By Robert Haugh
The City of Santa Clara announced yesterday that it won another legal battle with the City of San Jose. This is a big time victory in the Mission City’s “border war” with the Garden City. It’s like winning a War Games cage match in professional wrestling.
Judge Marie S. Weiner of the San Mateo County Superior Court issued a judgement in favor of Santa Clara and the Related Companies and denied San Jose’s petition challenging the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the City Place project.
“San Jose, like any city, certainly has a right to challenge another city’s development. This ruling confirms that Santa Clara takes good planning and development seriously and validates the quality and adequacy of our environmental review,” said Mayor Lisa Gillmor in the city’s press release.
In June, 2016, the City Council approved the City Place project. It’s a 240-acre mixed-use development located across from Levi’s Stadium on the current golf course. This will be one of the largest projects on the west coast and will be a new downtown for Santa Clara.
But San Jose sued to try to slow down or stop the project or extract concessions and money using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). But they lost — again. As we previously reported, San Jose tried to get Santa Clara’s case dismissed in June, 2017, but failed.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal said in August, 2017, that City Place and the Santana West development, where Santa Clara is suing San Jose to force traffic improvements, are battles with “billions of dollars of development and tens of thousands of future jobs at stake.”
According to the Business Journal, Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta and Councilwoman Patty Mahan pushed for Santa Clara to settle the lawsuit and concede to San Jose’s demands before the final ruling. It’s good for Santa Clara that they lost and the city won.