June 30, 2011
By Matt Wilhalme
“Provisions of the 1970 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have been called into question recently over whether it actually preserves nature or is a method of discouraging development.
In Hollywood, more than 6,000 jobs have been delayed or lost because of CEQA lawsuits that have developers tied up in costly litigation that in some instances have taken more than two-and-a-half years to resolve, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
“There is a whole industry of filing CEQAs and collecting lawsuits that produces zero benefit for California environment,” said Mott Smith, board member of the California Infill Builders Association.”