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Citizens for Responsible Open Space v. San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Comm'n, A116825

Judgment for defendants, rejecting petition to invalidate the annexation to the Midpenninsula Regional Open Space District of 144,000 acres along the coast of San Mateo County is affirmed over claims that: 1) public notice of the hearing to protest the annexation omitted a statement of reasons for the annexation and included an ambiguous map of the affected area; and 2) defendant delegated the task of verifying the written protests to a separate county department and allegedly determined incorrectly the number of registered voters residing in the annexation area.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/31/2008
  • Published 01/31/2008


  • POLLAK, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • The Zumbrun Law Firm, Ronald A. Zumbrun, Todd M. Ratshin, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Citizens for Responsible Open Space and Californians for Property Rights., Best Best & Krieger LLP, Clark H. Alsop as amicus curiae on behalf of California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions., David W. McMurchie as amicus curiae on behalf of California Special Districts Association., Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, Ellison Folk, Gabriel M.B. Ross, Susan M. Schectman, for Real Party in Interest and Appellant Midpenninsula Regional Open Space.

  • For Appellees:
  • Thomas F. Casey II, County Counsel, Carol L. Woodward, Deputy, for Defendants and Appellants San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission and San Mateo County.
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