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Legislature Passes Arena Bill

Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 743 (“SB 743”) on September 27, 2013. The bill amends the Public Resources Code to streamline the environmental review for the new downtown arena in Sacramento and eliminate...more

2013 CEQA and Land Use Legislative Roundup: Baby Steps, Few Leaps as California Remains Committed to Sustainable Policies

Although 2013 was not a banner year for the passage of new environmental legislation, Governor Brown did sign several bills that make modest changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), revisit incentives for...more

California Supreme Court Weighs in on the CEQA Projected Baseline Issue

On August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (S202828), which attempted to answer once and for all whether a lead agency can...more

Perfect Storm for CEQA Reform In 2013? Former Govs Weigh In

Hot on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address, which raised the need for CEQA reform (as noted in my immediately-preceding blog post), a trio of former California governors has echoed and...more

The Evolution of Smart Growth: The new mantra of land-use planning.

Originally published in Western Real Estate Business - October 2012. In land-use planning, as in other fields that respond to developing trends, yesterday’s truth becomes tomorrow’s heresy. Housing and development...more

The Long & Winding Road: The EPA's Amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure Rules

After a lengthy delay, characterized by some as "absurd," the EPA's 2002 amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules look like they will finally go into effect for most of the regulatory...more

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