In Case You Missed It: Los Angeles Newspaper Group Editorial: “Loss of Tesla factory should put a charge in CEQA reform”, 9/5/14

SACRAMENTO – Last week the nine Southern California newspapers that make up the Los Angeles Newspaper Group editorialized their disappointment that California legislators ended yet another legislative year without accomplishing “meaningful changes in the California Environmental Quality Act.”

The editorial emphasized that the California legislature needs to use 2015 to pass “CEQA reform [that] would not eliminate environmental protections but would simplify and remove duplications, restrict last-minute challenges and clarify its requirements.” 

Below are excerpts from the editorial:

  • “CEQA’s purpose is noble…Too often, though, it is exploited by local governments, landowners, business rivals and labor unions to block projects they dislike or to add to their negotiating leverage.”
  • “Done right, CEQA reform would not eliminate environmental protections but would simplify and remove duplications, restrict last-minute challenges and clarify its requirements.”
  • “This would limit — preferably eliminate — the need for exemptions like the ones state officials have handed to projects like the bullet train and sports stadiums and arenas from Los Angeles to Sacramento.”
  • Lawmakers “failed completely on CEQA reform — again. Let’s make sure our lawmakers don’t forget the lessons of the Tesla mess when they set their agenda for 2015.”

About the CEQA Working Group:

The CEQA Working Group is a broad coalition representing business, labor, schools, hospitals, clean tech, transit, affordable housing and other organizations that are pushing for moderate reforms to CEQA that will preserve its original intent – environmental protection and public disclosure – while eliminating some of the misuses of CEQA that hurt job creation, community renewal and our environment. Follow us on Twitter: @FixCEQA or online at www.CEQAWorkingGroup.com.

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