L.A. Corruption

A Southern California developer agreed to pay $1.2 Million to resolve a criminal probe into its relationship with ex-L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who was indicted on racketeering charges. The developer admitted it made $75,000 in pollical contributions in exchange for a reduction of the affordable housing requirement for one of its real estate projects.

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California Condor

In a dispute arising from the development of luxury resort community Tejon Mountain Ranch, a federal court in California ruled against conservationists challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s finding that the California condor is not a “traditional cultural property” under federal law and could be incidentally taken during the building of the development.

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Environmental Report

A trial court properly ordered the City of Agoura Hills, California, to set aside its approval of a development project and to prepare an environmental-impact report, the Ninth Circuit ruled, finding that even though the city’s plan included mitigation measures to reduce the project’s impact on native oaks, other plants and a Chumash cultural site, an environmental report is necessary due to the project’s predicted significant impact on those concerns.

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