examiner.com : California Environmental Quality Act – excerpt
There has been much ado about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and recently there have been articles about the need for significant changes to this 42 year old statute put into law by President Ronald Reagan. What is CEQA? It is a law that offers protection for the quality of life in California: natural resources including open space and clean air, water, and land, and gives the public the opportunity to participate in local land-use decisions.
Before legislative session ended, late August, there was a failed attempt to remove many key provisions, in other words to gut the bill. Environmental groups, democratic leadership and some unions said, let’s not do this and the pressure worked. It was stopped but with the promise that the issue would be readdressed in the new legislative session. http://www.examiner.com/article/california-environmental-quality-act-ceqa-fight-postponed-communities-on-alert.. (more)