Property owners who acted illegally by blocking parking on a public street fronting their houses were not entitled to use the County’s alleged noncompliance with CEQA as a defense to actions enforcing encroachment laws.  Anderson v. County of Santa Barbara, 94 Cal.App.5th 554 (2023).

Property owners in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County

Concluding that it was a “near certainty” that the Stratford Public Utility District (SPUD) failed to comply with CEQA when it granted an easement for a water pipeline, the appellate court vacated an order denying a preliminary injunction that would have halted construction and operation of the pipeline, and ordered the trial court to reconsider.

The Ninth Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to study only the project and the no action alternative in an EIS for a new passenger terminal. However, the court found the FAA violated NEPA by failing to account for the combined noise that could result from the simultaneous operation of different types of construction

A court addressed the City of Clovis’ repeated failures to accommodate lower-income housing needs. Disagreeing with the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD’s) determination that the City’s Housing Element complied with Housing Element Laws, it held the City failed to meet minimum density requirements for certain housing sites and remanded for further proceedings under

Southern California Edison Company (SCE), a privately-owned public utility, sought to condemn an easement across existing roads on private property in order to service its existing overhead transmission lines.  It obtained an order of prejudgment possession, which the landowner challenged.  The court held that SCE had the power to condemn, that it was not required

Another court of appeal has held that local special taxes adopted by a citizen-sponsored initiative do not require two-thirds voter approval.  Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A157983 (1st Dist., Jan. 27, 2021, as modified Feb. 22, 2021).

In June 2018, 51 percent of San Francisco voters passed

Another court of appeal has held that local special taxes adopted by a citizen-sponsored initiative do not require two-thirds voter approval.  City of Fresno v. Fresno Building Healthy Communities, No. F080264. (5th Dist., Dec. 17, 2020).

In 2018, Fresno voters approved Measure P, a citizen-sponsored initiative that imposed a tax to fund improvements