02/26/2024

In CEQA fight, ‘modernize’ is the mantra of spin

California’s landmark Environmental Quality Act — the brainchild of Republican lawmakers trying to woo a then-new voting bloc of “environmentalists” — turns 43 this year.

Critics, led by developers and business interests, say CEQA’s requirements are too cumbersome. It subjects all commercial and residential projects – regardless of environmental merit — to costly delays, killing potential jobs and further tarnishing California’s warranted-or-not reputation for discouraging business.

And, critics say, the law allows routine manipulation by unions, business rivals and environmental activists for political and economic gain.

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