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California Court of Appeal Rejects Citizens Group Nuisance Case Regarding Sea Lion Stench

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal concluded that the City of San Diego (City) could not be held liable for public nuisance associated with the stench created by sea lions because the City did not...more

City of San Diego Enacts Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

by Payne & Fears on

Another city has added to the burdens of doing business in California by passing its own paid sick leave and minimum wage requirements not always consistent with state law. On June 7, 2016, voters approved an ordinance...more

Implementing Ordinance Clarifies San Diego's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

by Allen Matkins on

On August 3, 2016, the San Diego City Council approved the Implementing Ordinance for San Diego's Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, which went into effect on July 11, 2016. The Implementing Ordinance designates an...more

San Diego City Council Amends Local Sick Pay Law

On July 26, the San Diego City Council ratified a minimum wage and sick pay ordinance approved by voters on June 7. Effective as of July 11, the ordinance imposes a citywide minimum wage rate and also obligates businesses to...more

Alert: City of San Diego Raises Minimum Wage, Requires Paid Sick Leave

by Cooley LLP on

On June 7, 2016, voters in the City of San Diego, California approved, by referendum, the San Diego City Council's minimum wage increase ordinance that had previously been vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The ordinance...more

San Diego Voters Approve Minimum Wage and Sick Pay Measure

Voters in the city of San Diego overwhelmingly supported a June 7 ballot measure that imposes a citywide minimum wage and also obligates businesses to provide sick pay benefits to employees. Employers with workforces in San...more

New Paid Sick Leave Laws in Los Angeles and San Diego Effective in July

by Lathrop Gage on

Just when you thought it was safe to finalize and distribute those 2016 California employee handbooks...not so fast! The City of Los Angeles is now implementing its own paid sick leave law (attached to the new city minimum...more

San Diego Voters Approve Ordinance to Raise Minimum Wage and Provide Paid Sick Leave

Voters in San Diego have approved an ordinance that would immediately raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour (up from the current $10 per hour) and boost the wage again in January 2017 to $11.50 per hour. Increases...more

Two San Diego Projects Moving Forward

by Nossaman LLP on

There are two interesting projects in San Diego County that are moving forward, both of which involve at least some use of eminent domain. The San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is proceeding in, not surprisingly, San...more

San Diego Minimum Wage and Sick Pay Ordinance Placed On June Ballot

San Diego City Council members voted on February 8 to place a sick pay and minimum wage ordinance on the June 7 ballot. If approved by voters, the ordinance would require an immediate local minimum wage rate increase...more

Real Estate and Land Use - January 2016

Using Project Objectives to Select a Reasonable Range of Alternatives - North Coast Rivers Alliance v. A.G. Kawamura (January 4, 2016) Third District Court of Appeal Case No. C072067 - Why It Matters: This opinion...more

Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Supreme Court Takes on CEQA Issue in State College Expansion Project - State agencies cannot declare mitigation infeasible for construction projects on the grounds that the California Legislature has not — and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastkeeper's suit against water agency dismissed - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 31: A San Diego superior court judge ruled against an environmental group on July 30, rejecting its...more

State Agencies Cannot Declare Mitigation of Project Impacts Infeasible Based Solely on the Lack of Legislative Appropriations

by Allen Matkins on

A public agency may not rely solely on a request to the Legislature to appropriate funding to mitigate a project's adverse environmental impacts and conclude that mitigation is infeasible because the funding cannot be...more

Antitrust Attack on NFL's LA Moves Faces Long Odds

Greenberg Glusker partner Ricardo Cestero was quoted in a story that ran in Law360 on July 21st about the National Football League’s proposed plan to move the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles. Fans of the Chargers urged the...more

Fourth District Upholds San Diego’s Balboa Park Revitalization Project Against Land Use Law And CEQA Challenges

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published decision filed May 28, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed that part of the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate and otherwise affirmed the judgment, thus upholding the City of San...more

Court Upholds Plan to Eliminate Vehicles from Balboa Park Complex

In Save Our Heritage Organisation v. City of San Diego, et al. (No. D063992, filed 5/28/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld a controversial plan to eliminate vehicles from various...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown, top lawmakers unveil emergency drought legislation: Los Angeles Times - Mar 19: Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties announced Thursday a $1 billion...more

Supreme Court Will Review CEQA Decision Invalidating SANDAG’s 2050 RTP

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On March 11, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) petition for review of the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San...more

Work Done Under Unchallenged CEQA Emergency Exemption Held Part Of Existing Environment Baseline In Subsequent CEQA Challenge To...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a decision filed January 29, and belatedly ordered published on February 18, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected numerous CEQA (and other) challenges to the City of San Diego’s regular, after-the-fact...more

SANDAG Seeks Review of CEQA Decision Invalidating EIR for Its Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On January 6, 2015, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) filed a petition asking the California Supreme Court to review the decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al. v. San Diego Association at...more

San Diego MPO's Analysis Of RTP's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rejected

by Nossaman LLP on

In a decision with implications for all transportation projects in California, the California Court of Appeal held that the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation projects in a metropolitan transportation...more

Real Estate and Land Use - December 2014

San Diego Regional Sustainable Strategies Plan Invalidated; SANDAG Has Requested Supreme Court Review - Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments (November 24, 2014) Fourth...more

County of San Diego’s Adopted Climate Action Plan Violates CEQA: Fails to Include Enforceable GHG Reduction Measures

Sierra Club v. County of San Diego (10/29/14, D064243) - On October 29, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision in favor of Sierra Club, agreeing that the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: State court may tighten review process for building super-sized homes - SFGate.com - Dec 8: In a case that could redefine the scope of California’s environmental laws, the state Supreme...more

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