March 01, 2013 by Justin Ewers : caeconomy.org – excerpt
The CEQA legislation has taken a backseat to the news story of Rubio’s Senate departure.
California political reporters have spent much of the last week taking a deep dive into the implications of Michael Rubio’s departure from the Senate—while largely ignoring the actual CEQA legislation Sen. Darrell Steinberg introduced last Friday…
But What about CEQA?… (more)
And why should we care?
Because the Environmental laws are the primary argument against restrictive parking policies that are disrupting our neighborhoods.
Between efforts at that state level, led by lobbies financed by lobbies and special interests groups, and the efforts being waged in SF to curtail the rights of citizens to control their environment and question big development projects before any contracts are signed, there is much for our local press to investigate.
The number one question that comes to mind is.”Do you trust government agencies to always act in the public interest? If that answer is “No”, you will want to preserve the right to appeal their decisions.
Bills of particular interest: Seeking project exemptions: A half-dozen bills seek exemptions for specific projects, including bike projects (AB 417), light and high-speed rail (SB 525), and energy management projects (AB 628, AB 930, and AB 1079).