We just learned that the 4th District Court of Appeals rendered its decision on our appeal of the original 2015 lawsuit.
In this appeal stemming from the original lawsuit, we included four issues that we had lost. They were: 1) Project Description (adjacency to Chino Hills State Park), 2) Fire Evacuation and Access, 3) Biology (impacts to sensitive plant species), and 4) the Project’s Water Use.
The Friday the 13th decision means the County needs to recirculate the Esperanza Hills Environmental Impact Report because of its deficiencies and inadequate analysis on project description, fire evacuation/access, and water use.
That’s the great news.
About 10 days ago, Judge Claster sided in favor of the County on the Return of the Writ–meaning we lost– but because we just won the appeal… it may not matter. We are gathering Intel on this currently.
And, because of this appeal win, our 2017 lawsuit may be moot. We shall see on this too!
We are going to celebrate on Saturday, October 21st at 6 PM at Wise Guys Pizzeria. The restaurant is located at: 4957 Yorba Ranch Road. Join us on the patio for an explanation and, better yet, celebrate a second court win. We’ve reserved the picnic tables.
Get your dinner at 6 PM and we’ll have some celebratory remarks around 6:30. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can give Wise Guys a heads up on the number of guests.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead