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Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

Legislature Passes Arena Bill

Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 743 (“SB 743”) on September 27, 2013. The bill amends the Public Resources Code to streamline the environmental review for the new downtown arena in Sacramento and eliminate...more

High Court Tackles CEQA Future Baselines In Neighbors For Smart Rail Decision

In a much-anticipated decision filed August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court held that CEQA requires a lead agency to assess a project’s environmental impacts against an “existing conditions” baseline – and consequently...more

Unusual Circumstances: California Supreme Court Upholds Limited Use of Future Conditions Baseline Under CEQA

On August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a split decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, et al. The court held that a lead agency may choose to avoid using an...more

CEQA Baseline Analysis: Future Conditions Baseline Should Be The Exception Not The Rule When Agency Reviews Environmental Impacts,...

In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (filed August 5, 2013) (“Neighbors”), a majority of the California Supreme Court justices announced a new rule regarding the baseline agencies may...more

Supreme Court Allows Future Conditions to Be Used as the Baseline Under Limited Circumstances

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013, S202828) __ Cal.4th __(“Neighbors”). What is the baseline against which environmental impacts are measured? There has been...more

California Supreme Court Redefines “Baseline” Under California Environmental Quality Act

The California Supreme Court has both resolved a split in the appellate courts and forged new law on the baselines agencies may use to assess projects’ environmental effects under CEQA. ...more

Like Athena From the Head of Zeus: Neighbors for Smart Rail Authorizes Future Baselines in CEQA Review

A new California Supreme Court decision, Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, authorizes reliance on anticipated future conditions as the “baseline” for evaluating impacts of long-term...more

Break Out the Crystal Ball—But Only If You Have the Evidence to Support It: California Supreme Court Affirms Agency Discretion to...

In a highly anticipated decision published today, the California Supreme Court affirmed that the use of a future baseline for analyzing certain environmental impacts is appropriate when supported by substantial evidence. The...more

CEQA Streamlining Under California Bay Area's "Plan Bay Area"

On March 2, 2013, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released the Draft Plan Bay Area (Plan), the California Bay Area's first integrated land use, housing and...more

A Technical (Yet Influential) Step Toward Building More While Driving Less: S.B. 375’s Regional Targets Advisory Committee Issues...

This week the reach of A.B. 32, California’s pioneering greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill, inched one step further toward the heavily guarded terrain of California’s development and driving patterns. On Tuesday, a...more

Land Use Alert: SB 375: How Will California's New Anti-Sprawl Law Impact Future Development In The State?

On September 30, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 375. In doing so, he stated that the legislation "constitutes the most sweeping revision of land use policies since Governor Ronald Reagan signed the California...more

Green Building Update - June 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Critics argue LEED in Neighborhood Development is hurting affordable housing *Green Building Focus ..Wachovia Capital Markets' The Greening of America *Green Building movement gaining momentum in...more

Green Building Update

IN THIS ISSUE: *California proposes a global-warming fee on businesses *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..A guide to Green Building Leases *Pasadena raises standard for 'green' buildings *USGBC commits additional $1 Million to...more

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