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Time to modernize CEQA

January 17, 2013

Jim Wunderman and Carl Guardino : SFGate – excerpt

When it was first signed into law by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1970, the California Environmental Quality Act represented a groundbreaking statement by Californians that our environment was important and deserved protection.
Since then, CEQA has served to protect the environment and foster better planning. More recently, however, CEQA has too often been abused by those who simply seek to stop development, often for reasons that have nothing to do with environmental protection…
Since CEQA was passed, myriad federal and state laws (120 in total) have been passed that emulate and go even beyond the protections en- shrined in CEQA. However, CEQA has yet to be updated in any meaningful way to better reflect the changing nature of environmental threats we face, including climate change and sea-level rise…
Stakeholders on all sides agree that, after 40 years, there are important reforms that can be made to CEQA. These must retain the foundation of the law – public disclosure and environmental protection – while limiting misuses of the statute for reasons that have nothing to do with the environment. Gov. Jerry Brown has made a strong commitment to CEQA modernization in 2013, as has Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and we strongly encourage all the voices in this debate to work with our elected leaders to achieve this goal…  (more)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. holeshothunter permalink
    January 17, 2013 1:53 pm

    They should modernize it by eliminating it. They are full of shit if they pretend that they can deal with virtually any of the things that are already beginning to destroy the world. Not maybe. It’s already too late, by a good deal. For instance, the 8 things that maybe would kill us (in 2000) are now 12 things that are ALREADY having their effect. The “tipping points” (for each chain of events-all 12) have already been passed. Irreversable, and already happening. I’ll bet you don’t even know about some of the bigger ones. Here’s one: testosterone, effecting every male human (perhaps every male mammal) on the planet. Right now. Male fertility has ALREADY dropped by 42% *worldwide*. Source: degrading plastics are everywhere, releasing their volitile softeners into the environment as they degrade. Bisphenol-a the plasticiser for all polycarbonate plastics, has already done got us, and the contamination of our precious bodily fluids is constantly increasing. BapA acts like a deformed type of estrogen. Eventually nobody will be able to reproduce, and the few that can will reproduce genetically damaged monsters. It is already happening. Autogenocide. Fascinating.


    • January 17, 2013 2:16 pm

      I believe you are confused. The CEQA laws are the ones that are trying to protect us from these things that you are concerned about. Most specifically, the CEQA laws are what allow the citizens to appeal government decisions, such as those that decided to eliminate the parking spaces on Oak and Fell and Masonic and Fulton. We need CEQA protections to allow us a basis to complain about those decisions.


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