Tag Archive for California Environmental Quality Act

San Diego’s fireworks fiasco draws legal scrutiny

July 11, 2012
The National Law Journal
 by Amanda Bronstad

An environmental group that has repeatedly sued over potential pollution caused from fireworks displays in San Diego is looking into the potential damage to local wildlife caused by this year’s July 4 show, which exploded all at once due to an apparent computer malfunction. Read more

CERF Advances Pro-Environment Arguments in La Jolla Cove Fireworks Case.

June 14, 2012

There are many locations throughout San Diego appropriate for limited-duration fireworks displays, some perhaps over water, so long as there are rigid cleanup standards and they are in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Coastal Act.

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CERF Notice of CEQA Violations: Encinitas Coastal Armoring

January 9, 2012

Mr. Gus Vina, City Manager
City of Encinitas
505 S. Vulcan Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024

Re: Notice of CEQA Violations: Pattern and Practice
        Failure to Mitigate Impacts of Coastal Armoring

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Preservation group plans to appeal council-approved seawall

March 15, 2012
by Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — The Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation presented its appeal to the city council on March 14 of a major use permit and coastal development permit for a seawall and private stairwell in Leucadia that was granted in January.

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RELEASE: CERF Sues City of San Diego over Illegal Favoritism in Park Use Permitting Process

Legal Battle Continues following November 14th Council Approval of Special Treatment for Fireworks Shows

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Why is CEQA getting a crummy deal?

Reposted with permission by TwoCathedrals.com
September 21, 2011
by Livia Borak

Principles only mean something if you stick to them when it’s inconvenient.

There’s been some focus of late on legislation to “reform” (read: gut) the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), mostly because one of the bills waiting for the Governor’s signature would help fast-track a football stadium in Los Angeles.

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The Real Fireworks Debate, or Lack Thereof

Reposted by permission from TwoCathedrals.com
May 4, 2011
by Livia Borak

Two months. Exactly two months remain until the 4th of July holiday. We’ll take time off to enjoy the company of our friends and loved ones, fly our American flags and light the barbeque. And then the fireworks. What’s more American than buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fireworks from China, watching their explosive display, and then sitting in traffic for an hour?

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CERF Comments to San Diego City Council re: Fireworks Impacts to Wildlife, Air and Water Quality

Today, April 25, 2011: The San Diego City Council will consider passing municipal code amendments to exempt coastal fireworks from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements.

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CERF Fireworks – La Jolla Complaint, Temporary Restraining Order, and Media

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation attorney Marco Gonzalez has a long history with fireworks in the San Diego area. As a longtime clean water activist, he has been informing regular fireworks dischargers, such as Sea World, that compliance with discharge laws, including permitting, implementation of best management practices (BMPs), and water column and sediment monitoring are required for any displays over ocean waters.