A developer whose project was the subject of a California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit is not entitled to attorneys fees for helping a city defend the suit, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled.
In a stunning trial court ruling, the California Coastal Commission was declared an unconstitutional agency. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Charles Kobayashi ruled that the commission's composition violated the separation of powers doctrine because the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Rules Committee appoint eight of the twelve commission members.
Despite what Ralph Nader claimed, the differences between Al Gore and George W. Bush on environmental issues were stark. Those contrasts have become even more vivid during Bush's first few months in office. However, Bush appears likely to continue the Clinton Administration's support for Habitat Conservation Plans as a way of managing endangered species issues.
Long considered a poor stepchild in Orange County, Santa Ana is working to turn around its image. The city is pressing forward with downtown redevelopment efforts, and the midtown Civic Center continues to cement its position as a center of government. The city recently landed the first Mexico Trade Center, beating out Los Angeles and San Diego for the office. And business leaders have undertaken a "branding" campaign that they hope to convert into a major marketing effort.
A new method of awarding state funding for school construction projects under Proposition 1A appears to be favoring urban districts at the expense of suburban and rural districts. The change has satisfied, for now, a number of ethnic and anti-poverty groups that had sued over an earlier state funding method. However, the change has angered many school districts, about 110 of which have sued the State Allocation Board.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has overturned eight amendments that the Wilson administration made to the Guidelines for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act. And although Judge Ronald Robie had not issued a final judgment as of late May, sources said his decision was unlikely to be appealed.