By Manuela Tobias :calmatters – excerpt
What the candidates say or think is immaterial. What is interesting in the article is the following comments by the author. She describes why CEQA appeals rarely work to stop a project.
…CEQA is landmark legislation signed into law in 1970 by Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires public agencies to reduce or mitigate the environmental impacts of development wherever feasible. Essentially, the law tells developers to study a project to see how it could harm the environment and explain how they will lessen the damage. The law has been invoked by NIMBYs to block or delay multiple high-profile housing projects…(more)
This is why CEQA rarely works in the public’s favor.
Government is only required to take actions “WHEREVER FEASIBLE”. No actions are required where it is NOT FEASIBLE. CEQA only requirers them to study the possible effects and warn the neighbors what might happen. Their only option is to sell and move out if they don’t like it.
All CEQA appeals do is to slow the process and sometime it works to wear down the opponent, but usually it only postpones the inevitable, and in recent cases, the pending projects take advantage of the new density bonus laws and raising the height limits another 3 stories. It was 2 now it is 3.
The only solution is to elect new legislators and pass the ballot initiative to amend the constitution. Fighting these bad ideas one at a time is exhausting.
I suppose one option is to tie some of our “friends” in Sacramento to the corruption that is taking front stage in San Francisco, or any other past transgression.