By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?
By Dominique Mosbergen : huffingtonpost – excerpt “Hawaii is showing the Trump administration that the states will stand up for our kids, even when Washington will not.” Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to ban the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a widely-used chemical that’s been linked to severe developmental delays in children and … More Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Found To Be Harmful To Kids
By Allen Hernandez : sacbee – excerpt California needs affordable housing. But legislators must follow the data, not anecdotal evidence from monied interests, to find a legislative fix that will encourage development consistent with California’s priorities. Communities throughout the state, particularly poor and minority neighborhoods, need permanent housing without risking health or increasing carbon emissions. … More CEQA isn’t stopping housing, it’s protecting health
By Peter Fimrite : sfchronicle – excerpt In another blow to vanity, a new study finds that shampoos, moisturizers, colognes and other household products people use every day cause just as much smog as the exhaust spewing out of car and truck engines on the streets and highways. The study, by the National Oceanic and … More Fragranced products to blame for smog as much as cars, study finds
by Darren Smith : jonthanturley – excerpt Last weekend we featured two articles (HERE and HERE) describing a controversy involving the forced use of chemical herbicides on an organic farm that according to County officials was out of compliance in controlling noxious weeds that were threatening neighboring farms and crops. The 2,000 acre organic farm … More Oregon Organic Farm Threatened With Forced Herbicide Use Reaches Settlement With County
By Richard Scheinin : santacruzsentinel – excerpt When Gabriel Metcalf suggested at a forum on affordable housing that cities should be penalized by the state for failing to build enough housing, he drew gasps from fellow panelists. It’s not that the other panelists disagreed with Metcalf, who as president and CEO of SPUR, is one … More Q&A Gabrief Metcalf: Is the housing crisis too big to solve?
By Jonathan Turley : Jonathanturley – excerpt There are new reports confirming not only climate change but escalating losses of arctic ice. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s annual Arctic report card has found that this is the hottest year on record in the Arctic and it is now twice as fast as any … More Scientific Reports Confirm Catastrophic Climate Change
By Lizzie Johnson : sfgate – excerpt A comprehensive new plan for San Francisco’s natural areas could anger dog lovers, golfers and nature lovers in one swoop, while protecting delicate habitats and endangered species. The plan — originally proposed in 2006 — will review the biology and geology of the Recreation and Park Department’s 32 … More SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire
California Supreme Court to local agencies: hypothetical future baselines in CEQA are not per se improper in all cases, but likely are improper in the vast majority … More California Supreme Court to local agencies: hypothetical future baselines in CEQA are not per se improper in all cases, but likely are improper in the vast majority
Calif. Court of Appeals knocks back California Low Carbon Fuel Standard in POET suit … More Calif. Court of Appeals knocks back California Low Carbon Fuel Standard in POET suit