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Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2021 4th Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.
2020 CEQA UPDATE
To read the 2020 cumulative CEQA review, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/01/articles/ceqa/2020-ceqa-4th-quarter-review/
CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA

In Save Civita Because Sudberry Won’t v. City of San Diego (December 16, 2021) 2021 Cal.App. LEXIS 1055, the City of San Diego prepared an EIR for a project including a general plan amendment, community plan amendment, and a road design. Opponents sued, challenging the EIR on CEQA, Planning and Zoning law and due process grounds. The trial court ruled

Since 1970, the City of San Diego (the “City”) has gradually converted its overhead, wooden-pole utility systems to an underground system. Due to funding constraints, the City adopted a Utilities Undergrounding Program Master Plan (“Master Plan”) (2017) to manage selection and prioritization of underground projects. The portions of the City with overhead utility lines were designated as “blocks.” The City

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”) announced its annual filing fee increase for all California Environmental Quality Act environmental documents.  The filing fees will be effective starting January 1, 2022. For additional information see CEQA Environmental Document Filing Fees (ca.gov). The 2022 CEQA filing fees are listed below:

CEQA Document
Fees Effective
January 1, 2021
Fees Effective

In Protect Tustin Ranch v. City of Tustin (2021) 70 Cal.App.5th 951, Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco”) applied to the City of Tustin (the “City”) for a conditional use permit and design review approval to build a new 32-pump gas station project next to an existing Costco warehouse. The project site was located within an existing shopping center and surrounded by

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2021 3rd Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.
2020 CEQA UPDATE
To read the 2020 cumulative CEQA review, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/01/articles/ceqa/2020-ceqa-4th-quarter-review/
CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s September Environmental Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2021.

  • PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE
  • To read the 2021 Mid-Year Cumulative Environmental Action News Update, click here:

    https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/09/uncategorized/mid-year-cumulative-environmental-action-news-update/

  • SUPREME COURT
  • There is one case pending at the California Supreme Court. The case and the Court’s summary is

    Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s Mid-Year Cumulative Environmental Action News Update. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2021. Bolded titles indicate new updates.

  • PREVIOUS UPDATES
  • To read the June 2021 Environmental Action News post, click here:

    https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/07/articles/ak-news/june-environmental-action-news/

    To read the May 2021 Environmental Action News post, click here:

    https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/06/articles/ak-news/may-environmental-action-news/

    To read the

    Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s August Real Estate Law Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent real estate cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2021.

  • PREVIOUS UPDATE
  • To read the April 2021 Real Estate Action News post, click here:

    https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2021/04/articles/takings-inverse-condemnation/april-monthly-real-estate-law-action-news/

  • UPDATE
  • A. GENERAL REAL ESTATE
    *There are no new cases in this section at this time.*
    B.

    I.          Introduction.

    On June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court held in a 6-3 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, 592 U.S. ___ (2021) (Opinion), that a California regulation that grants labor organizations a “right to take access” to an agricultural employer’s property in order to