CEQA a fundamental safeguard for California

Meter Madness

By Sen. Noreen Evans, Assemblymember Das Williams: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Capitol Weekly – excerpt

Policy wonks are abuzz with debate about not whether, but how, the California Environmental Quality Act should be reformed. A full-scale effort is underway to paint this landmark environmental law as broken. Implications abound through selective sampling and anecdotes that CEQA does more harm than good. Our experience, and that of our constituents, tells a different story about how CEQA really works.

Forty-three years after it was signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan, CEQA continues to provide essential environmental protections.

CEQA was designed to give a voice to local people in local planning decisions. It ensures that residents in every California community can understand how land use decisions will impact shared resources – like clean air, clean water, open space, and traffic flow – and public health. It also empowers community members to hold…

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