PLF asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that there is no “legislative exception” to the unconstitutional conditions doctrine

On Friday, PLF attorneys filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, 616 Croft Ave, LLC v. City of West Hollywood. The petition asks the Court to review a California Court of … Continue reading

CCC tries to conveniently forget Supreme Court precedent

According to the California Coastal Commission staff, any permit where public access has not been granted can be automatically appealed on the grounds that California likes public access. A standard that weak is no standard at all, and certainly not … Continue reading

PLF petition seeks review of West Hollywood’s extortionate “affordable-housing” scheme

Earlier today, PLF attorneys filed the reply brief in 616 Croft Ave, LLC v. City of West Hollywood. As you may recall, this case arose from the City’s demand that husband and wife entrepreneurs Shelah and Jonathan Lehrer-Graiwer pay a … Continue reading

West Hollywood punishes developers for building houses

One thing that nearly all Californians agree on is that the price of housing in this state is too high. The relentlessly rising prices are unmistakable evidence of a housing shortage: not enough homes are built to meet the rising … Continue reading

Marin County and the California Coastal Commission overreaching with Local Coastal Program amendments

The voluntary preservation of agricultural lands is a noble goal. Forcing landowners into government-run conservation efforts against their will, however, is something else entirely. And a desire to conserve pastoral farmland doesn’t excuse government from following the laws and constitutions … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court set to conference on shoreline exaction scheme

Almost a century ago, Justice Holmes famously warned that “We are in danger of forgetting that a strong public desire to improve the public condition is not enough to warrant achieving the desire by a shorter cut than the constitutional … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — August 14, 2016

Property rights — California Supreme Court rules on compensation issues Complaint filed in extortionate low-income housing demand Ancient custom of beach driving? Sign ban repealed Endangered species and the green sturgeon Shoreline buffer exactions challenge at the Supreme Court WOTUS … Continue reading

Washington state exaction scheme before the U.S. Supreme Court

San Juan County’s scheme to force shoreline property owners into dedicating water treatment buffers is now pending on a certiorari petition with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County. As you may recall, … Continue reading

PLF scores an important property rights win at the California Supreme Court

It’s no secret that California courts have been rather adventurous in finding ways around the rule that a permit condition must relate in both size and scope to development impact the condition is designed to mitigate. The nexus and proportionality … Continue reading

ABA panel discussion on affordable housing

On Thursday evening, I will appear on a panel discussion—“The Housing Crunch in Desirable Cities – Planning Alternatives and Legal Consequences”—as part of the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco.  Moderated by Nadia Costa of Miller Starr Regalia, … Continue reading