The Fight Over CEQA Is On

What some see as California’s most important environmental law, others see as an economic impediment.

The 43-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, guides almost every development project in the state.

Governor Jerry Brown and many lawmakers say it’s time to modernize it. But how to do that is a question with no easy answers.

Mark Friedman is President of Fulcrum Properties. He’s standing in a park at Davis Commons, a pedestrian-friendly sustainable development he built.

“We wanted to have a reason for people to come here,” says Friedman. “We hit upon the idea that what we should have is a beautiful green space, a commons.”

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