Support Supervisor Kim in CEQA showdown

Michelle Myers and Mike Casey : – excerpt

Forty-three years ago in the midst of a new national environmental consciousness, forward-thinking California lawmakers passed the California Environmental Quality Act. That law – along with the Clean Air and the Clean Water acts – has helped preserve the promise of California as a clean and green state even as it has grown to be a state of some 38 million people. In the nation’s most populous state, CEQA has helped reduce and avoid environmental impacts.
But CEQA is now in danger of being weakened in San Francisco, and Supervisor Jane Kim is working to defend it. The attack on CEQA in San Francisco is part of a broader assault on environmental protection happening statewide and nationwide. Business is driving the attacks, making overblown and unsupported claims that CEQA and other environmental laws are to blame for the economic downturn…
Concerned San Franciscans reacted by organizing. A vast coalition of people representing more than 40 neighborhood, environmental, labor and social justice groups came together to protect CEQA. Since last fall, members of that coalition have been drafting alternative legislation that modernizes the act in some places and strengthens public notification in others. Kim is sponsoring that legislation…
Kim’s legislation is trailing Wiener’s measure in the legislative process at City Hall. People concerned about preserving and strengthening CEQA should contact their supervisors and board President David Chiu, and ask them to ensure that Kim’s legislation establishes the basis for improving CEQA…. (more)


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