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  • Hot button topics dominate Escondido Town Hall meeting
    The two hottest topics in Escondido dominated Mayor Sam Abed’s Town Hall meeting Wednesday evening: development of the Escondido Country Club.

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  • Residents sue to block affordable housing complex
    A group of Carlsbad residents has filed a lawsuit against the city to overturn its approval of a 92-unit affordable housing complex in the Barrio neighborhood.

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  • Lawsuit blocking water plant construction settled
    A lawsuit challenging the Escondido City Council’s decision earlier this year to build a recycled water treatment plant in the middle of town as been settled.

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  • Group seeks to overturn city's housing project
    A group of residents has filed a legal complaint seeking to overturn Carlsbad’s approval of a 90-apartment affordable housing complex to be built in the Barrio neighborhood with the help of a $7.2 million city loan.

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  • Escondido Country Club decision could be delayed
    Attorney Everett DeLano, who represents the Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (ECCHO), has asked the city to extend for another 45 days the comment period during which people can examine and critique a draft environmental report.

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  • Country Club neighbors bracing for next development battle
    Twice before they’ve won big victories, but the hundreds of members of the Escondido Country Club Homeowner’s Organization (ECCHO) are back to square one and facing perhaps their biggest challenge yet over the future of the club’s former golf course.

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  • Retirement community sues to stop water treatment plant
    A retirement community, the Springs of Escondido, is taking the city of Escondido to court to stop it from building a Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant across the street.

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  • Carlsbad reaches mutual agreement with environmental and community groups
    Carlsbad approved a series of agreements with environmental and community groups and settled a lawsuit filed by the North County Advocates regarding Poinsettia 61 Community Benefit Agreement.

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  • Behold, a Development Battle With a Happy Ending
    With land use issues so prevalent in North County, too frequent is the focus on the developers versus residents: the apartment building that threatens to overrun the neighborhood, or NIMBYs who block a particular project.

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  • Park-starved Carlsbad wins one
    The Carlsbad city council on Tuesday night (March 14) unanimously approved a settlement plan that will create a new park at the chain-link-fenced Buena Vista reservoir and will resolve a lawsuit against the city over alleged gaps in its general and climate action plans.  

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  • Lawsuit filed against Escondido water recycling facility
    The controversial recycled water facility project has hit a legal hurdle. The Springs of Escondido filed a lawsuit last week against the city over its approval to place the project adjacent to the senior community on the corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.  

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  • Lawsuit challenges location of Escondido water plant
    A lawsuit challenging the Escondido City Council’s decision last month to allow a large recycled water treatment plant to be built in the middle of the city was filed Friday in Vista Superior Court.  

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  • Del Mar digs new Civic Center
    Del Mar’s new $17.8 million Civic Center is at last rising on the same ocean-view property that held the old City Hall, a converted brick elementary school that had been the city’s headquarters since 1975.  

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  • Recycled water plant approved in Escondido
    A large recycled water treatment plant will be built at the southeast corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street in Escondido, despite the protests of dozens of residents and business owners who argued the project will ruin their neighborhood.  
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  • Escondido water plant hearing set for Wednesday
    A controversial plan to build a large recycled water treatment plant at the corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street will come to a head Wednesday when the Escondido City Council is tasked with making a final decision.

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  • Developers Win Plenty in San Diego
    Developers have the inside track both to staff and elected officials in numerous jurisdictions, often using (and sometimes abusing) their connections and their significant campaign contributions for their personal gain.

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  • 2017 should bring decision on Safari Highlands project
    Controversial proposal to build 550 luxury homes along mountainous land in the San Pasqual Valley should be decided this fall, after delays in the project’s environmental report.

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  • Gregory Canyon combatant reflects on 28-year dump war
    Thursday’s requiem for the landfill, delivered in the form of a press release, was greeted with a chorus of cheers in North County.

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  • Gregory Canyon Landfill project dead as Pala tribe buys part of land
    A controversial plan to build a landfill in rural northern San Diego County has been scrapped, and a key piece of the land has been sold to a Native American tribe that opposed the project.

