Posts Categorized: Appeal Lawyers

What the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decisions Could Mean for the EPA’s New Clean Power Plan

The EPA’s recently developed “Clean Power Plan” is causing quite a bit of controversy. In a nutshell, the Plan does two things. First, the Plan requires states to adopt their own clean power plans to meet EPA greenhouse emissions reduction goals. If a state fails to adopt an emissions reduction plan that the EPA will… Read more »

If Proposition 218 is a Straight Jacket, Does that Make California’s Taxing Habits Crazy?

 The phrase “never let a crisis go to waste” has been attributed to various political Prop 218 thinkers over the years. The general idea behind the quote is that the people will allow the government to do all manner of things in a crisis that they might otherwise oppose. Thus, if you’re the type of… Read more »

California Appeal Law Firm Analyzes Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley : California Supreme Court Restores Common Sense to CEQA

In a major victory for the rights of property owners throughout the state, on March 2 the California Supreme Court in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley held that the construction of a single family home is categorically exempt from the requirement of the preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental… Read more »

Vergara v. California: Judge Strikes Down Teacher Tenure

Should public schools be allowed to fire ineffective teachers? Most people would likely answer that question in the affirmative. But for years, California schools have been essentially forbidden by state law from dismissing even the worst teachers without a fight. Thankfully, Vergara v. California might change that soon. This week the Los Angeles County Superior… Read more »