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

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