Posts Tagged ‘CEQA’

Former state biologist challenges global warming status quo

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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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...

Declare war on lawsuit abuse

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Feb. 12, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Inmate lawsuits have become a cottage industry here in California. The Associated Press reports that such litigation has cost the state’s taxpayers more than $200 million over the past 15 years. Gov. Jerry Brown suggests that much of that litigation is frivolous,...

Democrats now see downside of CEQA

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Feb. 11, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Although many of California's legislative Democrats are eager to "test drive" the new two-thirds majorities their caucuses hold in the Assembly and Senate -- i.e., pushing the limits of their power to advance their progressive agenda -- others are foc...

J.B. says reforming CEQA is ‘Lord’s Work’

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Aug. 28, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In Archibald MacLeish’s 1958 play, “J.B.,” the devil disguised as a popcorn vendor destroys the property and children of a wealthy banker named “J.B.” to test his faithfulness to God.  God, portrayed as a balloon vendor in a circus, offers to restore J.B...

God-like legislators fail to pass enviro reforms

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Aug. 24, 2012 By Katy Grimes Despite promises to pass desperately needed reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act, lawmakers in the state Senate killed the CEQA reform bill co-authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Thousand Oaks. "The CEQA reform effort that I co-authored was unceremon...