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New law requires CEQA lead agencies to identify real parties in notices
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • October 11 2011

As I pointed out on September 13, 2011 (“Ten CEQA Litigation Mistakes To Avoid”), a CEQA plaintiff must not forget to name all real parties in interest since a failure to name indispensible parties under Code of Civil Procedure 389 will result in dismissal


CEQA mitigation on conservation easement lands: how a plea to legislators killed a threat to farmers’ property rights (for now)
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • October 7 2011

Shortly before the close of the last legislative session, I found myself writing a strongly-worded letter (on behalf of myself and interested clients of Miller Starr Regalia) to Governor Brown, the authors of proposed SB 436 (Kehoe) and AB 484 (Alejo) and certain Senate and Assembly Committee Chairs to urge an amendment of or alternatively a “no” vote on or veto of those bills


Redevelopment bills challenged
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • July 25 2011

ABX1 26 and ABX1 27 were enacted by the State Legislature in late June as “trailer bills” to help implement the state budget bill


California Supreme Court agrees to hear redevelopment challenge; stays portions of new legislation
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • August 15 2011

As discussed in prior Legal Updates, the California Redevelopment Agency, the League of California Cities, and several redevelopment agencies filed a lawsuit in the California Supreme Court challenging newly-enacted legislation (ABX1 26 and ABX1 27) which dissolves redevelopment agencies as of October 1, 2011 unless the local jurisdiction agrees to make substantial payments to fund other local government functions


EBMUD ordinance affects title & escrow procedures in certain areas in Northern California
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • August 2 2011

East Bay Municipal Utility District (“EBMUD”) recently enacted the Regional Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance No. 311 (the “Ordinance”


Easy Bay Municipal Utility District revisesOordinance to address concerns
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • August 24 2011

Responding to the concerns of the title and escrow industry, East Bay Municipal Utility District has revised its guidelines for the Regional Private Sewer Later Ordinance No. 311


Procedural pitfalls in Code of Civil Procedure Section 860: validation actions a trap for unwary litigants
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • December 7 2011

Code of Civil Procedure sections 860 to 870 authorize a public agency or an interested private party to bring a “validation action” in superior court to determine the validity of certain public agency actions


Fighting an overstated mechanic's lien: a simpler solution
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • December 7 2011

In a depressed economy wrought with defaulting developers, a lender in California facing a lien priority challenge should evaluate whether it would be worthwhile to secure a first priority position for its deed of trust through law and motion practice


From Williamson Act contracts to solar use easements: new law offers incentives to meet California's renewable energy goals
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • December 7 2011

In April 2011, Governor Brown signed a bill requiring one-third of California's energy to be produced from renewable sources by December 31, 2020


CEQA baselines: new Sunnyvale case sanctions EIR’s use of multiple traffic baselines
  • Miller Starr Regalia
  • USA
  • December 9 2011

Last February, I co-authored a California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter lead article analyzing three significant 2010 decisions addressing the rules for setting the CEQA “baseline,” i.e., the starting point from which environmental impacts are measured