Reform Of California’s Landmark Environmental Law On Life Support

SACRAMENTO — For years, California’s business leaders have lamented that the state’s 43-year-old environmental law is too often used to protect everything but the environment.

According to critics, businesses use it to kill their competitors’ projects; homeowners use it fight aesthetic changes to their neighborhoods; and labor unions use it to blackmail developers until they get a labor agreement to their liking.

“This great law has been greatly abused,” said Carl Guardino, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

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