The Sohagi Law Group
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Professional Staff


Margaret Moore Sohagi                      State Bar No. 126336
 
Professional Experience
 
2006-Present The Sohagi Law Group, PLC - Principal
2004-Present Instructor, Continuing Judicial Studies Program (Judges and Court Attorneys)
2004-Present Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California School of Law, Land Use Course
1988-2006 Fox & Sohagi, LLP - Partner
1999-2001 District Counsel, Cambria Community Services District
1985-1987 Burke, Williams & Sorensen - Attorney and Law Clerk
1985 State Attorney General's Office, Environmental Division - Intern
1978-1985 Land Use Planner for the City of Redondo Beach, Planning Consultant to the City of Huntington Beach and Pacific Planning Group, Idyllwild, California

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography/Ecosystems, University of California Los Angeles, 1977
  • Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, 1986

Areas of Specialization

Ms. Sohagi has extensive legal experience in various land use and environmental matters including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), wastewater regulation and fees, elections and initiatives, water quality and groundwater contamination issues (including MTBE), biosolids constitutional law (equal protection, due process, Section 1983, First Amendment), general and specific plans, district financing including capacity charges, rates, and assessments, mitigation fees, preemption, the Coastal Act, zoning, sensitive lands protection, Endangered Species Act, transfer of development rights, and land use and environmental mediation.

Practice Jurisdictions

  • California State Court
  • Central District Court of California
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California Law School
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association: Environmental and Public Law Sections; Real Property Section; Former Chair of the Land Use Subcommittee and Member of the Environmental Executive Committee
  • California State Bar: Public Law Section; Environmental Law Section
  • California Association of Wastewater Agencies
  • Member, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the Little Hoover Commission (former member)
  • Association of California Water Agencies
  • American Waterworks Association
  • American Planning Association
  • California State Bar, Public Law Executive Committee (1993-1999); Chair (1997-1998)
PARTIAL LISTING OF LEGAL WORK IN AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
Ms. Sohagi is one of the state's leading experts in CEQA and was an Adjunct Professor at USC School of Law for over six years where she taught land use. She is also an instructor for the Continuing Judicial Studies Program where she annually teaches introductory and advanced CEQA courses to Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Court Judges and court attorneys. Ms. Sohagi regularly teaches for UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, and Association of Environmental Professionals on CEQA, both introductory and advanced courses. She was awarded the 2006 Inaugural Dean's Distinguished Instructor Award from UCLA Extension for over 15 years of excellence in teaching.
 
Ms. Sohagi has reviewed the legal adequacy of environmental impact reports ("EIR") and environmental impact statements ("EIS") and provided subsequent defense, as necessary, for numerous public agencies including the State of California (Public Utilities Commission and Department of Fish and Game), Los Angeles World Airports, the Port of Los Angeles, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Arcadia, Burbank, Cambria Community Services District, Calleguas Water District, Carlsbad, Carpinteria, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Fillmore, Glendale Redevelopment Agency, Loma Linda, County of Marin, County of Monterey, Oceanside, Orange, Oxnard, Riverside, Rohnert Park, San Diego Association of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments and Vista.
 
Recent CEQA/NEPA matters:
 
Los Angeles World Airports. CEQA and NEPA advice for matters relating to Los Angeles International Airport ("LAX") Master Plan and projects.
 
Port of Los Angeles. Legal review of several EIR/EISs for Port expansion projects including TraPac, Southwest Marine, San Pedro Waterfront, Pacific Energy and Channel Deepening.
 
Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Los Angeles. Conquest Student Housing, LLC v. Community Redevelopment Agency and Knoll, et al. v. Community Redevelopment Agency. CEQA advice regarding the University Gateway Project EIR for a mixed use project adjacent to the University of Southern California.
 
County of Monterey. LandWatch Monterey County, et al. vs. County of Monterey and Helping Our Peninsula's Environment vs. Monterey County Board of Supervisors. CEQA and planning advice regarding the General Plan update and defense thereof.
 
California Public Utilities Commission. Legal review of EIR/EIS for construction of high voltage (500 kilovolt) electric transmission line through California and Arizona, known as Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 (DPV2) and upgrades of transmission facilities in an existing transmission line corridor that passes through the multiple cities, counties in both California and Arizona and federal and tribal lands.
 
California Public Utilities Commission. Legal review of EIR/EIS for construction of the 500 kilovolt transmission project, proposed by Southern California Edison. The Project includes some National Forest land and requires a 50-year term Special Use Easement from the Forest Services.
 
