CEQA review of a project that includes a proposed new arena for the Sacramento Kings, rejecting a claim the statute violates separation of...more

Goodwin Procter and Boston Bar Association Host “Gaming in Massachusetts: Where Do We Go From Here?” Expert Panel

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Just nine days after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly supported a future for gaming in Massachusetts by rejecting an effort to repeal the state’s casino law, Goodwin Procter’s Gaming and Gambling Practice co-hosted an...more

Proposition 48: A North Fork in the Road for Tribal Casinos

by Lewitt Hackman on

Continuing our series on the 2014 California election ballot, we now turn to Proposition 48, the Referendum on Indian Gaming Compacts. If voters approve the referendum November 4th, Native American tribes may be able...more

Additional Environmental and Host Municipality Guidance on the New York RFA Process

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Revised guidance on the SEQRA process - 24-month time limit to begin upon conclusion of SEQRA review. SEQRA, or the State Environmental Quality Review Act, is a New York law mandating that projects receiving...more

"Over the River" and into the Legal Fray: Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Often critics comment on the technique, the style, the grandeur of a work of art, and the dramatic and arduous so-called "artistic process". Rarely, do we study or observe how art is shaped by legal and environmental...more

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