Housing justice relies on a strong CEQA

By Ashley Werner, Special to CalMatters For generations, public agencies have directed highways, landfills, meat processing plants, warehouses and other polluting facilities to South Fresno neighborhoods, an area of the San Joaquin Valley that is predominantly populated by lower income households and people of color. This activity has turned South Fresno into one of the … More Housing justice relies on a strong CEQA

Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration

Kirk Siegler : npr – excerpt (excerpt) includes audio track and transcript The first-ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River forces arid Western states to re-examine their relationship with resources many take for granted, drinking water and cheap hydroelectricity. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: For the first time ever, the U.S. government declared a shortage on the … More Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration

CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling

by Greg Magofña : CaRLA – excerpt An absurd ruling in our Huntington Beach Lawsuit We are simultaneously disappointed in and surprised by a trial judge’s ruling last week to deny 48 units of desperately needed and zoning-compliant housing in Huntington Beach on the grounds that the project is not protected by the Housing Accountability … More CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling

United States: California Rules Of Court Amendments Lead To Requests For Clarification Regarding CEQA Lawsuits

by Jennifer Hernandez , Ryan Michael Leaderman and Daniel Golub: Holland and Knight : mondaq – excerpt In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, introduced amendments to the California Rules of Court, which are effective immediately and impact a broad suite of criminal and civil judicial proceedings. With … More United States: California Rules Of Court Amendments Lead To Requests For Clarification Regarding CEQA Lawsuits

UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

By Tiffany Crawford :vancouversun – excerpt Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis … More UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

December 9, 2019 Supervisors: re: Consider Legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems Please consider legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems as you move forward legislation to required them. As we celebrate the record number of solar panel installations in California, we need to consider what can to done legislatively to protect the installed … More Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

MTC Makes a Mockery of Citizen Engagement

By Susan Kirsch : marinpost – excerpt MTC has devised a frivolous and virtually meaningless two-month public participation process that failed to identify a range of stakeholders or identify appropriately geared activities to engage them. They cheerily call their report Pop-Up Events Get People Talking About Bay Area’s Future. If you want to good laugh … More MTC Makes a Mockery of Citizen Engagement

Lawsuit to prevent Mill Valley’s vegetation management wildfire plan is murky

Opinion by Dick Spotswood : marinij – excerpt On its face, a recent lawsuit against the city of Mill Valley seems preposterous. “Mill Valley Residents for the Protection of Wildlife” filed an action in Marin County Superior Court to enjoin the city from enforcing its newly enacted vegetation management ordinance. The suit’s basis is the … More Lawsuit to prevent Mill Valley’s vegetation management wildfire plan is murky

Location Exception to CEQA’s Categorical Exemptions Applies Only to Designated Environmental Resources Affected by The Project

By Lindsey Quock and Perkins Coie : judsupra – excerpt The location exception to CEQA’s categorical exemptions does not apply to earthquake and landslide hazard zones, as they are not “environmental resources” that would be affected by a project. Berkeley Hills Watershed Coalition v. City of Berkeley, 31 Cal.App.5th 880 (1st Dist. 2019). The City … More Location Exception to CEQA’s Categorical Exemptions Applies Only to Designated Environmental Resources Affected by The Project