Crime & Justice

Judge nixes lawsuit over huge Kern County development

A California judge has thrown out a lawsuit that aimed to stop development of a 5,000-acre gated resort community on the sprawling Tejon Ranch property.

Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman ruled Friday that Kern County officials did not violate state environmental laws when they approved the Tejon Mountain Village project in October.

Lawyers with the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups had argued that officials ignored the project's potential harm to the California condor and other environmental impacts.

Tejon Mountain Village spokesman David Crowder praised the ruling in a statement.

Center for Biological Diversity attorney Adam Keats says the environmental groups will appeal.

The planned resort is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

© 2010 The Associated Press.