Sunset Sky Ranch Pilots Ass'n v. County of Sacramento, No. S165861
Court of Appeals' reversal of a trial court's denial of plaintiffs' mandamus petition seeking to prevent the closure of a private airport, holding that defendant-county's action amounted to a project requiring environmental review under CEQA, is reversed as: 1) declining to renew the conditional use permit was not a public project under CEQA because the county did not directly undertake to close the airport, but simply decided not to reauthorize a private activity that required a permit; and 2) as the airport operation was the project in question, projects rejected by a public agency are specifically exempted from CEQA requirements.
Appeal from Sacramento County Super. Ct. No. 06CS00265
Filed December 28, 2009
Before: George, C. J., Baxter, J., Chin, J., Corrigan, J., Kennard, J., Moreno, J., and Werdegar, J.,
Opinion by Corrigan, J.
For Appellant: Law Office of Lanny T. Winberry and Lanny T. Winberry
For Appellee: Robert A. Ryan, County Counsel, and Krista C. Whitman, Deputy County Counsel