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Lawmakers Rally to Save CEQA Law

The California Environmental Quality Act has protected communities from pollution and given the public a chance to voice concerns for 42 years.

Thirty-two Sacamento lawmakers are taking a stand against possible last-minute legislation to undermine California’s most significant environmental protection law, the California Environmental Quality Act.

Among the lawmakers are Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who represent Marin County.

The 42-year old law, known as CEQA (pronounced SEE-quah) has protected communities from pollution and allowed citizens to have a voice in decisions affecting their neighborhoods, public health and quality of life. 

In a letter sent to Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez, Huffman and his colleagues urged the leaders to “oppose any proposal to create significant new exemptions or otherwise re-write CEQA in the days ahead.”

“The protections CEQA affords are too important to change without careful, thoughtful analysis and review by stakeholders, the public, and a full, deliberative legislative process,” said Huffman in the letter. “We stand ready to work with you on thoughtful CEQA improvements.”

Are you concerned about legislation to weaken the California Environmental Quality Act?

George Barich August 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
CEQA has gone too far. The signs of it are everywhere and even Jerry Brown and many of the democrats are understanding it now and trying to save their party. Yeah, let's slow the economy down some more with more CEQA.
Darris August 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
CEQA isn't perfect but it's what we have and must not be undermined in any way. We've done untold damage to our environment, much that we will never recover from. To degrade CEQA would be blasphemy. Thank you to Noreen Evans, Jared Huffman and Mark Leno for taking a stand. And to all of our representatives who are willing to stand up for CEQA.
Marjorie Helm August 23, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Assembly Member Michael Allen is also on the team working to protect CEQA. Assembly Member Allen is running for election to represent Sonoma and Marin Counties in the Assembly. We will be well-served by his incredible work ethic and strong environmental credentials.
George Barich August 23, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Blasphemy? I love it.
Petaluma Seer August 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The City Council broke CEQA Law when they approved the Deer Creek Village project without consideration of it's missing funding of it'sTraffic infrastructure mitigation of the 10,551 new vehicles daily on McDowell Blvd. This affects not only the Easide, but parts of the Westside intersections and the traffic movement of the 101 freeway corridors. Further, they ignored that it is out of compliance policies and guidlines within the General Plan. If they continue to do this during the appeal process, when it returns to the City Council, then the letters of CEQA Law come in to decide it for the City. They do not have the funding for Rainier, only ongoing grand schemes of how, in over the last, 40 or so yrs., it maybe, might, be possible to have funding for it. Show us the Money now, or reduce the project, and it's traffic impacts! We shall see if Jared Huffman supports CEQA Law here in Petaluma. This is an election year, and also for the City Council. Talk means nothing, just show us the money for the infrastructure first, and the mitigations first, or reduce the project.

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