Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sunnyvale PAMF Plans Demolition and Excavation Despite CEQA Litigation


Despite the Sunnyvale Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMFEnvironmental Impact Report (EIR) CEQA Legal Dispute, Building Permit Plans have been submitted to the City of Sunnyvale to begin demolition and excavation in February.

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According to Sunnyvale Planner Steve Lynch, PAMF has submitted plans for the foundation and grading permits (first submittals) and staff is currently reviewing the package. Cynthia Greaves, Public Affairs Manager for PAMF, relayed “demolition of the old medical building will take about two weeks, after which the construction company will prepare the site for the excavation of the parking structure. A temporary fence will be placed around the work site perimeter as a safety barrier.”

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations.    Continue reading

Sunnyvale West CEQA Win Rippling Effect Throughout California Courtrooms


The Sunnyvale West v City of Sunnyvale Council Appellate CEQA win is causing an immediate impact and rippling effect throughout the state of California courtrooms. In Southern California, for example, attorneys for both sides are using the Sunnyvale decision as arguments for the Expo Line Phase 2 lawsuit.

Published Dec 22, 2010 “The Sunnyvale Decision” and Phase II of Expo: Game Changer or Footnote?  Damien Newton writes “After NFSR lawyer John Bowman introduced case-law that was decided five days ago, Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Association v. City of Sunnyvale City Council, things changed.  In Sunnyvale, a state superior court ruled that the city’s environmental review of a road extension violated state law because it based it’s review on traffic projections for 2020 instead of current conditions.  The mitigation plan for Expo are based on traffic projections for 2030.”   Continue reading