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Month: November 2008

November 26, 2008

More coverage on Santa Barbara "Naples Project" Lawsuit

From the Santa Barbara Independent. ...

November 26, 2008

Mexican gartner snake designated a candidate species

CBD upset by the designation—litigation in the offing? ...

November 26, 2008

more "Bush hates the environment" rhetoric

NRDC's Josh Mogerman has an idea for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama administration. "Under current leadership, the FWS has been directed towards an all-out assault on the ESA and its scientific focus," so the solution according to Mogerman consists of three words: Let's just change the tone. Send the simple m ...

November 25, 2008

children's ballpark runs into the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

Today's Boston Globe contains an interesting story on how a good idea got entangled in a bureaucratic mess.  Nearly ten years is apparently not enough to get a project for the benefit of children approved under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.  Babe Ruth would not be happy: Babe Ruth's only living daughter, Julia Ruth S ...

November 24, 2008

New Coastal Commission Documentary Expose

Sins of Commission, by Richard Oshen. ...

November 24, 2008

Lawsuit filed to stop Santa Barbara project

The plaintiffs are Surfrider Foundation et al, the project would allow development of 71 homes of approximately 7,500 to 10,000 square feet each, plus accessory structures.  One of the bases for the lawsuit is the contention that the County's approval of the project violates the Coastal Act.  Read more here. ...

November 22, 2008

PLF TV Commentary on the ESA regulatory changes

From KGO TV in San Francisco. ...

November 21, 2008

delta smelt litigation update

Earlier this week in the federal delta smelt litigation, Judge Wanger declined to invalidate several water contracts that affect the use of water in and around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Environmentalists had sued based on the alleged negative impact the contractual water deliveries have on the endangered delta smelt.  Judg ...

November 21, 2008

status of proposed Section 7 regulations

The Oregonian reports that Bush administration officials "do not plan to finalize revisions of the Endangered Species Act this week, contradicting news reports saying that they would push the revisions through by Friday so a new administration could not easily undo them." Thanks to ESA blawg's Keith Rizzardi for the pointer. There is ...

November 21, 2008

Baldwin Park Homeowners Safe from Eminent Domain…For Now

by Timothy Sandefur The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Bisno Development has withdrawn from plans to throw hundreds of homeowners out of their property and replace their homes with a multimillion dollar development. Given that Proposition 99 gives Californians no meaningful protection against eminent domain, it's not surprising to lear ...