Sarah E. Owsowitz

Sarah E. Owsowitz

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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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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