Case History

P.A.U.S.E. v. Valley Center Sewer Assessment District - Julie represented a group of citizens opposed to the formation of a sewer assessment district during her second year of law school. Despite years of momentum behind the district and strong support from local political leaders, Julie was able to convince the Board of Supervisors that the district was not viable and would result in excessive costs to individual property owners. The Board of Supervisors denied formation of the district.

Sierra Club v. Imperial County - Julie represented the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club against Imperial County over their approval of a negative declaration for a new wallboard manufacturing built by United States Gypsum Corporation. US Gypsum was proposing to use more than two thirds of the groundwater available to the community of Ocotillo to service the plant and was not required to analyze the impacts of this water usage on the groundwater basin. The Court of Appeals ordered the Imperial County to shut down the plant until an Environmental Impact Report is prepared.

Furgatch v. 22nd District Agricultural Association - Julie represented a local Del Mar resident against the development of a shopping center and entertainment complex on the site of an existing driving range. She, along with many other community activists successfully convinced the Ag District to drop the project due to anticipated traffic congestion and impacts on the adjacent wetlands.

Sandy Lane v. San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority - Julie represents a group of Del Mar residents in their challenge to the Environmental Impact Report for the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project. The San Diego Superior Court found that the EIR was inadequate due to its failure to adequately address the impacts of the project on shoreline erosion, water quality, traffic, public safety and biology.