Stop Attacks on Our Environmental Bill of Rights

Stop Attacks on Our Environmental Bill of Rights

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JOIN WITH Sierra Club, Coalition For San Francisco Neighborhoods, Black Human Rights Leadership Council, Unite Here Local 2, SEIU Local 1021, San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Tomorrow, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, D-5 Action, Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association, San Francisco Preservation Consortium, SF Ocean Edge, San Francisco Architectural Heritage, San Francisco Green Party, Center For Biological Diversity, Wild Equity Institute, Arc Ecology, Parkmerced Action Coalition, Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance, Take Back Our Parks, Greenaction For Health & Environmental Justice, Our City, Eastern Neighborhoods United Front, Gray Panthers of San Francisco, North Mission Neighbors, San Francisco Neighborhood Network, Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition, Aquatic Park Neighbors, Hunters Point Art Gallery, Cole Valley Improvement Association, Cathedral Hill Neighbors, West Of Twin Peaks Central Council, Middle Polk Neighborhood Association, Telegraph Hill Dwellers, Miraloma Park Neighbors, Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and many San Franciscans.

WHO HAVE raised strong concerns about Supervisor Wiener’s legislation, and have collaborated to help Supervisor Jane Kim build strong community-based legislation, which will improve CEQA for everyone—while being fair to the average citizen and disadvantaged communities.

TESTIFY:  Land Use Committee, Monday, April 22, 1:30 PM, City Hall Room 263
Agenda, Items 1 & 2:  http://sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=45153

EMAIL:  Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org, Jane.Kim@sfgov.org, David.Chiu@sfgov.org

ADD Your Organization’s Name:  Along with the Sierra Club/ Labor/ neighborhood groups, add your organization’s name in opposing the Wiener CEQA Legislation and supporting the Kim CEQA Legislation—by emailing  brookse32@earthlink.net .

OPPOSE Supervisor Wiener’s CEQA Legislation, which confuses the average citizen, curtails public participation and the ability of public officials to make well-informed decisions.
SUPPORT Supervisor Kim’s CEQA Legislation, which was built by a broad collaborative process.  Also, support continued efforts to refine Legislation to assure fairness for the average citizen and disadvantaged communities—who need some chance to see notifications, approval timelines, appeal milestones, project modifications and final project designs.

Sierra Club: “Defending the California Environmental Quality Act–locally and in Sacramento” http://theyodeler.org/?p=6929
CEQA Successeshttp://ceqaworks.org/ceqa-successes

Before CEQA existed, demolitions of San Francisco’s Western Addition, Lower Fillmore and Nihonmachi were ramrodded with alliances of government power, business associations, developers, builders, real estate interests, public relations firms and the one percent who benefited financially.  Average citizens had little recourse.  In1970, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) offered environmentalists, neighborhoods, disadvantaged communities, ethnic minorities, cultural groups, Labor and the average citizen a chance to fight bad projects and powerful special interests.  Now, that chance is under attack.

Regards, Howard Wong, AIA

SF lawmaker hits speedbump in CEQA reform

SF lawmaker hits speedbump in CEQA reform

By: Joshua Sabatini : SF Examiner Staff Writer – excerpt

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s effort to change how The City handles an environmental appeals process was slowed down Monday as a competing measure is being introduced today.
The proposed changes to the appeals process related to the California Environmental Quality Act, commonly called CEQA, have sparked tensions at City Hall, creating divisions among labor unions, community groups and housing advocates, and filling up supervisors’ inboxes with hundreds of emails from residents on both sides of the conflict.
Developers complain about the unpredictability and endless battles in the existing process, while neighborhood activists worry proposed changes would diminish their influence.
The proposal was under debate Monday for about four hours at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee, after which it was continued so Supervisor Jane Kim could introduce competing legislation today, which she crafted with a coalition of neighborhood advocates…  (more)

The Result of Two Minutes of Testimony

The Result of Two Minutes of Testimony at the Land Use Committee Meeting is that discussions about CEQA reform will continue in San Francisco.

The Result of Two Minutes of Testimony at the Land Use Committee Meeting is that discussions about CEQA reform will continue in San Francisco.

In a stunning display of organization and passion, the Community CEQA Improvement Team together with speakers including former Supervisors Jake McGoldrick, Aaron Peskin and John Bardis pushed the popular agenda, resulting in Supervisor Jane Kim speaking out forcefully in favor of her version of CEQA reform, rebuffing Supervisor Wiener’s version of the legislation in this afternoon’s Land Use Committee hearing.

The outcome of today’s hearing will be a fresh review of new CEQA legislation from Supervisor Kim and the renegotiation of five points of Supervisor Wiener’s version:

  • 1)  Board Hearings of CEQA appeals should continue v. subcommittee hearings only
  • 2) The “Fair Argument” standard should be applied to every appeal
  • 3) Website notices of CEQA decisions should be published, but should also be circulated
  • 4) Documentation deadline for appeals should be maintained at the current standard
  • 5) Both ‘First Approval” and “Last Approval” triggers for CEQA-based appeals need to be reevaluated.

The number of speakers on opposing sides of the argument was very high–approximately 23 speakers came out in favor of Wiener’s version, and 49 against. Thanks to all who showed up or generously donated their time to contribute to tonight’s hearing. Thanks for your ideas and for speaking out clearly and forcefully. – Roland

SF CEQA Hearings in March

SF CEQA Hearings in March

The Planning Department has just sent out a notice announcing that
Supervisor Wiener’s CEQA legislation will go before the Planning Commission
on Thursday March 14
, and then before the Historic Preservation Commission
on Wednesday March 20
. It is likely the legislation will then go to the
Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee on Monday March 25, and the full
Board of Supervisors on Tuesday March 26.

Stay tuned for changes in the schedule changes

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