California Public Utilities Commission - Sunrise Powerlink Project. Legal review of EIR/EIS proposed by San Diego Gas and Electric involving multiple parties and agencies.
 
Southern California Association of Governments. CEQA advice regarding regional goods movement; Regional Transportation Plan; Regional Comprehensive Plan.
 
Southern California Association of Governments. Legal review of proposals for Governor's Committee on CEQA Reform and advice regarding Regional Comprehensive Plan and Regional Transportation Plan.
 
San Diego Association of Governments. CEQA/NEPA legal review of adequacy of Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Comprehensive Plan.
 
County of Los Angeles. Legal review of CEQA requirements for Agua Dulce Airport expansion and permit modifications.
 
California Department of Fish and Game. Legal review of EIR for Newhall Ranch Master Plan development, in-house CEQA training workshops.
 
City of Redondo Beach. CEQA advice and litigation counsel relating to moratoriums, Harbor Pier amendments, non-conforming uses, zoning and general land use matters.
 
Arie DeJong, et al., v. City of Vista, et al. Legal defense of the City of Vista in a CEQA lawsuit brought by a commercial property owner regarding zoning issues.
 
City of Buena Park. Land Use advice regarding a mixed use development project.
 
City of Murrieta. CEQA and Land Use advice regarding a specific plan amendment for a development project.
 
City of Encinitas. Legal review of EIR for 42-acre public park, CEQA advice regarding greenhouse gas emissions analysis, air quality analysis, review of project alternatives; Legal review of EIR for beach bluff protection project.
 
City of La Mesa. Legal review of a mixed-use overlay zone and accompanying Draft EIR.
 
Kern Water Bank Authority. CEQA advice regarding state water project.
 
San Gabriel River Discover Center. Legal review of EIR/EIS air quality chapter and greenhouse gas analysis.
 
City of Long Beach v. Moffatt & Nichol. Represented City of Long Beach in Sports Park EIR and contaminated site litigation.
 
Oceanside Citizens Against the Airport v. City of Oceanside. Defense of mitigated negative declaration prepared for City's Master Airport Plan project and successful settlement.
 
City of Long Beach. Represented City of Long Beach in dispute with City of Signal Hill regarding radio tower.
 
County of Los Angeles. Ongoing legal advice to the Department of Public Works regarding water, wastewater and infrastructure and other projects.
 
Cambria Community Services District. Review of County of San Luis Obispo's North Coast Area Coastal Plan and EIR regarding Hearst development proposal, desalination plant, and other public facilities and annexations.
 
City of Burbank. Review of EIRs for contaminated sites, including the Lockheed and ITT sites.
 
City of El Monte v. City of Arcadia. Successfully defended challenge to Arcadia's certification of EIR for landfill reclamation; the Court of Appeal upheld the trial court.
 
Glendale Redevelopment Agency. Review of EIRs for several projects.
 
Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. Review of EIRs for several projects, including sites of historical significance.
 
City of Oxnard. Review of various groundwater issues in Ventura County, including MTBE soil and groundwater contamination.
 
City of Oxnard v. County of Ventura; CalMat. Successfully challenged the certification of an EIR relating to deep pit mining.
 
City of Rancho Mirage v. County of Riverside (Rancho Mirage Industrial Park); City of Rancho Mirage v. County of Riverside. (10/74 Partners; Price Company) (trial court cases). Challenge to County's EIR certification and general plan adequacy.
 
San Diego Association of Governments adv. California Lobster and Trap Fishermen's Association. Challenge to SANDAG's EIR/EIS for beach replenishment project.
 
San Diego Association of Governments. Review of EIR for Multiple Species Habitat Plan for North San Diego County.
 
T&S Development, Inc. v. City of Riverside; Martin v. City of Riverside (trial court cases). Defense of City's EIR certification for shopping center expansion.
 
North San Diego County Transit District v. City of Vista. Challenge to the District's certification of EIR relating to the light rail system.
 
City of Vista. Legal counsel to City relating to the EIR for the Regional Solid Waste Authority's trash transfer station.
 
County of Los Angeles v. County of Ventura. Successfully represented County of Los Angeles in CEQA challenge to Ahmanson Ranch.
 
County of Los Angeles. Legal review and drafting of amendment to County's Santa Monica Mountains Plan (ridgeline ordinance).
 
