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Friday, February 8, 2013
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was hailed to be landmark environmental protection legislation when it was passed in 1970.
Unfortunately, its worthy purpose has been distortedby competing developers, special interests and neighborhood groups that block development for personal, economic and political gain. It has even become an obstacle to smart growth legislation, such as 2008’s groundbreaking transit-oriented development legislation, SB 375 (Steinberg) and 2006’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions strategy, AB 32 (Pavley).