California Environmental Quality Act: Statutes and Guidelines (Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, California). The CEQA Guidelines describe the requirements for evaluating environmental impacts. Out of print; check in the government documents section of your local library, or CERES website at ceres.ca.gov/ceqa.
California Land Use and Planning Law, by Daniel J. Curtin Jr., (Solano Press, Pt. Arena, California), revised annually. A look at the planning, zoning, subdivision, and environmental quality laws that is illustrated by references to numerous court cases.
The General Plan Guidelines (Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, California). The Guidelines discuss local planning activities and how to write or revise a general plan.
Growth Within Bounds: Report of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century, 2000. Recommendations on future local governance options, including LAFCO reform. Out of print; check in the government documents section of your local library, or the Commission website at www.clg21.ca.gov.
A Guide to Planning in California, (League of Women Voters of California, Sacramento, California). An excellent summary of the processes of local and state government.
Guide to California Planning, by William J. Fulton (Solano Press, Point Arena, California). A lively, well-written discussion of nearly every aspect of planning in the State.
Open and Public: A User's Guide to The Ralph M. Brown Act, by the League of California Cities (League of California Cities, Sacramento, California), 1994. An easy to read explanation of the state's open meeting laws and the responsibilities of local government with regard to public meetings.
Subdivision Map Act Manual, by Daniel J. Curtin, Jr., (Solano Press, Pt. Arena, California), revised annually. A practitioner's guide to the Map Act, including pertinent legal precedents.