This just in from Harold Johnson, attorney and communications director, Pacific Legal Foundation, presented without comment (feel free to provide your own).
THIS THURSDAY (June 9): Appellate Court hears PLF suit vs. Cal. Coastal Commission for blocking cleanup of contaminated Balloon Track property in Eureka
PLF attorneys represent organization of Eureka citizens promoting environmental cleanup and protection
WHAT: Oral Argument, at California 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, in PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for blocking plans to clean up the Balloon Track property along Humboldt Bay near downtown Eureka, a former railroad facility that is contaminated from years of industrial use. The lawsuit contends that the Coastal Commission has no legal authority to interfere in the matter, because the Eureka City Council has declared the site a public nuisance and ordered a nuisance abatement. Under the California Coastal Act, such a declaration exempts a cleanup project from Coastal Commission review. PLF attorneys represent Citizens for a Better Eureka, an organization of a cross-section of Eureka residents, formed to promote environmental protection. The case is Citizens for a Better Eureka v. California Coastal Commission.
WHO : PLF senior staff attorney Damien Schiff, lead attorney in PLF's lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, will argue on behalf of Citizens for a Better Eureka (the organization represented by PLF attorneys).
WHERE : California 1st District Court of Appeal, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California, 94102
WHEN: T hurdsay, June 9, 2011, 9 a.m. docket
About Pacific Legal Foundation: Donor-supported PLF (http://www.pacificlegal.org/) is the leading watchdog organization that litigates, without charge, for limited government, property rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide. PLF has litigated successfully against abuses of power by the Coastal Commission at all levels of the judiciary, including the landmark U.S. Supreme Court property rights victory, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (1987).