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

Litigation isn’t the answer for more affordable housing, Mr. Governor, overhauling CEQA is

By Tyler Diep : ocregister – excerpt In one of his first official acts as Governor, Gavin Newsom has declared hostility against one of the cities that I have the honor of representing in the Legislature: Huntington Beach. Governor Newsom announced the lawsuit this past Friday, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, to litigate high … More Litigation isn’t the answer for more affordable housing, Mr. Governor, overhauling CEQA is

Falling transit ridership will not dissuade the social engineers

By Steven Greenhut : ocregistrer – excerpt (opinion) SACRAMENTO – It has been about 15 years since Orange County tried to build a $1-billion light-rail system that would have gone from one suburban parking lot to another. It would have moved around half of 1 percent of the county’s commuters. What I remember most about … More Falling transit ridership will not dissuade the social engineers

California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

By Alexei Koseff : sfchronicle – excerpt SACRAMENTO — The state sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach on Friday to force it to plan for more affordable housing, part of a campaign by Gov. Gavin Newsom to boost construction in California as residents grapple with soaring housing costs. Newsom said Huntington Beach has … More California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt Plenty of bills that will please developers and landlords; not so many for tenants and vulnerable communities. The first installment of my CASA story listed bills introduced in the state Legislature on December 3, most notably Scott Wiener’s do-over of his failed SB 827, SB 50, that incorporate … More What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?

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?

California Court of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Area Plan Modifications

By Latham & Watkins LLP : lexology – excerpt CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development In an unpublished opinion issued June 19, 2018, Center for Biological Diversity v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. B284427, the California Court of Appeal rejected the Center for Biological Diversity’s (Petitioner) appeal and affirmed the trial … More California Court of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Area Plan Modifications