Procedural victory in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach & California Coastal Commission

Good news. We obtained a victory this week in our lawsuit challenging the City of Solana Beach’s unlawful restrictions on seawalls and coastal homeowners’ property rights. The City and the Commission filed demurrers to our complaint, asserting that our case … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 13, 2015

Property Rights — Coastal project victory We had another fine preliminary victory against the California Coastal Commission in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach and California Coastal Commission.  Here, we are challenging a local coastal plan adopted by the … Continue reading

California Coastal Commission denies petition

Last Friday, the California Coastal Commission denied our petition, submitted on behalf of the Beach & Bluff Conservancy, to repeal the Commission’s after-the-fact permit fee regulation.  The Commission concluded that charging presumptively five times, and in no case less than … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 12, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission The California Coastal Commission has never been happy with our 1987 victory in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission where the United States Supreme Court held that its practice of demanding exactions in exchange for … Continue reading

California Supreme Court takes PLF’s seawall case

Today, the California Supreme Court granted PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission.  The supreme court’s grant means that the court of appeal’s decision in favor of the Commission is vacated, and the case will be set for … Continue reading

California Coastal Commission schedules hearing on PLF’s petition

We received word this week that the California Coastal Commission has scheduled a hearing next Friday, December 12, to hear our rule rescission petition.  That petition, filed on behalf of the Beach & Bluff Conservancy, contends that the Commission’s after-the-fact … Continue reading

Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and realtors ask supreme court to hear PLF’s seawall appeal

This week, a wide and diverse array of California constituencies filed compelling letters in support of PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, which currently is pending before the California Supreme Court. … Continue reading

Landowners to Coastal Commission: no more punitive permit fees!

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation submitted a petition to the California Coastal Commission requesting the rescission of that agency’s after-the-fact permit fee regulation.  The petition, filed on behalf of the Beach and Bluff Conservancy (a coastal landowners organization), argues that the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 24, 2014

Property Rights – Victory in San Francisco! In Levin v. City and County of San Francisco, the federal district court struck down the Tenant Relocation Ordinance as an unconstitutional taking.  The ordinance required property owners who wished to remove units … Continue reading