Editorial/Opinion: Viewpoints: Preserve CEQA’s goals, end its abuses

During his State of the State address, Gov. Jerry Brown laid out his vision of investing in public infrastructure, reinvesting in public schools and universities, assuring a safe and reliable water supply, and shifting toward cleaner energy. To accomplish these goals, the governor called on state leaders to engage in a number of necessary actions including meaningful regulatory reform, with particular focus on modernizing the 40-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

As three former California governors who often have differing views, on this point we wholeheartedly agree, and join with Gov. Brown in his call to modernize CEQA. While CEQA’s original intent must remain intact, now is the time to end reckless abuses of this important law – abuses that are threatening California’s economic vitality, costing jobs and wasting valuable taxpayer dollars.

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