Judge Halts Niles Canyon Road Widening Project

Court Issues Injunction; Legal Challenge to Caltrans’ Inadequate Environmental Review Will Proceed to Trial

In a victory for environmental protection and transparency in public agency decisions,Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch today issued a preliminary injunction barring Caltrans from initiating construction on the first phase of the controversial $80 million highway widening project in Niles Canyon along Alameda Creek.

In ruling that the Alameda Creek Alliance may proceed to trial challenging the inadequate environmental review for the Route 84 “Safety Improvement” project, the judge severely lambasted Caltrans’ clandestine project approval and obstruction of the public process. The ruling effectively prevents Caltrans from construction activities until February 2012, and could ultimately result in a ruling that an Environmental Impact Report must be prepared for the project.

Read today’s press release here

Help Us Celebrate

Come to the July 17 Film and Dinner Fundraiser for our Lawsuit to Protect Niles Canyon, in Niles

Join the Alameda Creek Alliance and Save Niles Canyon for dinner, drinks and a movie at the Silent Film Museum in Niles. The feature film is the acclaimed documentary River of Renewal, which tells the story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon’s Klamath Basin and the struggle to restore the Klamath River salmon runs. Producer Steve Most will attend the screening and answer questions after the film.

All proceeds will benefit the Alameda Creek Alliance’s efforts to protect Niles Canyon, to fund the lawsuit challenging the Caltrans highway widening project. Tickets are $25 – send a check to ACA or also available at the door.

Please RSVP to Rich Cimino by July 13.  To get Rich’s e-mail address, run all these words together: “yellow billed tours“, then add an “at” and a “gmail” dot c0m — sorry to make this difficult, but we don’t want Rich’s address to get harvested by spam bots.  More details coming soon.

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