Hoffman v. County of Los Angeles. Defense of CEQA challenge to County's ridgeline ordinance.
 
Park Lands Ranch v. County of Los Angeles. Defense of CEQA challenge to County's ridgeline ordinance.
 
County of Marin. CEQA advice regarding General Plan update.
 
County of Monterey. CEQA advice regarding General Plan update.
 
City of Chula Vista. CEQA advice regarding General Plan update.
 
City of Riverside. CEQA advice regarding proposed Super Wal-Mart and Specific Plan.
 
Citizens for Preservation of Coronado Beach v. City of Coronado. CEQA challenge to mitigated negative declaration for Lifeguard Services Building, alleged inconsistency with City's Local Coastal Program and General Plan.
 

Capital Facilities/Impact Fees/Assessment.
 
Ms. Sohagi is a co-author of Exactions and Impact Fees in California: A Comprehensive Guide to Policy, Practice and the Law. Co-authors include William Abbott, Peter Detwiler, Thomas Jacobson, and Harriet Steiner.
 
The Regents of the University of California v. The City of Los Angeles. Represent the City Department of Water and Power, and its Department of Public Works in defense of a challenge to water and wastewater rates.
 
East Bay Municipal Utility District. Review District's Water System Capacity Service Charge to determine whether consistency with constitutional and statutory law and court decisions. The review included focus on the District's authority to set and collect charges and the legal defensibility of the methodology.
 
Utility Cost Management v. East Bay Municipal Utility District (2000) 79 Cal.App.4th 1242. Successfully defended challenge to District rates and charges.
 
Rincon, etc. v. San Diego County Water Authority (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 813. Successfully defended the water authority through summary judgment in a challenge by some of its members relating to water rates.
 
Utility Cost Management v. Indian Wells Valley Water District (2001) 26 Cal.4th 1885. Amicus brief defending challenge to water rates before California Supreme Court.
 
UC Regents v. East Bay Municipal Utility District. Defended challenge to District's water and wastewater rates. Petition for review pending before the California Supreme Court.
 
Trident v. East Bay Municipal Utility District (settled). Defended challenge to District's capacity rates and charges.
 
City of Long Beach. Development of sewer facilities, transportation and parks and recreation impact fees. The Firm developed an impact fee calculation methodology which requires new development to "buy-in" to the extensive, existing infrastructure of the City, thus providing funds for much needed capacity expansion and facility replacement. The Firm provided services to the City following ordinance adoption on specific legal issues that arose from developer appeals and specific applications of the impact fee requirements as well as on the adoption of the transportation impact fee ordinance initially as an emergency measure, and subsequently as a permanent ordinance.
 
City of Rohnert Park. Development of a capital facilities financing program and annexation policies for properties outside the City limits.
 
City of Fillmore. Development of impact fees for capital improvements including water, sewer and storm drainage, transportation, public facilities improvements (police, fire and civic facilities) and park fees.
 
City of Oceanside. Evaluated existing City impact fees for capital facility improvements. Designed calculated methodology and updated fees. Drafted procedural ordinance, resolutions adopting fees and supporting staff reports.
 
City of Oxnard. Reviewed City's impact fees as to legal adequacy and provided City with supporting analysis.
 
City of Simi Valley. Reviewed City's impact fees as to legal adequacy and drafting procedural ordinance.
 
City of Carpenteria. Development of integrated financing system related to a local coastal land use plan for the Carpenteria Bluffs.
 
City of La Habra. Defended challenge to City's traffic fee assessment. Ongoing legal advice regarding inclusionary housing program.
 
San Diego Association of Governments. Legal review and drafting of TransNet tax extension and ballot measure.
 
San Juan Unified School District v. Fair Oaks Water District. Defended Fair Oaks' water rates under San Marcos Legislation.
 

Water Quality: MTBE, Groundwater Contamination and Remediation, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
 
Cambria Community Services District ("CCSD"). The Firm was responsible for the legal analysis and management of one of the first MTBE contamination lawsuits against a major oil company. Ms. Sohagi retained and managed outside legal counsel and technical experts and provided legal advice and oversight of all aspects of the case. This included a factual analysis of all MTBE sites, viable causes of action, theories of recovery and appropriate clean-up standards. As District Counsel, Ms. Sohagi assisted the CCSD's technical team on plume delineation, replacement water investigation, cost recovery and remediation techniques.
 
