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California Farm Bureau Fed'n v. California Wildlife Conservation Bd., C049919

Grant of peremptory writ of mandate directing defendants to set aside approval of a project involving the conversion of agricultural land into wildlife habitat and exempting the project from CEQA, and orders granting attorney fees, are affirmed as the project is not categorically exempt from CEQA, nor does it fall within the common sense exemption to CEQA, and plaintiffs are successful parties who vindicated an important right that are entitled to attorney fees.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/21/2006
  • Published 09/22/2006

Judges

  • CANTIL-SAKAUYE, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • No appearance for Real Party in Interest Leroy V. Traynham.

  • For Appellees:
  • Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Mary Hackenbracht, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Deborah A. Wordham, Deputy Attorney General for Defendants and Appellants California Wildlife Conservation Board and Department of Fish and Game., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Alan N. Bick, Irvine, and Christeon J. Costanzo for Plaintiff, Intervener and Respondent California Farm Bureau Federation., Brenda Washington Davis, John R. Weech, Ronda Azevedo Lucas for Plaintiffs, Interveners and Respondents California Farm Bureau Federation and Richard J. Mora., Somach, Simmons & Dunn and Timothy M. Taylor, Kristen T. Castanos and Jacqueline L. McDonald, Sacramento, and Henry E. Rodegerdts, County Counsel for Plaintiff and Respondent County of Colusa.
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