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Bussard v. City of Santa Rosa: First District Upholds Small Infill Project as Consistent With General Plan in Unpublished Opinion

In an unpublished opinion, Bussard v. City of Santa Rosa, the First District Court of Appeal upheld the City’s approval of a small infill housing project. (Case No. A148882, Feb. 6, 2018.) Project opponents argued that the development violated the Santa Rosa General Plan and the Santa Rosa City Code. The trial court denied the ...Read More

Little Hoover Commission Report on California Forests

The Little Hoover Commission released its report, “Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada.” In this report, the Commission recommends a series of actions to address the crisis surrounding California’s forests. Poor management policies that interrupted the natural and historical cycle of fire, combined with a changing climate, have left forests in California vulnerable to ...Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Frog Habitat Designation


The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Weyerhaeuser Company’s, a timber company, challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ decision to designate approximately 1,500 acres of private property in Louisiana as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The frog does not actually live on the property and the property as it currently ...Read More

California Legislation AB 1905: The Road to Construction without Environmental Roadblocks

Proposed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1905 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson aims to make it harder for lawsuits filed under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) to stop construction of roads and public transit. This legislation is specifically aimed at the road or transit projects that are included in state-approved regional growth plans. These projects have already ...Read More

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