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November 26, 2013

Coastal Commission rides roughshod over billboard owners' property rights

The California Coastal Commission is at it again, trying to rid the coastal zone of all things private and commercial.  But this time, it’s doing so indirectly–using another state agency to do its bidding. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is the state agency responsible for managing and improving California’ ...

August 08, 2011

The Balloon Track fight continues

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Today, PLF's client the Citizens for a Better Eureka filed a petition for review in the California Supreme Court, asking it to review the First District Court of Appeal's decision holding that the Coastal Commission has jurisdiction over the clean-up of the blighted and polluted Balloon Track property in down ...

June 30, 2011

A disappointing Balloon Track decision

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Late yesterday, the California First District Court of Appeal ruled in Citizens for a Eureka v. California Coastal Commission that the Commission has Coastal Act appellate jurisdiction over the Balloon Track nuisance abatement.  PLF attorneys represent the Citizens, and had argued that the Coastal Act's pro ...

June 09, 2011

Oral argument in the Balloon Track case

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Today, I argued our appeal in Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission, in the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.  The video below captures my thoughts on the argument, minutes after it was over.     ...

July 01, 2010

Disappointing loss in the Balloon Track case

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Yesterday, the Superior Court of Humboldt County heard arguments in Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission, a case challenging the Commission's assertion of appellate jurisdiction over the Balloon Track cleanup.  At the hearing's conclusion, the court announced from the bench its ...

June 24, 2010

Coastal Commission update

Author:  Damien M. Schiff On Tuesday, I traveled up to Eureka for argument in PLF's lawsuit, Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission, filed on behalf of concerned residents in Humboldt County, to tell the Commission to butt out of the cleanup of the blighted and polluted Balloon Track property in downtown Eureka. ...

March 22, 2010

The California Coastal Commission is at it again

Author:  Damien M. Schiff A few weeks ago I reported on a new PLF lawsuit challenging the Coastal Commission's jurisdiction to delay, and possibly stop altogether, a needed cleanup of a brownfield site in Eureka, California.  And today, I argued in the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco on behalf of the Gualala ...