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O.W.L. Found. v. City of Rohnert Park, A114809

Grant of writ of mandate requiring defendant city to set aside its resolution adopting a water supply assessment (WSA) is reversed where: 1) a WSA need not analyze groundwater pumping by all users in an entire basin; 2) the relevant statute did not specify a particular methodology for a sufficiency analysis and in that respect affored the water supplier substantial discretion in determining how to measure groundwater sufficiency; and 3) defendant city acted well within its discretion in adopting the WSA.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/19/2008
  • Published 11/19/2008




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Bingham McCutchen, Stephen L. Kostka, Geoffrey L. Robinson and Marie A. Cooper, Walnut Creek, on behalf of Real Parties in Interest and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Michelle Marchetta Kenyon, City Attorney;  McDonough Holland & Allen, Veronica Ramirez, Oakland;  Best Best & Krieger and Roderick E. Walston, Walnut Creek, for Defendants and Appellants., Kronick, Moskowitz, Tiedemann & Girard, Eric N. Robinson, Sacramento, and Julia E. Blair, as Amici Curiae for the League of California Cities and California Association of Counties in support of Defendants and Appellants., Cox, Castle & Nicolson, Andrew B. Sabey and R. Chad Hales, San Francisco, as Amici Curiae for Burbank Housing and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California in support of Defendants and Appellants., Downey Brand, Scott L. Shapiro, Jennifer L. Harder and Joseph S. Schofield, Sacramento, on behalf of California Water Agencies as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant City of Rohnert Park., Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish, Edward J. Casey and Tammy L. Jones, Los Angeles, on behalf of Plaintiffs and Respondents.
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