The California courts continued to be active in considering CEQA cases during the third quarter of 2011, with 11 decisions summarized in this Update. The decisions include a significant ruling from the California Supreme Court regarding the extent to which CEQA applies to agency decisions to ban plastic bags. In addition, a court upheld the greenhouse gas emissions analysis in an environmental impact report for a new hospital, holding that the EIR was not required to consider every single mitigation measure on the Attorney General’s recommended list of such measures. There are also two lengthy decisions evaluating EIR analyses of cultural resources and other impacts, one upholding the analysis and another rejecting it.
CASES IN THIS ISSUE:
Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach
Del Cerro Mobile Estates v. City of Placentia
Clover Valley Foundation v. City of Rocklin
Silverado Modjeska Recreation District v. County of Orange
Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment v. City of Santa Clarita
Edna Valley Watch v. County of San Luis Obispo
Coalition for a Sustainable Future in Yucaipa v. City of Yucaipa
Schenck v. County of Sonoma
Ross v. California Coastal Commission
Madera Oversight Coalition, Inc. v. County of Madera
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary v. Golden State Water Co.
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