Client Successes Nov 13, 2013

BB&K Successfully Defends CEQA Challenge to City of Riverside Power Project

Attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk garner victory in California

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk successfully defended the City of Riverside against claims its environmental review of a power transmission project were inadequate. Power to the City of Riverside, the largest city in the Inland Empire with a population of 313,670, is currently delivered by a single transmission line.

To address potential power shortages, the City designed the Riverside Transmission and Reliability Project. The RTRP would provide a second connection to the transmission grid and protect Riverside against the blackouts that occur whenever service through the existing line is interrupted. The Project includes two new substations, several 69 kV subtransmission lines to deliver power to areas throughout Riverside, and a 230 kV transmission line — a portion of which would be within the city limits of the City of Jurupa Valley. The City of Jurupa Valley filed a California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit challenging the Project approvals and Riverside’s Environmental Impact Report under CEQA.

All of Jurupa Valley's claims were rejected via a judgment entered on May 1, 2014 in the Los Angeles Superior Court. On Nov. 6, 2015, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in full and ruled that Riverside’s EIR fully complied with CEQA.

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