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Sunset Sky Ranch Pilots Ass'n v. County of Sacramento, No. S165861

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By FindLaw Staff on December 29, 2009 9:46 AM

Court of Appeals' reversal of a trial court's denial of plaintiffs' mandamus petition seeking to prevent the closure of a private airport, holding that defendant-county's action amounted to a project requiring environmental review under CEQA, is reversed as: 1) declining to renew the conditional use permit was not a public project under CEQA because the county did not directly undertake to close the airport, but simply decided not to reauthorize a private activity that required a permit; and 2) as the airport operation was the project in question, projects rejected by a public agency are specifically exempted from CEQA requirements.     

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Appellate Information
Appeal from Sacramento County Super. Ct. No. 06CS00265

Filed December 28, 2009

Judges
Before:  George, C. J., Baxter, J., Chin, J., Corrigan, J.,  Kennard, J.,  Moreno, J., and Werdegar, J.,

Opinion by Corrigan, J.

Counsel
For Appellant:  Law Office of Lanny T. Winberry and Lanny T. Winberry

For Appellee:  Robert A. Ryan, County Counsel, and Krista C. Whitman, Deputy County Counsel

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