Monthly Archives: December 2011

Court holds State Lands Commission need not consider alternate public trust use when renewing marine terminal lease; lease renewal as CEQA project does not trigger assessment of claimed impacts of the existing use

Citizens for East Shores Park v. Cal. State Lands Commission 2012 DJDAR 28. A129896 (December 30, 2011) A citizen’s group challenged the State Lands Commission’s approval of a lease renewal with Chevron for a bayside terminal, claiming the Commission violated … Continue reading

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Federal judge blocks Calif. low-carbon fuels rule

Reprinted from the San Diego Union Tribune FRESNO, Calif. — California officials say they will ask a federal judge to stay his ruling that blocks the state from enforcing the first-in-the-nation mandate for cleaner, low-carbon fuels. In a decision issued Thursday, … Continue reading

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Green Chamber Says No to Keystone, Dirty Fuels (SD U-T) 12-29-11

Reprinted from the San Diego Union Tribune, December 29, 2011 By John Reaves and Ryan Ginard TransCanada has proposed the 1,702-mile, $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline (“KXL”), designed to carry an additional 830,000 barrels per day of tar sand oil … Continue reading

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California Approves Rules Restricting Use of High-Carbon Crude

By Lynn Doan – Dec 16, 2011 3:27 PM PT California passed rules discouraging the state’s refiners, including Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Tesoro Corp. (TSO), from processing types of crude that release more carbon when produced and delivered, such as output from Canada’s … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal affirms rare taking due to spot zoning

Avenida San Juan Partnership v. City of San Clemente 201 Cal.App.4th 1256 (2011) (4th Dist., Div. 3) December 14, 2011 The plaintiff acquired 2.85 acres of undeveloped land in 1980, which allowed six dwellings per acre at the time. After … Continue reading

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New mediation group tackles public project disputes

By DOUG SHERWIN, The Daily Transcript Thursday, December 1, 2011 Large public projects in San Diego often become the subjects of protracted legal battles, stalling their development for many years or even ending them altogether. A new group in town would … Continue reading

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