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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 24

Enough blame for everyone with Oakland housing crisis Trade deal’s death hurts Central Valley farmers Key reform of environmental law hasn’t worked Orange County could model GOP success with Asian-Americans California has the highest real poverty rate in the country

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Greens lead push to kill Gov. Brown’s housing measure

Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious plan to increase housing stock is off to a good start, but environmentalists are ramping up the pressure on Democrats in the state Legislature to either gut it or kill it.  The governor’s plan, unveiled last

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Affordable housing may be limited by new state environmental rules

A new rule designed to promote urban development and curb both car usage and greenhouse gas emissions may end up making cities less affordable and more congested, critics say. The rule would modify how traffic is evaluated during a critical

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CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

The California Supreme Court has rejected a bold bid by San Francisco regulators to sharply increase the scope of the California Environmental Quality Act, the landmark 1970 law that has helped shape the Golden State’s housing patterns and economy for

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Housing report by Legislative Analyst raises affordability questions

The California Legislative Analyst’s new report on housing costs puts numbers to what housing-hunters know on the ground: affordable housing in the state’s coastal areas is scarce and getting scarcer. But the report itself raises new questions. According to the

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High-speed rail takes two more swipes at CEQA

This is the second in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. The first article covered two earlier attempts by the California High-Speed

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High-speed rail seeks to run over CEQA

This is the first in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. Proponents insist a major reason for building the California high-speed rail

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

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

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Indian lands bill considered Wednesday

  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

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CEQA shakedowns and the mansion that Wal-Mart built

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

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