What Happened: A federal judge with the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California ruled Redondo Beach and CenterCal Properties should be litigated in state court, it was reported.
The recent ruling means federal court will sit on the sidelines as Redondo Beach and CenterCal flesh out their legal differences in California Superior Court.
CenterCal reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Redondo Beach in March 2017, arguing its due process and property rights were violated when the city’s residents approved a ballot initiative. The initiative, known as Measure C, was a slow growth proposal challenging CenterCal’s plans to revitalize King Harbor and the Redondo Beach waterfront.
What’s On Tap: The legal battle will likely remain in California’s Superior Court for now, focusing on land use issues. CenterCal would be able to appeal any Superior Court decision to the federal level, assuming the real estate development company believes any of its rights remain violated due to the lower court’s ruling.