02/19/2020

When Will the Madness End?

CEQA strikes again! This time, sponsors of the CEQA litigation plan to take down a model urban development – 242 residential units surrounded by office buildings and retail space in Rancho Peñasquitos in San Diego County.

But, the issue of the lawsuit provocateurs isn’t about the affect the development will have on the environment. Not in the slightest. Though environmental impacts are claimed, the suit was really filed over how much the developer was planning to pay the hired help there to build the project out. It’s a labor dispute that’s brought work on the mixed-use development, Merge 56, to a grinding halt.

Indeed, the environmental-inspired litigation is shamelessly sponsored by the Local 89 of the Laborers International Union of North America, which wants the developer to enter into a labor-friendly “project labor agreement” or else. This kind of lawsuit is a common and pretentious practice of organized labor.

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