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

Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

By Kathleen Ronayne : nbclosangeles – excerpt A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he explained why he doesn’t want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. “There’s something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and … More Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

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