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JOHNSTON v. SONOMA COUNTY AGRIC. PRES. & OPEN SPACE DIST., A097121

The conveyance of a utility easement over property preserved for open space was an involuntary transfer governed by eminent domain law, not subject to Public Resources Code section 5540 and its requirement of voter or legislative approval prior to transfer.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/31/2002
  • Published 07/31/2002

Judges

  •  MARCHIANO, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, Rachel B. Hooper, San Francisco, Robert S. Perlmutter, Brian J. Johnson, Moscone, Emblidge & Quadra, G. Scott Emblidge, San Francisco, Robert D. Sanford, Counsel for Plaintiff and Appellant (John R. Johnston)., Law Office of J. William Yeates, J. William Yeates, Fair Oaks, Mary U. Akens, Keith G. Wagner, Counsel for Real Parties in Interest (National Audubon Society and Madrone Audubon Society)., Daniel P. Selmi, Counsel for Amici Curiae (Defense of Place, Friends of the Russian River, Northern California River Watch, and Town Hall Coalition in support of Appellant).

  • For Appellees:
  • Steven M. Woodside, County Counsel, Sue A. Gallagher, Deputy County Counsel, County of Sonoma, Counsel for Defendants and Respondents (Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Board of Directors of SCAPOSD)., Brien J. Farrell, City Attorney, Patrick C. Wilson, Assistant City Attorney, City of Santa Rosa, Counsel for Real Party in Interest and Respondent (City of Santa Rosa).