President’s weekly report — August 8, 2014

Environment — Victory in California Supreme Court The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court (Wal-Mart Stores).  There, after Tuolumne County voters submitted an initiative allowing a Wall-Mart store, the County adopted … Continue reading

Victory as California supreme court rules that CEQA does not apply to voter initiatives

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court handed down a win for citizen democracy in California, by ruling that local voter initiatives are not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act, even when they are adopted directly by a city … Continue reading

Put down the legislation, and step away from the property rights

When I posted about supporting farming on AgDay this week, I was thinking about the importance of protecting farmers’ property rights.  And maybe that legislatures should act to reduce the regulatory burdens farmers face.  On the other hand, some members … Continue reading

Cal Supremes take up important CEQA case

Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley.  The case concerns the scope of the single-family residence “categorical exemption” under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Pursuant to CEQA, an environmental impact report … Continue reading

California Supremes return to CEQA

Author:  Damien M. Schiff On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued an unanimous decision in Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).  The case concerned whether SCAQMD, the regional state air quality agency, had to prepare … Continue reading