November 17, 2009: Judge blocks resumption of gravel mining along Russian River
Press Democrat

“An attempt by Syar Industries to temporarily resume gravel mining along Russian River terraces has been blocked by a Sonoma County Superior Court judge’s ruling that county supervisors exceeded their authority in granting a permit extension to the quarry company.  In a 12-page opinion…

May 27, 2009: Obama: Waiting for the Sunrise?
San Diego Weekly Reader

“What began as a local backcountry struggle over San Diego Gas & Electric’s proposed Sunrise Powerlink is now a national issue, one that opponents of the project hope will challenge a key energy strategy of the Obama administration.  The national scope was underscored…

May 21, 2009: Plaintiffs Win Pesticide Fight; Feds Withdraw Apple Moth Spray
Berkeley Daily Planet

“The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a ban on two controversial sprays used to battle the light brown apple moth (LBAM), ending a lawsuit filed by attorney Stephan Volker on behalf of environmental activ-ists and the mayors of Albany and…

May 12, 2009: EPA pulls 2 moth pesticides; more in pipeline
San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revoked approval of two moth pesticides pulled from aerial spraying over a dozen California counties last year when residents argued in a Santa Cruz court that the government failed to adequately assess health and…

April 23, 2009: Jamul’s plan to build casino may not stand test of history
San Diego Union Tribune

“A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that rattled American Indian tribes across the country has raised significant new legal questions about the Jamul tribe’s controversial bid to build a large casino 20 miles east of downtown San Diego. The development comes as Jamul’s financial partner put the odds of casino…

March 24, 2009:  Local Groups File Appeal, Ask BLM to Reverse Powerlink Approval
East County Magazine

“An appeal to the U.S. Department of the Interior over its Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of San Diego Gas & Electric’s Sunrise Powerlink transmission project was filed Monday by three local organizations in San Diego County.  The appeal notice to the Interior Board of Land Appeals is the first step to…

March 18, 2009: Bay Trail Backers Sue State, Chevron Over Richmond Wharf
Berkeley Daily Planet

“Bay Trail advocates have sued the State Lands Commission (SLC) and Chevron U.S.A., challenging the agency’s decision to renew the lease for Richmond’s Long Wharf Terminal.  The action, filed in Alameda County Superior Court March 5, seeks to reverse…

February 25, 2009:   Supreme Court Ruling Raises Richmond Casino Questions
Berkeley Daily Planet

“A U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down Tuesday raises new questions about the fate of two Richmond area casino projects.  But Berkeley entrepreneur James D. Levine, backer of the proposal for a $1.5 billion resort at Point Molate, said his lawyers…

February 11, 2009: Obama Justice Dept. Moves to Keep Moth Spray Secret 
Berkeley Daily Planet

“For one prominent Bay Area attorney, the bloom is already off the Obama rose.  Stephan Volker is the lead attorney in a case that pits a group of plaintiffs, including the North Coast Rivers Alliance, an Air Force major and his son, a Santa Cruz city…

February 11, 2009:  Don Quixote Fights the Windmills – and so do the Folks in Boulevard
East County Magazine

“Just as Miguel de Cervantes’ infamous Spaniard, better known for his dubious love exploits, goes to battle against his giants, the tiny backcountry community of Boulevard is waging several fronts against modern-day giant windmills.  Community Planning Action Group Donna Tisdale…

February 7, 2009:  Sonoma County grading rules draw lawsuit
Press Democrat

“Environmental groups have sued Sonoma County supervisors for approving a new grading ordinance that they say falls short of environmental rules.  They argue the new law should include a requirement that farmers undergo environmental review and studies before planting new vineyards…

January 28, 2009:  Lawsuit Challenges Point Molate Casino
Berkeley Daily Planet

“Two environmental groups filed suit Monday in an effort to block construction of a casino resort and condo complex at Richmond’s Point Molate.  Richmond attorney Stephan Volker filed the action in Contra Costa County Superior Court on behalf of Citizens for Eastshore State Park and…

November 1, 2008:    Judge rejects county Water Agency Plan
Press Democrat

“A judge’s ruling this week against the Sonoma County Water Agency could profoundly affect future development on the North Coast, as well as the protection of endangered species and conservation efforts.  The case involves the Urban Water Management Plan, a crucial document…

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