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California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter

November 2019

Volume 29, Number 2 November 2019




Governor Newsom Signs into Law SB 330, the Housing Crisis Act of


Governor Newsom Signs into Law Strong Statewide Renter Protection Legislation Addressing Rent Increases and Evictions41

Habitat Restoration Project to Be Completed in Lower American Ri-



Federal Agencies Release No Jeopardy Biological Opinions for the Central Valley Project45


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Finds Santa Monica Ordinance Against Short-Term Vacation Rentals Does Not Violate the Dormant Commerce Clause47

Rosenblatt v. City of Santa Monica, ___F.3d___, Case No. 17-55879 (9th Cir. Oct. 3, 2019).


District Court of Appeal:

Second District Court Rejects Claims for Procedural CEQA Errors in Upholding City Approval of Proposed Renovation and Restoration Project49

AIDS Healthcare Foundation v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Case No. B292816, Unpub. (2nd Dist. Aug. 29, 2019).

Fifth District Court Finds CEQA Challenge to Hydroelectric Dam Relicensing Process Preempted by Federal Power Act51

County of Butte v. Department of Water Resources, 39 Cal.App.5th 708 (5th Dist. 2019).

Second District Court Upholds Coastal Commission Setback Requirement Despite Lack of Indication Which Staff Findings the Commission Relied on53

Greene v. California Coastal Commission, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. B293301 (2nd Dist. Oct. 9, 2019).

Fourth District Court Upholds Conditions Imposed by California Coastal Commission on Coastal Development Permit55

Lindstrom v. California Coastal Commission, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. D074132 (4th Dist. Sept. 19, 2019).

First District Court Finds Public Agency’s Failure to Act is Not an Activity that Constitutes a ‘Project’ under CEQA57

The Lake Norconian Club Foundation v. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 39 Cal.App.5th 1044 (1st Dist. 2019).

Fourth District Court Holds View Ordinance is the Equivalent of a Zoning Ordinance Subject to 90-Day Service of Petition Deadline58

Weiss v. City of Del Mar, 39 Cal.App.5th 609 (4th Dist. 2019).