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
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
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
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
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
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
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
News from a concerned citizen: Jake McKenzie was passed over for nomination to the Sonoma County Transportation Commission and the SMART board. at the January 22, 2019 Rohnert Park City Council meeting. Jake MacKenzie, long time council member and chairman of the MTC CASA Compact committee shocked the community on 1/8/2019 when he approved the … More Payback is a b*tch. Rohnert Park de thrones Jake MacKenzie.
A recent California Supreme Court decision reminds project proponents and lead agencies of the need for substantive analysis in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). On Christmas Eve 2018, the California Supreme Court published its opinion in Sierra Club et al. v. County of Fresno et al. (Dec. 24, 2018) __Cal.5th__ (Case No. S219783). The Sierra … More California Supreme Court Finds Fresno County EIR Deficient
By Kelsi Maree Borland : globest – excerpt The Boring Co. has canceled its plans to build a transit line along the 405 freeway, and CEQA challenges could be one of the firm’s obstacles. The Boring Co. has big ambitions to dramatically change Los Angeles’ nearly nonexistent transit network—but that objective may prove to be … More Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?