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County’s Initiative-Enacted General Plan Traffic Mitigation Policies Are Unconstitutional Exactions

USA - May 25 2021 On May 4, 2021, in Alliance for Responsible Planning v. Taylor (County of El Dorado), __ Cal.App.5th __ (2021) (Case No. C085712), the Third District…

Landowner Prevails in Short-Term Vacation Rental Lawsuit Against Santa Barbara

USA - May 10 2021 On May 4, 2021, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court decision, in Kracke v. City of Santa Barbara, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2021)…

Developer Achieves Complete Victory in SB 35 Decision for New Mixed-Use Development in Berkeley

USA - April 28 2021 In Ruegg & Ellsworth v. City of Berkeley, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2021) (Case No. A159218), the first published appellate decision addressing Senate Bill…

Santa Barbara Liable for Taking Private Property When its Permit Denial Made Clear no Development Would be Allowed

USA - April 8 2021 In a case that exists only because of the choices a city made in both application decision-making and litigation, the Second District Court of Appeal…

Supreme Court Wrestles with Line Drawing in an Important Property Rights Case Addressing Physical Taking Rules in the Context of Labor Union Organizing Laws

USA - March 24 2021 During California’s strawberry harvesting season in the summer of 2015, union activists entered a nursery’s property under the authority granted by a…