Category Archives: Land Use

Black Mesa Water Coalition v. Jewell: The Ninth Circuit Defines Co-Party Entitlement to Fees Under an Administrative Fee-Award Provision

By Collin McCarthy, GGU 3rd Year Law Student On January 26,2015, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on a question of first impression for the court: whether a party may recover fees under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act … Continue reading

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The California Fracking Law: Ignoring all Impacts until January 1, 2015

By Joseph Lounsbury, GGU 2014 JD In November 2013, Jayni Foley Hein, Executive Director for Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, wrote a blog discussing the passage of California’s first law regarding well stimulation, SB 4. In her blog, … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice, Land Use

A First: Critical Habitat Designated in San Francisco for Endangered Franciscan Manzanita

By Laura Horton, GGU Law Grad (2012), Wild Equity Institute Staff Attorney [Note, on occasion we like to let alumni post about interesting topics as they are working on several interesting environmental law issues and it shows the diversity of … Continue reading

Posted in Land Use, Urban Greenspace

SF Bay Area Battle Over Bird Nests

By Laura Horton, Wild Equity Institute Staff Attorney, GGU Law Grad (2012) Urban areas and migratory birds do not mix well. High tension wires, cars, feral cats, and most of all building windows are to blame for billions of bird … Continue reading

Posted in Land Use, Urban Greenspace

Prof. Ramo’s articles on recent environmental law cases in CEB’s Real Property Law Reporter

I have  short comments in CEB’s Real Property Law Reporter January 2012 edition.  They are: CEQA’s Slippery Slope of Performance Standards: Two Recent Cases Help (A Little) and Can Greenhouse Gas Polluters Be Sued for Damages Under Federal Public Nuisance … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Land Use

CEQA “PAPER WATER” AFTER WILD SANTEE ─ EVALUATION OF COURT-IMPOSED ESA LIMITS ON DIVERSIONS IN EIRS

Paul Stanton Kibel (Associate Professor and CUEL Co-Director, Golden Gate University School of Law) With its October 2012 ruling in Preserve Wild Santee v. City of Santee (Wild Santee), the California Court of Appeal issued a decision that may expand … Continue reading

Posted in Land Use, Work on Water

Prof. Ramo’s New Article on Environmental Justice and NEPA and CEQA Environmental Review

Posted by Prof. Ramo Given the push by industry groups to reform California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) statute (for example see yesterday’s column by two San Francisco Bay Area business groups) blog readers may want to read my newly published … Continue reading

Posted in Air and Environmental Justice, Land Use

CEQA cover’s impacts to environment; not environment’s impact to projects.

A new column by Prof. Ramo in San Francisco’s legal newspaper, The Recorder, addresses a line of cases under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) culminating in the Ballona case late last year which addressed whether a project need be … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Land Use

CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL SMART RAIL CEQA DECISION ─ RETHINKING BASELINE CONDITIONS IN LIGHT OF PROJECTED CLIMATE CHANGE

Paul Stanton Kibel, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) at Golden Gate University School of Law It is now well established that environmental impact reports (EIRs) prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Land Use

City Support of Urban Agriculture Stops Short of Potential to Decrease Rising Food Insecurity

By Luthien Niland, 3rd Year Law Student As city departments struggle to determine how to feed the tens of thousands of food insecure San Francisco residents, an amendment to the Planning Code passed under the radar of most San Francisco … Continue reading

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