Description: Challenge to City of San Diego's ordinance banning distribution of polystyrene foam food containers.
Gameros v. City of San Diego
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/12/2019 Settlement Agreement Enforcement of ordinance stayed pending the preparation of an environmental impact report under the California Environmental Quality Act. San Diego said it would stay enforcement of the ordinance while it prepares an environmental impact report. 03/12/2019 Petition for Writ of Mandate Download Verified petition for writ of mandate and complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief filed. The California Restaurant Association, a manufacturer of polystyrene foam products, and three individuals who own or work at restaurants and businesses in San Diego filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court challenging the City of San Diego's ordinance banning distribution of polystyrene foam containers. The petitioners asserted that the City should have evaluated the environmental impacts of the ban pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. They alleged, among other things, that the ban would undermine the City's Climate Action Plan's zero waste goals and that it would increase greenhouse gas emissions because substitutes for polystyrene use more energy and water.