Litigants in a recent Landwatch San Luis Obispo lawsuit against the Cambria Community Services District haven’t decided yet whether they’ll appeal a judge’s decision denying the suit’s allegations about CCSD’s permit process to build an emergency water-supply project that the district now wants to convert to a permanent facility.
The project is on the district’s San Simeon Creek Road property, and the plant has been tested, modified and used periodically since its completion in 2014.
“Landwatch is obviously disappointed with the ruling, and we are still evaluating the question of an appeal,’’ said Deborah Sivas, an environmental law professor who worked with the Stanford Law Clinic on the lawsuit. “But the implications of the decision are troublesome.”
Sivas has said in the past that the lawsuit was never intended to stop the project but was to force the district to follow California environmental law and prepare a full and comprehensive environmental impact report for the project.
Judge Ginger Garrett filed her 11-page final ruling July 27 on the Landwatch San Luis Obispo petition against the CCSD and some San Luis Obispo County and state agencies. The judge’s ruling can be appealed to the California 2nd District Court of Appeal within 60 days of the date the ruling is officially filed.