Lawmakers Making Side Deals on Hollywood High-Rises, Warriors Arena

With Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders negotiating differences over the budget, a side issue has emerged over extending special handling of two controversial developments: a $200-million mixed-use project in Hollywood and a new arena for the Warriors basketball team in San Francisco.

Brown approved a streamlined environmental review for the 8150 Sunset Blvd. project in Hollywood in April 2014 and the same expedited process for the Warriors project in Mission Bay three months ago.

That streamlined process was created by legislation in 2011 that recognizes projects costing more than $100 million that create significant numbers of jobs and abide by tough environmental standards. The bill streamlines the California Environmental Quality Act process by requiring that courts take no more than 175 days to decide environmental challenges to specific projects and lawsuits start in the court of appeal.

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