“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 Yet the events of the past week – in which a substantive reform measure was put forward and then withdrawn less than a day later – are dispiriting. California’s unemployed need jobs, and now, and excessive, costly regulations stand squarely in their way.

Steinberg’s promise that CEQA fixes will be made, just after more study, needs to be looked at in context. On pension reform, legislative leaders have promised big but done little. On education reform, the ballyhooed measure now working its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk – AB 5 – actually weakens requirements for teacher evaluations by rewriting a state law that says student performance must be a factor. That’s the opposite of reform.”

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