Don’t Cell Our Parks v. City of San Diego

GDB represented real party in interest, Verizon Wireless, in a challenge involving a faux tree macro facility to be installed in a dedicated City park and near a natural preserve area. The opponents claimed that the facility approval violated CEQA, was inconsistent with City zoning regulations, and was barred by a City Charter provision stating that structures in the park had to be consistent with recreational uses. GDB obtained a judgment in favor of its client in the trial court, and successfully handled the matter through an appeal, in which the trial court decision was upheld. This was the first known published decision on the proper use of a CEQA exemption for a faux tree macro facility. (Don’t Cell Our Parks v. City of San Diego (2018) 21 Cal.App.5th 338.)