CCSD. Represented CCSD in related administrative proceedings including testifying at hearings before the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and interfacing with Department of Health Services, County Health Department, District Attorney's office and other impacted jurisdictions.
 
East Bay Municipal Utility District. Defense of District's water and wastewater rates.
 
Rincon v. San Diego Water Authority (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 813. Defense of water rates.
 
CCSD. Successfully negotiated and obtained $1.6 million loan from the UST grant program for upstream emergency replacement well and negotiated partial settlement agreement with oil company to provide a temporary granulated activated carbon filter system for emergency use of groundwater.
 
CCSD. Developed discharge and clean-up standards for MTBE, TBA and other hydrocarbon by-products, consistent with the State anti-degradation policy.
 
CCSD. Provided advice to districts and cities regarding various water quality issues, including TMDLs, bacterial contamination of creeks, streams and beaches, PCE/TCE and other legacy contaminants, and emerging contaminants including pharmaceuticals.
 
City of Oxnard v. County of Ventura (CalMat). Successfully challenged County's failure to identify and analyze water quality impacts in EIR, including MTBE, from open pit mines.
 
City of Carpenteria. Opposed the County of Ventura's comprehensive greenhouse zoning ordinance which did not adequately address agricultural runoff into an 'impaired' surface water body.

 
Land Use, General Plans/Specific Plans.
 
County of Los Angeles. Legal review of issues relating to Agua Dulce Airport expansion, preemption, local, state and federal airport regulations and violations of permit conditions.
 
County of Los Angeles. Represent County in its opposition to the redevelopment of a Westside army base and the Veterans Administration property.
 
City of Vista. Legal review of proposed citizen's initiative. Subsequently mediated general plan/initiative conflict between City and concerned citizens.
 
City of Chula Vista. CEQA review of General Plan update.
 
County of Los Angeles. Legal review and drafting of amendment (ridgeline ordinance) to Santa Monica Mountains Northland Plan.
 
City of Loma Linda. Holland Partners v. City of Loma Linda. Successful defense of City's Measure V, a citizens measure adding a managed growth element to a general plan, on-going legal advice regarding general plan update, Affordable Housing Element and drafting Interim Development Ordinance.
 
County of Marin. Legal review of adequacy of General Plan update and EIR.
 
County of Monterey. LandWatch Monterey County, et al. vs. County of Monterey and Helping Our Peninsula's Environment vs. Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Legal review of adequacy of General Plan update and related litigation.
 
Project Planners v. City of Oceanside. Settled lawsuit relating to hillside residential development through mediation.
 
Weiner v. City of Glendale. Settled lawsuit relating to residential development regarding environmental impacts.
 
City of Arcadia. Legal and planning advice to City relating to general plan update, specific plan and development agreement.
 
City of Rohnert Park. Legal and planning advice to City relating to general, specific plan and annexation issues.
 
City of Santa Barbara. Drafted transfer of existing development rights program.
 
Garat v. City of Riverside (1991) 2 Cal.App.4th 259. Defended City in challenges to Riverside's growth management measure and General Plan.
 
Citizens Against the Airport v. City of Oceanside. Legal review of Master Plan and airport expansion issues including preemption and noise.
 
Review of general plan elements, specific plans and other planning tools for legal adequacy including the Cities of Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Loma Linda, Oceanside, Redondo Beach, Rohnert Park, Simi Valley, and Vista and the Counties of Los Angeles, Marin, and Monterey.

 
Elections and Initiatives.
 
County of Monterey. LandWatch Monterey County, et al. vs. County of Monterey and Helping Our Peninsula's Environment vs. Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Legal review of adequacy of General Plan update and related litigation.
 
San Diego Association of Governments. Successful sales tax ballot. Drafted initiative for transportation infrastructure (TransNet).
 
Farmer v. Cambria Community Services District. Successfully defended District in challenge regarding capital facilities initiative.
 
Holland Partners v. City of Loma Linda. Defense of City in legal challenge to growth management initiative.
 
City of Loma Linda. Ongoing legal advice regarding incorporation of Initiative Measure V into General Plan and implementing regulations.
 
Long Beach Equities v. County of Ventura (City of Simi Valley) (1991) 231 Cal.App.3d 1016; CoastFed v. City of Simi Valley; and Griffin Homes, Inc. v. City of Simi Valley. Challenges to City's growth management measure.
 
Hollywood Park v. City of Cypress. Defense of City initiative B green belt and open space. Pre-election challenge.
 
