Since the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted (over 40 years ago), the law has grown both in size and scope, resulting in various instances of CEQA being used for nonenvironmental purposes and also holding up critical projects (such as transit, affordable housing, hospitals) that our economy so desperately needs to move forward. The LAEDC supports efforts to restore the original intent of CEQA and strengthen its environmental protections by assuring the informed consideration of the environmental impacts of any project; by protecting a petitioner’s right to raise legitimate environmental concerns; and by mitigating CEQA’s ability to be nefariously abused for nonenvironmental objectives.
- LA Daily News op-ed: CEQA Reform is needed (10/28/2014) - CEQA again used to block worthy jobs-creating project, in apparent deliberate misuse of Act’s noble intent. LAEDC president and CEO Bill Allen and SCAG executive director Hasan Ikhrata coauthor op-ed discussuing...
- KABC News video: CEQA used to block hundreds of jobs in Palmdale (10/21/2014) - Rail car manufacturer Kinkisharyo’s job-creation plans thwarted by special interests — CEQA reform is needed / Kinkisharyo had planned to build a permanent manufacturing facility in Palmdale that...
- LA initiates environmental process for Groundwater Replenishment Project (10/10/2013) -
- LAEDC Signs onto SB 731 Letter, Urging Meaningful CEQA Reform (7/30/2013) -
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- LAEDC SIGNS ONTO SB 731 LETTER, URGING MEANINGFUL CEQA REFORM – July 2013
- “CEQA: That 70’s Law” — by Bill Allen and Maura O’Connor
- Support of SB 317 (Rubio), August 22, 2012
- “LAEDC Co-Hosts CEQA Tour“
(page last updated on July 30, 2013)