LA Times - Mar 3
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule on Monday, March 3 to restrict the amount of sulfur in gasoline. The rule will reduce sulfur emissions from automobiles, and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's current sulfur standards. The new national rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan, and South Korea. The low-sulfur gasoline should be available at the pump by January 2017.
The SacBee Business News - Feb 28
A three-justice panel of the Third District Court of Appeal ruled on February 25 that the City of Woodland’s approval of a proposed regional shopping mall failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The court found that four of the five mitigation measures in the project’s final environmental impact report (EIR) “are too speculative, vague and noncommittal to comply” with CEQA. In a 49-page opinion, the appellate court, in reversing the decision of the trial court, found that the City “did not properly assess the merits of the mixed-use alternative” to the project – called Gateway II – and that the impact report is flawed in its failure to consider energy impacts created by increased traffic, the construction itself and the mall’s operation generally.” Gateway II would expand the existing Gateway center next to Interstate 5, home to Costco, Target and Best Buy. The expansion would sit on 61 acres with 340,000 square feet of retail space, including big-box sites and 22 acres for auto dealerships.
SF Gate - Bay Area News - Feb 28
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments released a joint statement saying they had reached an out-of-court settlement with the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area over "Plan Bay Area," a nine-county regional plan that addresses transportation planning and funding and land-use strategy. According to the regional agencies' statement, MTC and ABAG agree to monitor regional development patterns, including keeping track of types of residential development and issuance of building permits. Three lawsuits by other parties challenging "Plan Bay Area" are still pending.