Sarah E. Owsowitz

Sarah E. Owsowitz

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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Decision: Voter-Sponsored Local Land Use Initiatives Not Subject to Environmental Review

The proposed expansion of a Wal-Mart store into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the City of Tuolumne, Calif. yielded a California Supreme Court decision that says city councils need not comply with CEQA before adopting a...more

8/12/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Environmental Review Wal-Mart

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Deadline for Comments is 5 p.m. on October 10 - As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the...more

8/8/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies Public Transit Traffic Laws Urban Planning & Development

California Economic Development Leaders Urge Peer Review of New CEQA Guidelines

The California Economic Summit announced this week that its leaders, such as the president of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the president of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, have written...more

8/1/2014 - CEQA Economic Development Environmental Policies Peer Review

CEQA to Give Cities More Control Over Transit Projects

Eric Jaffe’s recent article for The Atlantic’s CityLab website: “Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California” explains that “California will soon reform traffic analysis under CEQA by replacing ‘level of...more

7/16/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies Infrastructure Public Projects

CEQA Reform: The Third Rail of California Politics - BB&K's Sarah Owsowitz Examines the Challenges of Reforming the California...

When I think about the California Environmental Quality Act, I am reminded of a line from the TV show “The West Wing,” in which a character remarked that Social Security was the “third rail” of American politics – never to be...more

9/26/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

Broad Reform of the California Environmental Quality Act Shelved for 2013 - Several CEQA Bills Await the Governor’s Signature

After promises of far-reaching reform in 2013, the state Legislature has instead proposed only a few tweaks to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Several CEQA-related bills were passed by the Legislature and...more

9/17/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies Jerry Brown Proposed Legislation

Court of Appeal Rules Setting Thresholds is Not a "Project" Under CEQA - Air District’s CEQA Thresholds for Greenhouse Gases...

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal for the First District issued its ruling in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In a win for public agencies, the court held that establishing...more

8/15/2013 - Air Pollution CEQA Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Public Projects

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