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  • New water plant site riles elderly neighbors and others in Escondido
    Residents in an Escondido retirement home
    are continuing to fight the city’s plan to build a
    large recycled water treatment plant next door.

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  • Lawsuit filed over Vista del Mar project
    Chula Vista is being sued over a controversial condominium project on Third Avenue the City Council approved in August.

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  • Third Avenue development project prompts legal action
    A five-story, 71-unit condominium project that is supposed to revitalize Third Avenue is at the center of a lawsuit.....

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  • Resident sues city over City Hall project
    A homeowner is suing the city over its civic center project, but he isn’t seeking financial gain nor does he want to stop the development....

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  • Del Mar sued over proposed civic center's environmental report
    A Del Mar homeowner is suing the city over the environmental report on its proposed downtown civic center, alleging the study is flawed and needs to be revised.

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  • City Attorney Candidate Backs Off Climate Plan Claim But Leaves a Giant Question Lingering
    Even if anyone can sue the city for failing to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, it’ll be really tough for a judge to figure out how to make the city atone for its failure, says city attorney candidate Mara Elliott.

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  • Opponents of ‘Desert Rose’ development seek High Court review
    Those looking for further environmental review for the “Desert Rose” development in Olivenhain recently appealed the case to the California Supreme Court.

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  • Small crew leads sea change in water quality
    San Diego Coastkeeper, a nonprofit with a handful of employees and a small boat, has realized these achievements with 20 years of dogged lobbying, diplomacy and litigation.

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  • CEQA Is the Great Equalizer
    Our society is made up of “haves” and “have-nots.” The disparity is glaringly evident in the legal profession. Just ask ordinary people about how much they incurred in fees and costs when they needed to hire a lawyer.

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  • CARLSBAD: California prepares to open San Diego County desalination plant
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  • Carlsbad hit with pair of lawsuits
    A Carlsbad nonprofit group has filed a pair of lawsuits against the city relating to the controversial Agua Hedionda South Shore Specific Plan, otherwise known as the 85/15 plan, and the General Plan.

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  • Lawsuit filed against the Villa Storia development
    Oceanside residents filed a lawsuit against the city and Villa Storia developer Integral Communities following City Council approval of the project and zoning changes made in late September and early October.
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  • Oceanside hit with lawsuit over development at Mission San Luis Rey
    A group of residents who spoke against the recently approved 420-home development near Mission San Luis Rey has filed a lawsuit against the city.
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  • Challenge targets Caruso plan Nonprofit files
    Challenge targets Caruso plan. Nonprofit files for injunction to stop citizens' initiative OK'd by Carlsbad City Council.
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  • Arguments heard in Coastkeeper suit against water authority
    San Diego Superior Court judge says he'll take the case under submission
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  • San Diego County Water Authority Is Not Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lawsuit
    The non-profit organization claims SDCWA is breaking a law by not accounting for their greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • MURRIETA: Residents score big win in city hall fight
    Residents who live near golf course in Murrieta successfully sued to defeat approval of an apartment complex near their homes
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  • New owners say dump back on track
    Gregory Canyon landfill gets new investors and maybe a new life.
    A San Diego-based private equity firm has completed its takeover of Gregory Canyon Ltd., the company that’s been trying to build a landfill in North County for 20 years. . . read more>

  • Felicita Road 65-home development approved in Escondido
    The City Council approved the annexation and planned development of the gated 65-home Oak Creek development on Felicita Road. . .
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  • Housing projects subject of Escondido meetings
    Two potential housing projects in Escondido, one near approval and the other far from it, will be up for discussion this week during separate meetings at City Hall. . .
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  • How Similar Cities Function with Voters' Say in Growth 
    If Measure R passes, Malibu could join the likes of towns like Del Mar and Escondido, where voters head to the polls over major proposed developments. . .
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  • SANDAG approves trolley extension report  
    Work to extend the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from the international border to UC San Diego and surrounding areas is expected to start in late 2015. . .
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  • Encinitas' housing policies draw legal scrutiny  The city of Encinitas is defending itself against a lawsuit over its updated policies for enforcing the state’s density bonus law for developers, and could soon be facing further legal action about the issue. . . read more>

