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THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA.
The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment...more
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
Historically, most local economic development efforts, or regional efforts among a group of counties, have focused on business recruitment. These efforts have generally been focused on large business recruitment projects. ...more
Recently, in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Second Circuit”), in a 2-1 decision, reversed the lower court’s decision and ruled that...more
The Oxnard Union High School District began Eminent Domain procedures to acquire property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The property is required for construction of a right-turn lane for the new...more
In a published opinion, the First District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment granting a writ and held that a CEQA action filed by a citizens group against a community college district and its board of...more
Promises kept: we're starting to see the General Assembly narrow its focus as they promised before this Short Session convened in May. House and Senate calendars are stacked with similar bills including committee work and...more
The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 5, 2014. This will be the last session week until after the May 20 primary. Here’s what happened in Harrisburg this week:
Waterfront Development -
The Regents of the University of California (the "Regents"), on behalf of University of California, Merced ("UC Merced"), issued a Request for Qualifications today for the UC Merced 2020 Project (the "Project")....more
In Gurba v. Community H.S. Dist. 155, a McHenry County Circuit court judge ruled that a local high school district violated the law when it refused to subject itself to the local zoning process of its host municipality....more
In yet another unanimous decision handed down this morning, the Illinois Supreme Court has streamlined procedures to certify pollution control facilities by barring certain third party appeals....more
Diminished donations have led many faith-based organizations to become more creative about increasing revenue. Sometimes these organizations look beyond ordinary ministry functions to supplement income with unrelated...more
A school district board placed a large bond measure on the city ballot to fund projects at multiple schools in the district, including a project to erect stadium lighting at a high school. ...more
On November 27, 2012, a court of appeal ordered a city to correct the defects in a project description and alternatives discussion in a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) because the court concluded the city had...more
In this Issue:
- Key Cases
- Court Upholds Permitting, Licensing and Zoning Regulation of Spiritual Counselors
- Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains Denied Injunctive Relief for Statistical Imbalance in...more
Last February, at the request of Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed to address tax-related policy questions of import...more
In a case demonstrating the importance of a well-crafted statement of objectives, the appellate court held that a city erred in certifying a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) and approving a project because the EIR...more
With increased international investment, Miami-Dade County has seen a rebound in the real estate market, particularly with regard to residential projects in high-density areas in Miami's urban core and bayfront and beachfront...more
On September 25, 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that will allow the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to lease mineral rights under land owned by state universities. The bill had previously been...more
The Building Standards Commission ("BSC") recently initiated formal rulemaking and public review for portions of the 2012 triennial code update to the California Building Standards Code ("Code").
In City of Maywood v. Los Angeles Unified School District, 2012 DJDAR 9925 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a novel attorney fee case. The case arose out of a petition for a...more
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in May rejected a California community district’s attempt to review an air permit that was issued to a 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant that was being constructed a mile and a...more
AB 1903 (Buchanan and Hagman), as proposed, would suspend the ability of school districts to levy Level III developer fees. The bill is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, June 20 in the Senate Education...more
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law.
The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of...more
On Monday, April 23, 2012, the House will meet in pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. with no votes expected. On Tuesday, April 24, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for...more
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