California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

In Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (S219783), the California Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed that the substantial evidence standard of review does not always apply when a lead agency prepares an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for a development project. Rather, the court determined that the less deferential de novo standard applies if the EIR’s discussion of a potentially significant … More California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

By Ashley Werner : calmatters – excerpt California is facing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. Lower-income residents across the state must choose whether to pay for rent or food. People who can’t cover housing costs are forced to leave their homes, their neighborhoods and even the state. But as legislators resume discussions regarding policy … More My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

themercurynews – excerpt It’s imperative that communities and tech firms build healthy relationships and work together to resolve differences… The Bay Area and the tech industry have much to learn from Amazon’s New York headquarters debacle, which ended last week when the tech giant backed out of the deal to put its HQ2 in Queens. … More Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

Suspect Hunters Point shipyard contractor did similar work at Treasure Island

By Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes : sfchronicle – excerpt Corporate managers accused of directing an extensive fraud in the cleanup of San Francisco’s toxic shipyard led similar projects at nearby Treasure Island — work that apparently has never been rechecked since fraud at the shipyard was discovered, even as a $5 billion real estate … More Suspect Hunters Point shipyard contractor did similar work at Treasure Island

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

State builders, construction unions working on deal to ease pay, CEQA requirements

By Scot Rodd : bizjournals – excerpt Developers and construction unions are reportedly working on a deal that could ease regulatory barriers to construction and improve wages and benefits for some construction workers. Statewide business and union groups appear to be working together in an effort to write new legislation to address issues related to … More State builders, construction unions working on deal to ease pay, CEQA requirements