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Council on Environmental Quality Rescinds Trump Administration Draft Guidance that Limited the Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions During Environmental Reviews under NEPA


By Patrick Veasy and Hina Gupta On February 19, 2021, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) rescinded the Trump administration-issued draft guidance, which would have

Read More2021-05-03

Religious Organizations and Real Property Taxes: The First District Court of Appeal Reverses the Trial Court’s Application of the Property Taxation Exemption to a Church with Respect to a ‘Special Tax’


By Boyd Hill The California Court of Appeal for the First District, in Valley Baptist Church v. City of San Rafael, held that a church

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The Pitfalls of Water Rights Reporting to the State Water Resources Control Board


By Jeanne Zolezzi If you divert and use water from a surface water source, California law requires you to report your diversion and use to

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds FOIA’s Deliberative Process Exemption Protected Draft Biological Opinions from Public Disclosure


By James Purvis The Sierra Club brought a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) action against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National

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California Court of Appeal Upholds Adoption of Voter Initiative, Finding the Initiative Did Not Require a Two-Thirds Majority to Pass


By James Purvis Plaintiffs sued to invalidate “Proposition C,” an initiative entitled “Universal Childcare for San Francisco Families Initiative,” on the ground that it required

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D.C. Circuit Vacates Federal Easement Awarded to Dakota Access Pipeline, Finding U.S. Army Corps Violated NEPA By Failing to Prepare an EIS


By Bridget McDonald In Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found

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