San Diego County Pays $1 Million Because of Inadequate Environmental Plan

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted September 15 to reimburse the Sierra Club for approximately $1 million in legal fees for a suit challenging the county’s climate change policy.

The Sierra Club sued three years ago, arguing that the county’s plan did not have the required specifics and enforcement measures. A trial court and the Court of Appeal both agreed, finding that the county did not meet the California Environmental Quality Act’s requirements. The state Supreme Court declined the county’s petition to review the case. (CalTax: This probably was good news for taxpayers, as the reimbursement for legal expenses would have been even higher after the county lost at the Supreme Court.) (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, September 16.)

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