Disturbing before-and-after images show how Silicon Valley tech offices could be submerged by 2100

The world’s oceans are rapidly rising as waters warm and ice sheets melt. Coastal locations, like the San Francisco Bay Area, will be among the hardest hit by the rising tide.

Beyond sea level rise, San Francisco is slowly sinking at a rate of up to 10 millimeters per year in a process called subsidence.

All this incoming water will have devastating consequences for the area, where pricey real estate developments and clusters of billion-dollar tech companies may be forced to relocate… (more)


OP-ED: Is it time to revisit CEQA?

OP-ED: Is it time to revisit CEQA?

By Sue Lempert : smdailyjournal.com – excerpt

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has a major challenge. He’s the new chair of the important Environmental Quality committee, which among other things, will be considering possible changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA. Gov. Jerry Brown called for reform of CEQA in his State of the State address. Now, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is introducing Senate Bill 731 to do just that. Both the governor and Steinberg feel the act has been used or misused for corporate competition (one corner gas station trying to stop a competitor from adding more pumps), by unions to force project labor agreements, and by opponents of infill development and transportation projects to delay or stop work.
CEQA was signed into law in 1970 by then governor Ronald Reagan to provide a statewide policy of environmental protections. CEQA requires analysis and public disclosure of possible environmental impacts and necessary mitigation. It has been a mandatory part of California state and local government land use decision making. It has also been the basis of numerous lawsuits. According to the governor and senators Steinberg and Hill, it has been used to stop development often for reasons that have nothing to do with environmental protection. It also has not been updated to reflect new environmental challenges including climate change and sea level rise.

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