The Golden State was once known as the land of Ronald Reagan and the “California Dream.” That dream meant not only blue skies and endless coastline, but also the vision of a place where innovators could create big things and a better life. Prospectors came here to seek their fortunes in the gold rush. Artists came to establish the world of film in Hollywood. Rocket scientists and pilots came to build the modern aerospace industry. The architects of the Internet laid their roots in Silicon Valley. California was the place to be. Now, it’s a state to flee.
PLF is actively litigating cases in 36 states, but we’re focused on California with more than half of our attorneys practicing in the state. We’ve already launched a series of lawsuits in a wide variety of issue areas, against bureaucrats imposing the most egregious laws.
Whom and What We’re Fighting:
California Coastal Commission – Even after its crushing defeat in Nollan, the CCC won’t give up. Neither does PLF. We are fighting these bureaucrats who never miss a chance to bully even landlocked property owners with punishing fines and unconstitutional restrictions.
The EPA – This federal agency won’t leave farmers—who simply want to farm their land—alone.
California State Legislature – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) is forcing independent contractors like Uber drivers and freelance journalists to become employees, causing many to cut back their hours or lose their income entirely.
US and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife – Armed bureaucrats are treating law-abiding citizens like criminals—searching their properties whenever they want—even when the citizens have done nothing wrong.
The Cities of San Francisco and Oakland – These city governments are mimicking state policies in an effort to “solve” the housing crisis—when, in fact, their efforts punish citizens who try to provide more housing.
The California Secretary of State – Alex Padilla is requiring publicly traded companies to have a certain number of women on their boards because, in his opinion, women aren’t capable of getting in the boardroom without Big Government’s help.
University of California System – In the wake of the landmark Janus Supreme Court decision, UC president and former Obama Cabinet secretary Janet Napolitano has issued a Gag Rule prohibiting state unions from discussing with workers their constitutional rights.
The Attorney General of California – Partnering with state Fish and Wildlife officials, Xavier Becerra is depriving families from earning a living doing what they’ve done for decades, with little benefit to endangered species (the object of the law’s protection).