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Court of Appeal Finds Caltrans Omitted Material Necessary to Informed Decision Making by Failing to Include a Threshold of...

In Lotus v. Department of Transportation (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 645, a California Court of Appeal found that Caltrans omitted material necessary to informed decision-making and informed public-participation when it failed to...more

CEQA Requires CalTrans’ EIR to Separately Analyze Significance of Highway Project’s Impacts on Protected Old Growth Redwoods’ Root...

In a partially-published opinion filed January 30, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal, Division 3, reversed the trial court’s judgment denying a writ petition, and held that Caltrans must correct certain deficiencies in...more

Caltrans EIR Analysis of Impacts to Redwoods Found Inadequate

In Trisha Lee Lotus v. Caltrans (Jan. 30, 2014), the First District Court of Appeal reversed a Humboldt County Superior Court decision, and ruled that a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) environmental impact...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 18, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA Rules on Gas Emissions - New York Times - Oct 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection...more

Caltrans to Finally Sell Those Homes it Purchased 50+ Years Ago for the 710 Freeway

More than 50 years ago, Caltrans purchased roughly 500 homes under threat of eminent domain within the planned right-of-way for the anticipated construction of the I-710 freeway (linking Monterey Park to Pasadena). That...more

California Rewarded for Keeping Transportation Projects on Track

Caltrans just announced that California will be receiving $155 million in extra funding for launching its new construction projects before federal deadlines. Caltrans will receive about $97 million of that award, with local...more

Shortlist Announced for Caltrans and Metro ARTI Project

On September 10, 2013, the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), announced the shortlist for the Accelerated Regional...more

Caltrans and Metro Issue Request for Qualifications for the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project

The California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), issued on May 31, 2013 a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for teams...more

From One End of the US to the Other, Project Finance Magazine Recognizes P3 Projects as Deals of the Year

On March 7, Project Finance Magazine held its annual “Project Finance Americas Deals of the Year” awards dinner in New York City. The awards – which started 14 years ago – are for innovation, deal repeatability, best...more

Interesting Valuation Dispute in Caltrans Eminent Domain Battle

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the owner of Silveira Ranch are involved in an interesting valuation dispute stemming from Caltrans' acquisition of part of the ranchland needed for Highway 101...more

Perfect Storm for CEQA Reform In 2013? Former Govs Weigh In

Hot on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address, which raised the need for CEQA reform (as noted in my immediately-preceding blog post), a trio of former California governors has echoed and...more

More Infrastucture Coming Your Way California

As we mentioned in our recent 2012 Eminent Domain Year in Review, we've seen a boom of infrastructure projects in California -- a trend we expect to continue into the near future. So what exactly are we talking about? ...more

You Can Receive Compensation for Goodwill IF...

The Court has once again reminded us that it takes its role as gate keeper seriously. This week, in an unpublished case, the Court of Appeal issued a decision that serves as a not-so-gentle reminder that business owners are...more

Winery Which Has Plans For Pricy Premium Wine, But Has Not Yet Turned a Profit, Has No Compensable “Goodwill” When Land and Vines...

A winery which planned to increase sales revenues by developing a flagship estate cabernet wine using grapes grown on its own vineyard land, but has never been profitable in the past, does not have a claim for compensation...more

Court Decision on Loss of Goodwill Results in Sour Grapes for Business Owners

California is one of only a few states in which a business may recover for loss of goodwill when property is taken by eminent domain, but even here there are limitations on a business' right to recover for such damages. ...more

Things Are Getting HOT on Los Angeles Freeways

On Saturday November 10, the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) converted the I-110 Harbor Transitway lanes (“ExpressLanes”) from High...more

I Saw the Sign, and It . . . Was Taken Down?

Those don't quite sound like the lyrics to the early-90's popular Ace of Base hit, "The Sign." But they likely describe the situation of many travelers on the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles thanks to a recent California Court...more

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