  • Business Gregory Canyon landfill back on track?  The long-planned and controversial Gregory Canyon landfill, whose developer has been plagued by financial problems the past year, may be getting back on track.
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  • Building Industry files lawsuit against Encinitas for recent density-bonus actions   The Building Industry Association of San Diego has filed a lawsuit to invalidate the Encinitas City Council’s recent action to close several loopholes that have been popular among developers of so-called “density-bonus” projects
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  • Court's ruling on Desert Rose headed for appeal Following a Superior Court ruling on July 22 voiding the city's approval of a 16-home project known as Desert Rose in Olivenhain, the project's developer is planning to file an appeal. . . . read more>

  • Residents Sue Over Housing Project
    Residents have filed a lawsuit against the city in response to the April 23 unanimous approval of a mixed-use affordable housing development on a city-owned parking lot in the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue. . . read more>

  • Encinitas tightens housing development rules
    Opponents of the state’s density bonus law celebrated late Wednesday as the Encinitas City Council tightened some city development standards. . . read more>

  • Army Corps dumps landfill application
    Another blow to the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill was delivered Monday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which announced it will cease work on a crucial permit for the project because the developers haven’t provided information needed to keep the process moving. . . read more>

  • San Diego Coastkeeper Is Suing County Water Authority For Alleged Failure to Account for Environmental Impacts
    San Diego Coastkeeper is suing the San Diego County Water Authority, alleging its recently approved water supply plan failed to account for existing and future environmental impacts. . .
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  • County Water Authority Responds to Coastkeeper Suit on Water Plan
    The San Diego County Water Authority on Monday defended its water-supply plan in the wake of a lawsuit by an environmental group filed the same day the water agency won a major victory against its water supplier. . .
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  • Coastkeeper sues water authority
    The San Diego County Water Authority must do more to address the environmental impacts of its water supply sources, San Diego Coastkeeper said in a new lawsuit. . .
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  • SD Coastkeeper files suit against Water Authority's master plan
    San Diego Coastkeeper has filed a lawsuit against the San Diego County Water Authority that alleges the Water Authority failed to account for the environmental impacts of its latest master plan update, which was adopted in late March. . .
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  • SD Coastkeeper files suit against Water Authority's master plan
    San Diego Coastkeeper has filed a lawsuit against the San Diego County Water Authority that alleges the Water Authority failed to account for the environmental impacts of its latest master plan update, which was adopted in late March. . . read more>

  • San Diego Coastkeeper Sues Water Authority For Allegedly Violating Environmental Act
    San Diego Coastkeeper is suing the San Diego County Water Authority, alleging its recently approved water supply plan failed to account for existing and future environmental impacts. . .
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  • Judge rules in favor of Olivenhain neighbors
    The developers of a controversial housing project planned for a horse property in Olivenhain must conduct an extensive environmental study before the development can move forward, a Superior Court judge ruled on Friday. . .
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  • Tentative victory for neighbors in Olivenhain lawsuit
    A controversial housing development planned for a horse property in Olivenhain hit a hurdle this week when a San Diego Superior Court judge tentatively ruled it can’t move forward without further environmental review.. . .
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  • Gregory Canyon bankruptcy dismissed
    A bankruptcy proceeding involving the company behind the long-planned Gregory Canyon landfill has been dismissed by a judge because the company failed to retain an attorney or file any necessary paperwork in court... . . read more>

