Posts Tagged ‘CEQA’

Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos area, specifically the Pacheco Pass. That ruling won...

Indian lands bill considered Wednesday

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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  Assembly Bill 52, which would increase the power of California’s Native American tribes to delay or halt development in areas sensitive to Indian heritage, is raising concerns about more lawsuits and slower growth in the state. The bill’s backers contend that current California Envi...

CEQA shakedowns and the mansion that Wal-Mart built

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Liam Dillon in the Voice of San Diego has a sharp profile of San Diego lawyer Cory Briggs, an unapologetic user of the California Environmental Quality Act as a self-enrichment tool: "No attorney sues under the state’s main environmental quality law more than him. "These lawsuits all tend to fol...

2007 press release shows rail authority touting CEQA compliance

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A Tuesday afternoon AP story laid out the latest courtroom developments involving the bullet-train fiasco: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, th...

Former state biologist challenges global warming status quo

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Editor's note: This article originally incorrectly said that the Jim Steele who wrote the book mentioned below is the same as the Jim Steele who is running for supervisor in Lake Country. They are not the same person. We regret the error. California is about to undertake a massive multibillion-do...

‘Job killer’ bill could increase CEQA litigation

Friday, April 26th, 2013

April 26, 2013 By Dave Roberts There has been discussion by Sacramento politicians in the past year about the need to reform the California Environmental Quality Act in order to remove litigious roadblocks to new development, thereby boosting the state economy. But so far, the Democrats who contro...

Jerry Brown, faux foe of regulation

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed Jerry Brown has talked such a good game on regulations that he often gets credit for being a stalwart on the issue -- even when all he ever does is offer lip service. That's why Dan Walters' column on the topic is so maddening. He presents a 2 + 2 scenario, and then d...

CEQA chases awesome Google project to Missouri, Texas

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed A really cool project conceived of and developed by Google in Silicon Valley isn't going to do Californians any good in the short term. It is Google Fiber — the search giant's experimental Internet infrastructure that can go 100 times the speed of regular broadband. ...

Gov. Brown: To drill or not to drill?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

April 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes California could become the next oil boom state. Will Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature seize the day -- and the tax revenue that would come with drilling and fracking? Or will excessive environmental concerns block...

Politicians seek special enviro deal on arena

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

This is Part One of a two-part series. March 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The unusually speedy approval of a new NBA arena for the Kings basketball team in the heart of downtown Sacramento leaves many details and unanswered questions on the table, including how this arena project possi...