By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt His next round of housing bills force cities to accept growth and displacement—without giving them the money or tools to mitigate it On January 19, I attended UCLA Extension’s 2018 Land Use Law and Planning Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Seated in long rows … More Scott Wiener’s war on local planning
Miller Starr Regalia : lexology – excerpt Fortunately, Governor Brown was receptive to the bill’s many critics, and struck a blow for local land use control, local initiative rights, CEQA reform and commence sense by vetoing it. His short letter to Assembly members, which can be found here, states in pertinent part that “[i]nstead of … More Governor Brown Vetoes Flawed AB 890, Signals Preference for More Comprehensive CEQA Reform
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
By Kevin Stark : SFpublicpress – excerpt Why the rush to build on the lowest levels of the bay? In 1995, the Diablo Valley Ranch, a drug rehab facility in Contra Costa County, planned to expand. The problem? According to neighbors, the land it wanted to build on was contaminated with oil and toxic chemicals. … More Timeline: Lawyers for Developers Share Tactics to Blunt CEQA
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
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
montereyherald – excerpt The issue with the California American Water slant well isn’t if it is successfully pumping seawater, it is that Cal Am is simultaneously increasing seawater intrusion in the Salinas River Basin aquifers. This is what the multimillion-dollar Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project (CSIP) was designed to stop. CSIP was doing a good job … More Is Cal Am trying to get around the CEQA?