  • MURRIETA: Neighborhood sues city over apartment approval
    A group representing hundreds of homes next to a golf course has sued Murrieta and a developer in a bid to toss out a recent approval of 112-unit apartment complex.. . .
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  • Bankruptcy for Gregory Canyon company
    The company behind the long-planned Gregory Canyon landfill announced Thursday that its three original investors are seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — another setback for the project that has been dogged by delays for nearly two decades. . .
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  • Homeowners Sue Developer
    Rancho Cielo residents say they were duped, amenities haven’t been delivered. Five Rancho Cielo Estates homeowners are suing the developer of their upscale neighborhood, arguing it isn’t as exclusive as they were promised. . .
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  • Gregory Canyon dump permit 'canceled'
    A pending Gregory Canyon landfill permit that has been in the works for nearly seven years was canceled Wednesday by the county’s Air Pollution Control District because the developers owe the district more than $322,000 in late fees and work already done. . . read more>
  • Landfill Proponents Say Again Project is Imminent
    Now, 20 years after the landfill was first proposed, Gregory Canyon Ltd. is making its boldest prediction yet: demolition and pre-grading within a few months, construction by late summer and a fully operational landfill in 2015. . . read more>

  • Community opposition to Rancho Cielo projects builds
    Multiple lawsuits and an appeal have been filed against proposed development projects in the Rancho Cielo residential community of Rancho Santa Fe. . .
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  • Settlement Reached in Quarry Creek Suits
    The controversial Quarry Creek housing development cleared a large hurdle last week when developer Corky McMillin Cos. made several significant concessions to settle lawsuits filed by environmentalists last spring. . . read more>

  • Save Desert Rose v. City of Encinitas
    Group stands fast in fight against high-density development. The group spearheading the litigation, Save Desert Rose, maintains that the proposed development will have significant negative impacts on the environment and quality of life in the area, potentially ruining one of the few rural communities in the region. . .
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  • Proposed Leucadia subdivision triggers another debate over density law
    Residents are concerned about a proposed housing development on Fulvia Street in Leucadia. At the center of the debate: state legislation. . . . read more>

  • Gregory Canyon and CEQA Reform:
    A Perfect Case Study.
    Featuring Everett DeLano, Esq. and Heather Riley, Esq.
    This CLE will present an in-depth look at the Gregory Canyon Landfill project from the perspective of two lawyers who have been involved with the project for a number of years on both sides of the issues.. . .
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    Visit SDCBA website to register.


  • Carlsbad sued over Quarry Creek project
    Everett DeLano, who represents Preserve Calavera, said there are numerous problems with placing much of the development on the panhandle, including its proximity to water sources and traffic. . . read more>

  • Group alleges misconduct in housing decision
    Local environmentalist group Preserve Calavera has demanded the withdrawal of Carlsbad City Council’s decision approving the Quarry Creek housing development. . . read more>

  • Preserve Calavera files lawsuit over Quarry Creek
    The goal of the lawsuit, DeLano said, is not to stop the development, but to reduce the number of homes and keep construction off the environmentally sensitive portions of the property. . . read more>

  • Group says city may have violated Brown Act Quarry Creek approval at issue
    DeLano said the city didn’t provide notice on the posted agenda for the March meeting that Quarry Creek would be discussed in closed session nor did officials report publicly on any action taken in closed session. . . read more>

  • Lawsuit Target Housing Project - Olivenhain group seeking
    environmental study for plan to build 16 homes

    The residents’ attorney, Everett DeLano, said Monday that they hope the case, which was filed last month in Superior Court, will cause the Encinitas City Council ultimately to rethink its vote to approve plans for the Desert Rose Way development. . . read more>

  • Coastkeeper welcomes Everett DeLano
    to its board of directors

    San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental organization that protects and restores fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters in San Diego County. . . read more>

  • Gregory Canyon Pits Water Against Trash
    A decades-long debate over a new landfill in North County pitted trash against water at an Army Corps of Engineers’ hearing. . . read more>


  • Oh, deer! Encinitas pols paralyzed in spotlight
    Like four deer caught in headlights, the Encinitas City Council froze in fear last
    week. . . .read more>


  • Desert Rose residents look to head off development project
    “Save Desert Rose" a group of citizens that have opposed a planned development are gearing up for another battle. . . read more>

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