Building Industry Association v. Superior Court (Oceanside) (1989) 211 Cal.App.3d 277; and Four Related Actions. Challenges to Oceanside's growth management initiative, including alleged regulatory takings.
 
Garat v. City of Riverside (1991) 2 Cal.App.4th 259. Defended City in challenges to Riverside's growth management measure and General Plan.
 
Vezie v. City of Oceanside. Represented the City in challenge to placing referendum petition on the ballot.
 
Riverside Tomorrow v. City of Riverside. Defense of City's rejection of referendum petition.
 
Cambria Community Services District. As District Counsel, ongoing legal review of all election code issues.
 
Cambria Community Services District. Legal review of initiative measure re desalination plant.
 
Cambria Community Services District. Legal review and implementation of advisory ballot measure.
 
Cambria Community Services District. Drafted model regional growth management legislation, interpreted and implemented several managed growth initiative measures, drafted managed growth implementation criteria and moratorium ordinances, testified before Assembly Committee on Local Government regarding growth management and regional planning issues.

 
Constitutional Law.
 
Holland Partners v. City of Loma Linda. Defense of City in a challenge to initiative measure on affordable housing grounds, including Federal Fair Housing Act claims.
 
City of Pleasant Hill. Drafted adult use ordinance. Represented City on First Amendment and adult use issues. Defense of challenge to ordinance, amortization hearings, task force on adult use, enforcement actions, settlement negotiations.
 
City of Escondido. Legal review of existing adult use ordinance.
 
City of Rolling Hills Estates. Legal advice regarding expansion of church.
 
City of Vista. Legal advice regarding expansion of church.
 
City of El Monte. Legal advice regarding application for religious institution.
 
Homes by Polygon v. City of Glendale. Regulatory inverse condemnation action involving City's adoption of hillside ordinance.
 
Vadnais v. Cambria Community Services District. Civil rights and inverse condemnation challenge to the District's allocation of water allotments for multi-family units. Successfully demurred to the second amended complaint and motion to strike under the anti-SLAPP statute.
 
Citizens for Responsible Government v. County of Los Angeles. Defeated coalition's request for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction relating to the County's adoption of a hillside ordinance. The case was dismissed by the plaintiff.
 
Land Use Preservation Fund; Hoffman v. County of Los Angeles. Defense of challenge to County's ridgeline ordinance.
 
Park Lands Ranch v. County of Los Angeles. Defense of challenge to County's ridgeline ordinance.
 
Tensor Group, Ltd. v. City of Glendale (1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 154. Successfully defended City in temporary takings challenge alleging adoption of illegal moratorium.
 
Weiner v. City of Glendale. Inverse condemnation and Code of Civil Procedure ' 1094.5 challenges to City's second denial of application to develop 30 acre hillside parcel.
 
Federated Development Trust, Ltd. v. City of Rancho Mirage. Lawsuit included Section 1983 claims against city attorney and individual councilmembers seeking punitive damages for alleged interference with development agreement rights (settled).
 
Gregg Development, Inc., Oakmont View, LLC v. City of Glendale, Glendale City Council. Petition and complaint seeking writ of mandate, damages, declaratory relief, due process and takings claims over asserted 'delays' in the completion of an EIR.

 
Growth Management.
 
County of Monterey. LandWatch Monterey County, et al. vs. County of Monterey and Helping Our Peninsula’s Environment vs. Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Legal review of adequacy of General Plan update and related litigation.
 
City of Chula Vista. Legal review of and opinion regarding proposed amendment to City's Growth Management Plan.
 
City of Chula Vista. Legal opinion regarding building caps.
 
Holland Partners v. City of Loma Linda. Defense of the City's Measure V, a citizens measure adding a managed growth element to the general plan.
 
City of Loma Linda. Ongoing legal advice regarding incorporation of Measure V into General Plan and implementing regulations.
 
Building Industry Association of San Diego v. Superior Court (City of Oceanside) (1989) 211 Cal.App.3d 277; Ivey Ranch Technology Park, Inc. v. City of Oceanside; Lemont Financial Corporation v. City of Oceanside; Ranch Development Corp. v. City of Oceanside; Del Oro Hills v. City of Oceanside (trial court cases). Defense of City's managed growth ordinance initiative.

 
Affordable Housing.
 
Former member of Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, an advisory committee to the Little Hoover Commission.
 
Review of local jurisdictions' housing elements regarding legal adequacy including Cities of Fillmore, Oceanside, Rohnert Park and Simi Valley.
 
