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Monsanto prevails in PCB pollution case, but cities plan to appeal

Kerry Goff Oct. 16, 2016, 11:14pm

SAN JOSE -- A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits in which the cities of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley sought to force Monsanto to help pay for reducing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contamination in the San Francisco Bay.

Legal reform groups criticize lawmakers' resuscitation of PCB public nuisance litigation

Daphne O'Neal Oct. 16, 2016, 2:32pm

SACRAMENTO - In a move that has some legal observers scratching — if not shaking — their heads, the California state legislature pushed through in September two measures aimed at giving the cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose standing to refile PCB waterway contamination public nuisance claims against Monsanto.

Willow Glen Trestle deemed not historical by National Register

Kerry Goff Oct. 6, 2016, 6:10pm

SAN JOSE -- Residents who have been fighting to save the Willow Glen Railroad Trestle from demolition, arguing that it was a historical landmark, were disappointed when the National Register of Historic Places recently declared the 1922 railroad bridge ineligible for historic status and could be removed to erect a prefabricated pedestrian bridge.

Affordable housing legal dispute likely headed for U.S. Supreme Court

John Breslin Oct. 4, 2016, 3:35pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Legal disputes stemming from local governments forcing developers to set aside land for affordable housing, or else pay fines, are expected to persist until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the matter.

Firefighters claim city of San Jose owes unpaid overtime wages

Wadi Reformado Sep. 1, 2016, 10:23am

SAN FRANCISCO – San Jose firefighters allege that the city owes them unpaid wages.

Silicon Valley agency works for housing as cities win in court

Sean Fowler May 12, 2016, 7:41pm

SAN JOSE – A recent court ruling protecting cities that still have redevelopment agency funding is being hailed as a needed victory for those communities struggling with the closure of the agencies.

CBIA still favors case against inclusionary housing

Whitney Wright May 3, 2016, 6:16pm

SAN JOSE – A recent petition for writ of certiorari was denied by the Supreme Court in a continuing battle against inclusionary zoning involving the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and the city of San Jose.

Pacific Legal Foundation interested in other mandated affordable housing cases

Karen Kidd Apr. 26, 2016, 3:14pm

SAN JOSE – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in late February not to hear a challenge to a San Jose-mandated affordable housing law has effectively ended that challenge, a Pacific Legal Foundation official said in an interview.