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“State Sued Over ‘Farmers Field’ Law”

August 30, 2012 By Deborah Crowe “A coalition of environmental activists, anti-poverty groups and law professors on Thursday filed suit against the state of California to challenge the constitutionality of a state law they say gives unfair special treatment to Farmers Field developer Anschutz Entertainment Group. AEG plans to build a downtown L.A. football stadium … Continue reading

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“Regulatory reform and hollow promises”

August 24, 2012 UT-San Diego Editorial Board “The fact that Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Darrell Steinberg and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers say it’s time for substantial reform of the California Environmental Quality Act is good news. Yet the events of the past week – in which a substantive reform measure was put … Continue reading

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Bid to overhaul California environmental law falls short”

August 23, 2012 The Sacramento Bee “A late-hour bid by business interests and some lawmakers to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act fell apart this afternoon, with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg saying the upper house will not take up the measure before the legislative session ends next week. “The Senate will not take up comprehensive CEQA reform … Continue reading

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“There’s a Last Minute Rush to Completely Overhaul California’s Big Environmental-Development Law”

August 23, 2012 By: Adrian Glick Kudler “The state legislative season is nearly over (it ends August 31), but a “business-labor-government coalition” is trying to squeeze in one last thing: a major overhaul of theCalifornia Environmental Quality Act, which currently covers pretty much anything major that might be built in the state (parks, buildings, rail lines, you … Continue reading

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“Legislators Lose Chance to Slip One By”

August 24, 2012 By John Wildermuth “The hasty plan to revise the state’s long-standing environmental quality law died a quick death in Sacramento Thursday and that’s good news for California. Not that the California Environmental Quality Act might not be ripe for an update, or at least a public, no-holds-barred discussion of how the law … Continue reading

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“Is CEQA Reform Possible?”

August 21, 2012 By Joel Fox “Will California’s business environment finally get a shot in the arm by updating the 42-year-old California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)? The business community is hopeful and indications are that powerful legislative leaders want to see this through. But there are potential roadblocks to the reforms that are desperately needed. … Continue reading