City of Oxnard. Development of affordable housing project.
 
Holland Partners v. City of Loma Linda. Defense of City in a challenge to initiative measure on affordable housing grounds.
 
BIA/Del Oro Hills v. City of Oceanside. Defense of City's managed growth ordinance, particularly affordable housing.
 
Griffin Homes, Inc. v. City of Simi Valley; Long Beach Equities v. City of Simi Valley; CoastFed v. City of Simi Valley. Defense of City's managed growth ordinance including affordable housing issues.
 
Hatcher v. City of Oceanside, et al. Represented cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and Encinitas in regional homeless housing supply case. Settled through mediation.

 
Coastal Planning and Sensitive Lands Protection.
 
1976 Coastal Act. Implemented the Act for various coastal cities including drafting the coastal land use plan and permitting procedures, drafted wetlands and coastal access guidelines.
 
Cambria Community Services District. Review of County of San Luis Obispo's North Coast Area Coastal Plan update (Hearst Property).
 
City of Carlsbad. Legal review of habitat management plan and municipal golf course within coastal zone. Provide legal advice to City regarding Coastal Act and Federal Consistency Doctrine.
 
City of Carpenteria. Provide legal and planning advice regarding Local Coastal Plan Amendment and EIR for coastal bluffs and wetlands as well as County greenhouse rezoning proposal.
 
City of Glendale. Review of City's hillside protection ordinance and subsequent defense in multiple takings lawsuits.
 
City of Huntington Beach. Designed local implementation procedures and worked on legal opinion regarding coastal conservation zoning and mitigation for wetlands area.
 
City of Morro Bay. Drafted interim development ordinance for coastal zone within the City.
 
City of Redondo Beach. Drafted coastal land use plan and permitting procedures. Appeared before the California Coastal Commission on various planning and permit matters on behalf of local jurisdictions.
 
San Diego Association of Governments. Reviewed North San Diego County MSHCP and EIR for legal defensibility.

 
Development Agreements.
 
City of Chula Vista. Review of Development Agreement for Otay Ranch Development.
 
City of Burbank. Review of proposed development agreement regarding the Lockheed site.
 
City of Rialto. Review of proposed development agreement regarding landfill and mining project.
 
Estrella v. City of San Clemente (trial court case). Enforcement and defense of a development agreement involving land use and drainage issues.

 
Biosolids.
 
As District Counsel to a wastewater/water provider, Ms. Sohagi worked extensively on the legal aspects of the wastewater regulatory framework in California, including federal, state and local Regulations and Orders.
 
Aware that Kern County was phasing out land applications of biosolids and that sludge hauling would soon be impracticable, Ms. Sohagi, as District Counsel, along with the General Manager and the sanitation team, embarked upon a two-year program to investigate and implement alternative approaches to sludge disposal. Ms. Sohagi also investigated alternative technologies, including aerobic digesters, which provide for onsite volatile sludge conversion. Ms. Sohagi successfully drafted and negotiated a contract.
 
California Association of Wastewater Agencies, Legal Committee. Ms. Sohagi has been frequently invited to provide legal updates.
 

 
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES IN AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
 
Book - Funding Open Space Acquisition Programs: A Guide for Local Agencies in California, primary contributor with Bill Higgins, Anya Lawler, Betsy Strauss and Terry Watt.
 
Book - Exactions and Impact Fees in California, co-editor with William Abbott, Peter Detwiler, Thomas Jacobson and Harriet Stein, Solano Press.
 
Introduction to CEQA, UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, annual program since 1991.
 
Advanced CEQA Update: Topics & Issues, UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, annual program since 1992.
 
Land Use Conference, UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, annual program since 1992.
 
Planning in Multi-Cultural Communities: When Design Becomes Discrimination, co-authored with Janna Sidley, UCLA Land Use Conference, January 2007.
 
Sex and other Signs of First Amendment Life, presented at City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County retreat, Oxnard, California, March 2006
 
Sex (and God) in the City: Adult Businesses and the Religious Land Use Institutionalized Persons Act, presented at the League of California Cities, City Attorney's Continuing Education, February 2005.
 
National Impact Fees Roundtable. Inclusionary Housing Impact Fees, October 2004.
 
Adult Uses and Religious Institutions: A First Amendment Update; Adult Use Zoning: Sex in the Cities, presented to Orange County City Attorneys, August 2004.
 
