Taps has filed 2 CEQA lawsuits (California Environmental Quality Act) against the City (update - 3rd filed 7/28/16). This is just one part of our efforts to get the City to do things right. Our goal is to stop the City from rubber-stamping these projects without considering how they impact our area. The only way to enforce CEQA laws is by litigation. We find it very sad that residents have needed to organize to take actions like these in order to get the City to mitigate the negative impacts of their own plan for development.
The first lawsuit is regarding the proposed development at Pacific and 3rd. There's an earlier update on this website called "Underparked project at Pacific & 3rd" describing what happened. Since this project was defined in the proposal, it was not a simple sale of land. Therefore, the City is required by California Environmental Quality Act laws (CEQA) to do an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at the earliest opportunity to determine impacts to the area. They should not have filed an exemption. You can view the Petition for Writ of Mandate for the 1st lawsuit here.
TAPS filed a second lawsuit for similar reasons regarding projects at 125-133 North Long Beach Boulevard and 234-248 East Broadway.
TAPS filed a third lawsuit for similar reasons for projects at 200-232 Long Beach Blvd.