By David Greenwald : davisguard – excerpt The Planning Commission this evening is scheduled to make a recommendation as to whether the Mace Ranch Innovation Center Final Environmental Impact Report document adequately analyzes “the potential environmental impacts of the project for the purposes of CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act], with the project description as set … More Planning Commission to Decide Whether to Recommend Certification of MRIC EIR
by Cesar Diaz and Kyle Jones : capitolweekly – excerpt The California Environmental Quality Act has long been the punching bag of business interests and some policy makers. It has been blamed for everything from a dearth of affordable housing to a sluggish economy during financial downturns. Yet, until now, precious little objective research has … More CEQA: This law has done a good job
By Heather S. Riley : allenmatkins – excerpt The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion yesterday in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (CBIA v. BAAQMD), commonly referred to as the “Reverse CEQA” case. Read the full decision. The Supreme Court’s opinion upholds four published CEQA decisions and … More California Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory “Reverse CEQA” Analysis
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt North County Advocates v. City of Carlsbad (2015)—Cal.App.4th—Case No. D066488 Why It Matters: This case addresses an important issue under CEQA relating to the development of the existing conditions baseline against which project impacts are measured. This decision holds that an EIR prepared for the renovation of a … More CEQA baseline can consider historic levels of use
Posted by David Greenwald : davisvanguard – excerpt Three weeks ago the Davis City Council tentatively approved the Hotel-Conference Center along Richards Boulevard, and they did so making a Mitigated Negative Declaration arguing that the impacts of the project and the “recommended mitigation measures reduce any potential environmental impacts to less-than-significant levels.” However, in a … More Will Harrington Challenge Hotel on CEQA Grounds?
hanfordsentinel – excerpt “CANOE THEORY AT WORK IN GUV’S CEQA EXEMPTION DEALS” Gov. Jerry Brown has never professed to be the model of political or ideological consistency. In fact, he’s a decades-long advocate of the “canoe theory” of politics, which goes like this: You paddle a little to the left and you paddle a little … More Brown deal allows steals local rights
Los Angeles Business Journal, 7/21/15 – excerpt A consortium led by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract to provide design services for the second section of the California high-speed rail system. The contract is for the Construction Package 2-3 of the California High Speed Rail, which represents the continuation of construction on … More Jacobs wins $1.2 billion high-speed rail contract