Calif. Property Owner Fined $4M For Permit Violations

Law360, New York (January 31, 2011, 2:34 PM EST) -- A California court has ordered a property owner and her manager to pay $3.9 million in fines and penalties for setting up a massive residential development in the Santa Monica Mountains without obtaining the required environmental permits.

Judge Holly Kendig of the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County awarded the fines and penalties to the California Coastal Commission on Thursday, finding that property owner Madalon Witter and her manager, Douglas Richardson, had been violating the California Coastal Act of 1976 since at least 1992....
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