Letter from Sacramento: Sometimes Friends Are So Disappointing

By Newsroom America Feeds : newsroomamerica – excerpt Dear Eric, This letter begins with a sigh. A large, loud sigh that implies disappointment. The kind of sigh that follows the news that a friend, someone you expected to be on your side, somebody who always had your back, does something disappointing and inexcusable. It’s also … More Letter from Sacramento: Sometimes Friends Are So Disappointing

Metropolitan Water District’s Delta Islands Purchase Challenged by Lawsuit

by Dan Bacher : indymedia – excerpt “People need to understand that MWD is not acting in the best interest of Southern Californians – it is only furthering their position as a water broker to import water to cities and utilities,” said Adam Scow, the California Director of Food and Water Watch, at the noon … More Metropolitan Water District’s Delta Islands Purchase Challenged by Lawsuit

Will Upland Ruling Allow Stadiums — And Others – Evade Two-Thirds Vote?

By William Fulton : cp-dr – excerpt So, why does a court ruling on a medical marijuana ban in Upland affect the Chargers ability to build a new stadium in San Diego? For the same reason that construction of a Wal-Mart in Sonora affects the Rams ability to build a new stadium in Inglewood, which … More Will Upland Ruling Allow Stadiums — And Others – Evade Two-Thirds Vote?

Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

Michael Krasny : KQED – excerpt – (includes audio) THE MERGER UNDER CONSIDERATION http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201602180900 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are responsible for housing and transportation planning for the Bay Area, including the controversial “Plan Bay Area” mandate. Now there’s talk of merging the two agencies, with a … More Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

Villaraigosa convenes experts to debate California Environmental Quality Act

BY Matthew Kredell : news.ucs – excerpt The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the focus of much discussion about development since its enactment in 1970, was front and center at a recent debate at the Galen Center. The California Central-USC Villaraigosa Initiative at the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted the event, which convened leading practitioners in environmental law and urban … More Villaraigosa convenes experts to debate California Environmental Quality Act

California Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory “Reverse CEQA” Analysis

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

Citizens group fights city’s new short-term vacation rentals proposal

sdnews – excerpt The City of San Diego has been put on notice by citizens group Save San Diego Neighborhoods that if the mayor and City Council intend to change the city’s municipal code to allow short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods, it must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). On Tuesday, Sept. … More Citizens group fights city’s new short-term vacation rentals proposal

United States: State Agencies Can’t Say CEQA Mitigation Is Infeasible If Earmarked Funds Are Unavailable, High Court Says

by Kenneth Kecskes : realestatecounsel – excerpt When environmental review of a proposed development project by a state agency shows that it will have traffic impacts, a state agency is not allowed to nevertheless approve the project on the grounds that the funds needed to mitigate congestion have not been earmarked by the Legislature, the California … More United States: State Agencies Can’t Say CEQA Mitigation Is Infeasible If Earmarked Funds Are Unavailable, High Court Says

Jacobs wins $1.2 billion high-speed rail contract

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