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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A last-minute bill to streamline environmental review of a basketball arena proposed in Sacramento is drawing flak from three high-profile groups that support strict scrutiny. The gut-and-amend bill is a threat to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), according to Sierra Club California, the Planning and Conservation League and the Center for Biological Diversity. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has proposed legislation that would expedite judicial review of the project once an environmental impact report is done.
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April 18, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's route. The latest hold-up in the unusually lengthy review of the $5.3-billion oil pipeline almost certainly will push any decision until after the November midterm election, getting President Obama off a political hook. The White House has been pressed on one side by environmentalists who have turned opposition to the pipeline into a touchstone issue and on the other by conservative Democrats from energy-producing states who say approving Keystone XL would show the administration's commitment to job creation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court rejected a citizen group's challenge Monday of a planned light rail system from Culver City to Santa Monica, ruling that an environmental review provided the public with sufficient information. In a fractured decision, four members of the state high court found that the review should have contained an analysis of the project's near-term impact on traffic and air quality. Six of the seven justices nevertheless agreed the review was legally valid, and one justice would have rejected it. The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority approved the rail project even though the review of traffic and air quality impacts relied on a baseline of conditions in the year 2030.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when they chose a route that would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1990
Torrance officials decided Wednesday that a complete environmental review of the city's Cultural Arts Center is not needed, despite a lawsuit demanding that they conduct one. The five city staff members who make up the Environmental Review Board voted unanimously that an agreement to share parking with Epson Inc., which is completing its headquarters just north of the future arts center, resolves any environmental problems that the arts project might cause.
NEWS
March 18, 1990
The city failed to conduct proper environmental reviews of a developer's application to subdivide parcels of foothill land flanking her single-family home, a homeowner charged in a lawsuit filed last week in Pomona Superior Court. Developer Everett Hughes submitted separate applications for the subdivisions: one in 1987 to create a 32-lot subdivision on 72 acres, and the other in 1989 to subdivide a 2.7-acre lot into five residential lots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- A state lawmaker has proposed the same special treatment for rail projects in California that the Legislature has given to developers of a proposed NFL stadium in Los Angeles and to some renewable-energy projects. Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) introduced such a measure as the Legislature began its new year this week, saying it would "create thousands of desperately needed jobs and give commuters and residents environmentally sound transit options as alternatives to sitting in stopped traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Worried about a possible end run, 72 environmental groups are calling on state lawmakers to require a football stadium being considered for downtown Los Angeles to undergo a full study of its effects on traffic, noise and air pollution. Just months after the Legislature waived environmental laws for an NFL stadium proposed for the City of Industry, the groups are demanding that lawmakers not to do the same for a stadium being talked about by the Anschutz Entertainment Group near its Staples Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
California's bullet train authority and representatives of the Brown administration are exploring ways to relax environmental review procedures on the massive project to help meet a tight construction schedule, The Times has learned. Major environmental groups confirm they have been in discussions with state officials about some type of relief from possible environmental challenges to the project, which is falling behind schedule and risks losing federal funding if it must conduct new reviews of construction and operational effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1993
Rejecting a homeowner group's challenge, a Superior Court judge has upheld the adequacy of an environmental review by the city of Los Angeles of the Warner Ridge project in Woodland Hills. In his ruling, Judge Robert O'Brien rejected the arguments of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization that the city did not fairly and independently weigh the environmental impacts of the 690,000-square-foot project before granting various land-use approvals for it.
OPINION
September 11, 2013 | By Lisa Schweitzer
Over the last few weeks, the California High-Speed Rail Authority both lost and won fairly significant battles. It lost when a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that its proposed funding plan violated the voter-approved law, Proposition 1A, that created the agency. The judge has set a hearing to give the state a chance to show that it can comply with the law and environmental reviews. The state scored a victory when it was decided that the Federal Surface Transportation Board has jurisdiction and would subject the project to federal environmental review rather than California's version.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A last-minute bill to streamline environmental review of a basketball arena proposed in Sacramento is drawing flak from three high-profile groups that support strict scrutiny. The gut-and-amend bill is a threat to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), according to Sierra Club California, the Planning and Conservation League and the Center for Biological Diversity. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has proposed legislation that would expedite judicial review of the project once an environmental impact report is done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court rejected a citizen group's challenge Monday of a planned light rail system from Culver City to Santa Monica, ruling that an environmental review provided the public with sufficient information. In a fractured decision, four members of the state high court found that the review should have contained an analysis of the project's near-term impact on traffic and air quality. Six of the seven justices nevertheless agreed the review was legally valid, and one justice would have rejected it. The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority approved the rail project even though the review of traffic and air quality impacts relied on a baseline of conditions in the year 2030.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court refused Monday to hold up extension of the Expo Line to Santa Monica for further review. The state high court's fractured decision was a loss for a group of homeowners associations that had argued the project's environmental impact report failed to comply with state law. The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority approved the rail line from Culver City to Santa Monica even though the review of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Redondo Beach will press forward with a planned $300-million makeover of its harbor and pier area, the first effort in years to reenergize the ailing waterfront district. The city will launch a lengthy environmental review of the proposed revitalization and extend its exclusive agreement with Centercal, the developer that hopes to bring a movie theater, boutique hotel and new restaurants and shops to the 15-acre waterfront. Since a crippling winter storm in 1988 and a failed redevelopment effort, crowds along the pier and the harbor-front have thinned.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The city of Cupertino released Thursday a massive environmental impact review on Apple's proposed new campus that's a keystone of the review process. The document does not take an official position on Apple's proposal. Rather, it attempts to evaluate Apple's planned campus across criteria such as traffic and air quality. The review is mandated by state law. "This represents the next step on what will be a series of steps in the public review process," said Rick Kitson, Cupertino's director of public and environmental affairs.  STORY: Apple will outgrow new campus in Cupertino before it's built The EIR compares the impact of Apple's plan against several scenarios, such as not building anything, building less or building in a different configuration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A cautious City Council suspended an environmental review of two Mesa Drive sites being considered for a proposed 4-million-gallon water tank Wednesday, prompting opponents to criticize what some considered inaction. "The decision is a political decision that lets them avoid the issue until [October] 18th," said Mesa Drive resident Vern Simmen. On Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday urged Caltrans to move quickly to build a controversial freeway interchange at Valley Circle Boulevard and the Ventura Freeway because state highway officials have expressed doubts about the $35-million project. Spurred on by Councilwoman Joy Picus, lawmakers reaffirmed the city's longstanding support for the Caltrans project, which is now under legal attack by local homeowner groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The leader of the state Senate won bipartisan support Wednesday for a bill that would streamline California's environmental laws. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said his measure, which heads next to the Assembly for consideration, is a “work in progress” but said it begins the process of making environmental laws more reasonable. The existing California Environmental Quality Act is  “is a great statute” but “is due for an update after 40 years on the books,” Steinberg told his colleagues before the 39-0 vote to approve SB 731. The bill would allow projects to move forward without duplicative evaluation if they are consistent with local specific plans that have already undergone environmental review.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by failing to conduct an environmental review before ordering a Northern California oyster farmer to shutter his operation, attorneys for the farmer told a federal appeals court panel here Tuesday. In a case that has become a cause celebre across the political spectrum, oysterman Kevin Lunny had been ordered to close the farm late last year when his lease to operate within Point Reyes National Seashore expired. Closing Lunny's Drakes Bay Oyster Co. would make way for the first marine wilderness area on the West Coast at Drakes Estero, an environmentally sensitive area home to a large population of harbor seals.
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