Creating another hurdle for the long-delayed 272-house La Vina development in the foothills of Altadena, an environmental group has again turned to an appellate court to stop the project.
The Friends of La Vina this week challenged a January decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien to dismiss their lawsuit against the project. O'Brien ruled that approval of the club was a political rather than a legal issue.
The suit, against the county and developers Coscan Davidson Homes, contends that an environmental impact report on the project was inadequate.
Kate Neiswender, an attorney for the environmental group, said the La Vina project calls for too many homes, that the county failed to closely scrutinize the environmental report and that no alternatives for the land were examined as required by state law.