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 Dan Walters : mercedsunstar – excerpt During his eight years as a state senator, Anthony Cannella rarely speechified on the Senate floor, unlike many more verbose colleagues. But he did so last Friday, the last day of the 2016-18 biennial session and Canella’s last time on the floor. The Ceres Republican rose to talk … More Cannella asks, why do only the rich get exemptions?
Editorial by The Times Editorial Board : latimes – excerpt California lawmakers are — again — considering a last-minute bill that would let deep-pocketed developers and favored projects cut corners on the state’s landmark environmental law. Last week Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) introduced a bill that was pitched as a way to dramatically speed the … More Don’t bend California’s environmental rules for billionaire sports owners or the Olympics
By James Brasuell : planetizen : excerpt One of the largest, most influential regional governments in the state has asked for exemptions from changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that will measure Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) instead of Level of Service (LOS). “[The Southern California Association of Government] sent a last-minute letter attempting … More Southern California Association of Governments Stalling on CEQA Reform
Streamlined CEQA Review for Infill Projects (SB 226) … More Streamlined CEQA Review for Infill Projects (SB 226)
Legislative Changes To CEQA Ease Requirements For Urban Infill Projects … More California SB 743: Legislative Changes To CEQA Ease Requirements For Urban Infill Projects
No Free Pass For Fracking In California … More No Free Pass For Fracking In California