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Month: January 2010

January 28, 2010

What's going on in Maryland?

Author: Brandon Middleton Via the Washington Post, we learn of an incredible story, but sadly only the latest example of the needs of endangered species being placed well above the needs of humans: One hundred feet above the Chesapeake Bay, atop Calvert County's scenic cliffs, a battle rages between man and a tiny insect, the ...

January 28, 2010

The New York Times takes closer look at State of the Union comment

Author: Daniel Himebaugh During last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama criticized the Supreme Court for its recent ruling in Citizens United.  PLF participated in that case, and we referred to the ruling as a "First Amendment victory" on this blog a few days ago. Today, The New York Times writes that the ...

January 28, 2010

PLF Coastal Land Rights Project Busy Fighting Coastal Commission on Multiple Fronts

Author:  Paul Beard PLF's Coastal Land Rights Project has had a busy January so far: On Saturday, we interviewed Venice residents about the California Coastal Commission's refusal to allow reasonable parking restrictions (from 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.) in their neighborhoods as a way to combat the pollution, crime, and parking issu ...

January 27, 2010

New study shows government policies inflate home prices in Washington

Author: Daniel Himebaugh The Washington Policy Center, a Seattle-based think tank, released a study this month showing how tax policy and growth restrictions increase the cost of home construction in Washington.  The study finds that government policies add to the price of a typical single family home by as much as 28 percent, or $67,400, ...

January 26, 2010

Controversy over another Delta fish

Author:  Damien M. Schiff The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will revisit its 2003 decision to remove the Sacramento splittail from Endangered Species Act protections.  The decision is the result of a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity contending that the delisting was improperly influenced b ...

January 25, 2010

The Constitution is (fortunately) a stubborn document

Author: Brandon Middleton The Natural Resource Defense Council's Barry Nelson doesn't like what Pacific Legal Foundation is doing when it comes to California's water. (See his NRDC Switchboard blog post, "Facts are stubborn things"). According to Nelson, PLF and others have been "particularly careful to ignore facts that ...

January 25, 2010

The ramifications of the Obama administration's man-made California drought

Author: Brandon Middleton Big Government's John Loudon has a great article on why it's important for the entire country to wake up and realize that the Obama administration is putting fish before people. Loudon explains that the ramifications of cutting off water to the San Joaquin Valley go far beyond California: As for the rest ...

January 25, 2010

PLF asks Ninth Circuit to invalidate delta smelt restrictions

Author: Brandon Middleton Today, Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys will file an appeal to the Ninth Circuit, asking the court to invalidate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's delta smelt water cutbacks as unconstitutional. The appeal will be filed not only on behalf of PLF's farming clients (Stewart & Jasper Orchards, Arroyo Farms, a ...

January 22, 2010

PLF files Supreme Court brief in Lewis v. Chicago

Author: Joshua Thompson Last week I blogged about the City of Chicago's drastic measures to avoid disparate-impact liability, and noted how the Supreme Court was set to hear Lewis v. Chicago.  That case deals with the statute of limitations in disparate-impact cases.  (You can read more about the case here.) Today PLF filed its amic ...

January 22, 2010

The new holy wars

Author: R. S. Radford At an environmental law conference a few years ago, I was surprised when a professor called on his fellow academics to impose what I took to be a requirement for ideological purity. First-year college students who want to major in environmental studies, according to this speaker, should be counseled never to ...