Top Ten NEPA And CEQA Mistakes, Offices Of Los Angeles City Attorney.
 
Sex and the Cities: An Update on Adult Use Regulation, presented to Contra Costa City Attorneys, November 2001.
 
CEQA Workshop, Critical Questions To Ask Your Staff, presented to the California Department of Fish & Game, March 2001.
 
1999 CEQA and Land Use Workshop, County of San Luis Obispo, February 1999.
 
Exactions, Fees, Dedications: Law, Policy & Practice, UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, September 1997.
 
Spend a Penny Today to Save A Pound Tomorrow - A Practical Analysis of Recent CEQA Litigation, Los Angeles County Bar Association Land Use Planning Newsletter, August 1997.
 
CEQA Update, presented at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Land Use Planning Subsection, February 1997.
 
1996 CEQA Workshop, Association of Environmental Professionals, March 1996.
 
Summary of 1995/1996 CEQA Cases, Los Angeles County Bar Land Use Planning Subsection, February 1996.
 
Summary of 1995 CEQA Cases, American Planning Association Conference, October 1995.
 
Impact Fees, American Water Works Association Annual Conference, June 1995.
 
Perspectives column for CEB Land Use & Environment Forum, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 1995.
 
Resolving Land Use and Environmental Conflict with Mediation, UCLA Extension Public Policy Program, April 1995.
 
Latest Trends in CEQA, American Planning Association Annual Program.
 
Subdivision Map Act Workshop, presented to the Antelope Valley Bar Association and the City of Palmdale, October 1994.
 
Who is the Client? Ethics and the Public Lawyer, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, February 1994.
 
Subdivision Map Act, jointly sponsored by CEB and the State Bar Real Property Law Section and Public Law Section, 1994.
 
Lucas May Be Settled - But The Law on Regulatory Taking Is Not, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, September 1993.
 
Developer Fees, Eighth Annual Conference of Southern California City Attorneys, March 13, 1993.
 
Drafting a Defensible EIR, published in CEB Land Use Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1993.
 
Comment on SB 1287 B School Impact Fees, published in CEB Land Use Forum, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1993.
 
Local Government Incentives for Regionalism, presented at the American Planning Association Annual Conference, November 1992.
 
Resolving Land Use Disputes: Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation, testimony before the Joint Interim Hearing of Senate Select Committee on Planning for California's Growth, Senate Committee on Local Government, November 6, 1992.
 
Takings, Vested Rights and Development Agreements, presented at State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Real Property Section, October 1992.
 
Trying A Taking Case, presented at NIMLO, September 14, 1992.
 
CEQA: Thresholds of Significance, an all day seminar sponsored by the Association of Environmental Planners, Los Angeles Chapter, June 9, 1992.
 
Land Use and the Environment: The Legal Framework, American Planning Association/ AICP Workshop, April 11, 1992.
 
Developer Fees, CEB Land Use Forum, Summer 1992.
 
Mediating Land Use Disputes: Keeping Policy Decisions Out of the Courtroom and in the Public Arena, CEB Land Use Forum, Summer 1992.
 
1991 Case Highlights, Keynote speaker, California APA Legislative Update, Ontario, California, December 1991.
 
Recent California Growth Management Cases, presented at San Diego American Planning Association, San Diego, November 1991.
 
Coming to Grips with Land Use and Fiscal Issues in the 90's, workshop presented by Freilich, Stone, Leitner & Carlisle, hosted by the City of Carpenteria, August 1991
 
State Responses to Regional Planning, testimony before the Assembly Committee on Local Government, October 1990.
 
Making Defensible CEQA Findings, League of California Cities, October 1990.
 
CEQA as a Regional Planning Tool, presented at Freilich, Stone, Leitner & Carlisle Regional Resource Management Conference, October 1990.
 
Mediation of Land Use and Environmental Disputes, presented at Freilich, Stone, Leitner & Carlisle Regional Resource Management Conference, October 1990.
 
Impact Fees, California American Planning Association, California Annual Conference, October 1990.
 
Update on Current Land Use Cases, Luncheon Speaker, American Planning Association, Los Angeles, December 1989.
 
A Local Government's Survival Kit; How to Avoid Land Use and Environmental Litigation, UCLA, September 1989.
 
AB 3180, the CEQA Monitoring Legislation, American Planning Association, Orange County, February 1989.
 
Techniques for Effective Regional Planning, American Planning Association, December 1988.
 
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