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

PLF scores victory for property owners in suit against Coastal Commission

Today, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision ruling in favor of PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its years-long battle against the California Coastal Commission. The case involves the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the Commission demanded as … Continue reading

Seawall and staircase decision draws local outcry

Over the weekend, San Diego journalist, Thomas K. Arnold, penned a stinging rebuke of the 2-1 court of appeal decision in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, which threatens bluff-top homeowners’ property rights—including the right to protect their homes with seawalls. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 19, 2014

Contract rights — adverse New Mexico decision The New Mexico Supreme Court issued this adverse decision in First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum.  Here, the church entered into a standard contract with Yates, which specified that until the … Continue reading

Re-cap of argument in San Diego seawall appeal

Yesterday, I argued Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.  As I explained last week, the appeal centers on the Commission’s refusal to allow two families to rebuild a shared, private staircase down to … Continue reading

Has the California Coastal Commission read Koontz?

Evidently not.  This week the Commission is meeting in Ventura, California, and one of the items it’s considering is a request from the City of Ventura to change the zoning on a few undeveloped coastal parcels, to accommodate a possible … Continue reading

Coastal Commission bill garners criticism

Last year the California Coastal Commission suffered a major legislative defeat when AB 976—which would have given the Commission broad authority to levy administrative penalties without having first to go to court to prove a violation—failed to pass.  We’ve also … Continue reading