Urban sprawl has been blamed for everything from vanishing farmland and dwindling wildlife to Baby Boomer obesity. Central Valley air pollution regulators are blaming it now for much of the region's persistently dismal air quality, and they have embraced a radical fix never before tried.
While a developer argues the private agreement impinges on city's police powers, the settlement that Rohnert Park signed to resolve a lawsuit over the city's general plan did not illegally abridge the city's police power, the First District Court of Appeal has ruled. >>read more
A decade-long effort to adopt a plan for protecting endangered species in the Coachella Valley is threatening to unravel, at least partially. Some cities that would be covered by the multiple species habitat conservation plan (MSHCP) appear hesitant to approve the plan because it could block large-scale development projects.
An unusual collection of more than 30 farm groups, environmental organizations and regulatory agencies has signed onto a California Rangelands Coalition, marking the first time that some of the entities have worked together. >>read more
It was a case of hopeless infatuation in 2001, when the City of Los Angeles finally landed a developer who was rich and optimistically cock-eyed enough to build that long-dreamed-of-but-never-consummated project, the convention center hotel. >>read more
Everybody in California is talking about form-based codes these days. Cities throughout the state are in the process of adopting these codes. The wave is growing so fast that form-based codes appear to represent a revolution in the making. >>read more
A lawsuit over an annual fire assessment on property owners in the Oakland hills has been revived by an appellate court. Overturning a Superior Court decision, the First District Court of Appeal ruled that the lawsuit should go forward because the City of Oakland did not provide for an adequate administrative appeal of the tax. >>read more