Tag: Administrative Record

Agency May Take Over Preparation of the Record in a CEQA Case if the Petitioners Unreasonable Delays Preparing It

Where a petitioner in a CEQA case has elected to prepare the administrative record but unreasonably delays such preparation, the defendant agency may prepare the record itself and be awarded costs for doing so.  LandWatch San Luis Obispo Co. v. Cambria Comm. Serv. Dist., 25 Cal. App. 5th 638 (2018). LandWatch, a nonprofit organization, filed … Continue Reading

Attorney Neglect Not Grounds For Relief From Summary Judgment For Failure to Lodge Administrative Record

A party against whom summary judgment is entered as a result of attorney neglect may not seek relief under a statute that provides relief from a default judgment or dismissal resulting from attorney neglect. The Urban Wildlands Group, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, 10 Cal. App. 5th 993 (2017). The plaintiff challenged the City … Continue Reading

Pre-Approval Disclosures Between Agency and Applicant Waive Privileges In CEQA Cases.

The Fifth Appellate District has issued another in a series of decisions regarding administrative records in CEQA cases.  The court held that the “common interest doctrine” does not protect otherwise privileged communications shared by a developer and an agency prior to approval of a project because the two cannot be considered to be advancing any … Continue Reading