CEQA Changes Proposed

By Linda Klein : landuse – excerpt Over the past four months, Sacramento lawmakers have introduced a number of bills to tinker with the state’s premier environmental statute, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). While it is too early to know whether any of the proposed changes to CEQA will be enacted, each could impact … More CEQA Changes Proposed

Clearing CEQA: Study vindicates California environmental law as having less impact on development than previously claimed

By Matt Kramer : newsreview – excerpt 1 Center benefited from recent Steinberg CEQA tweak Environmental regulations may not strike most developers as a harmonious complement to their industry, but a new study indicates that stubborn criticism of the California Environmental Quality Act may be wrongheaded. The study, “CEQA in the 21st Century,” concludes that … More Clearing CEQA: Study vindicates California environmental law as having less impact on development than previously claimed

CEQA: This law has done a good job

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

New Economic Study Shows CEQA Protects Environment without Stunting Economic Growth

BAE Urban Economics report includes quantitative analysis of CEQA’s impacts on litigation, development costs and affordable housing Berkeley, Calif. – Economic analysis firm BAE Urban Economics released a new report today that shows the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) supports economically and environmental sustainable development in California. The report was commissioned by the Rose Foundation … More New Economic Study Shows CEQA Protects Environment without Stunting Economic Growth

Jerry Brown is Trying to Quash the People’s Ability to Fight Mega-Developers … For Him, It’s Personal!

By Jill Stewart : citywatchla – excerpt VOX POP–A few years ago, then-state Sen. Alex Padilla implored us to embrace a fast-tracking plan that let wealthy developers rush huge mega-developments through the courts, getting around opponents by slashing the time they were given to fight back under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. Padilla, … More Jerry Brown is Trying to Quash the People’s Ability to Fight Mega-Developers … For Him, It’s Personal!

California! Eye-Balling the Lesser Evil Up Close: No Climate Change Advantage with Dems in Charge

By Dick Platkin : citywatchla – excerpt …In Sacramento, Californians have world-class climate legislation, such as AB 32 and SB 375. It is the envy of climate activists and environmentalists from coast to coast. But, even more importantly, Californians have CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act.  It is one serious piece of environmental legislation, and it … More California! Eye-Balling the Lesser Evil Up Close: No Climate Change Advantage with Dems in Charge

Op-ed: Jesse Arreguín is right to oppose Jerry Brown’s anti-democratic give-away to the real-estate industry

By Zelda Bronstein : berkeleyside – excerpt Zelda Bronstein is a former chair of the Berkeley Planning Commission. In his July 19 op-ed published on Berkeleyside, Garret Christensen slammed Berkeley City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguín for opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s Trailer Bill 707. Christensen called the legislation “an important state affordable housing bill” … More Op-ed: Jesse Arreguín is right to oppose Jerry Brown’s anti-democratic give-away to the real-estate industry