Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“NIMBY group uses CEQA lawsuit to stop affordable housing project for seniors”

Februaty 6th, 2013 By CEQA Working Group Sacramento Senior Homes is located at the corner of Sacramento Street and Blake Street in Berkeley, CA. This 40-unit infill housing project serves very low income senior citizens, many of whom were homeless before moving into the new building. Low-income senior housing is desperately needed in Berkeley, and … Continue reading


“Dan Walters: An overhaul of CEQA looms large”

December 3, 2012 By Dan Walters “It’s been 42 years since then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the landmark California Environmental Quality Act, an early victory for the nascent environmental protection movement that has since become a very powerful force in state and national politics. Whether CEQA and its legislative progeny, including the most recent anti- global warming laws, have truly … Continue reading


“Why CEQA May Finally Get Its Rewrite”

November 2, 2012 By Cheryl Miller “Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, politicians’ pledges to “fix” the California Environmental Quality Act are an annual, almost cliched ritual in the Golden State. Business groups swoop in at the end of a legislative session, warning about the landmark environmental law’s crimp on economic growth and pleading for … Continue reading


“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


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


“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