CEQA

 

 

The California Environmental Quality
Act, enacted in 1970, requires state
and local agencies to estimate and
communicate environmental impacts
of projects and adopt all feasible
mitigation measures to reduce or
eliminate those impacts.

 

 


Reporting on CEQA  

Summit calls for review of CEQA Guidelines
July 30, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Summit calls for review of CEQA Guidelines

Effort to update interpretations of key environmental regulation near completion Read More »

How the Summit can drive a new approach to CEQA reform
March 03, 2014 by Justin Ewers

How the Summit can drive a new approach to CEQA reform

Four ways to improve the CEQA process Read More »

Eleven Summit ideas for reacting to California drought while advancing sustainable prosperity
February 25, 2014 by Justin Ewers

Eleven Summit ideas for reacting to California drought while advancing sustainable prosperity

Response to water crisis demands long view, results Read More »

CEQA Roundup: A few provisions get applause as governor quietly signs CEQA reform bill
September 30, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: A few provisions get applause as governor quietly signs CEQA reform bill

Year of CEQA Reform yields step forward Read More »

CEQA Roundup: A win for the Kings and Steinberg. But for CEQA reform?
September 13, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: A win for the Kings and Steinberg. But for CEQA reform?

What does final arena bill do? Read More »

CEQA Roundup: After meeting with governor, Steinberg puts comprehensive CEQA bill on hold
September 12, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: After meeting with governor, Steinberg puts comprehensive CEQA bill on hold

Senate leader shifts focus to arena Read More »

CEQA Roundup: With vote coming this week, amendments reveal Steinberg’s scaled-back ambitions
September 09, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: With vote coming this week, amendments reveal Steinberg’s scaled-back ambitions

Checking out the final reform bill Read More »

CEQA Roundup: What would Steinberg’s bill actually do for infill?
August 21, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: What would Steinberg’s bill actually do for infill?

Examining how far CEQA reforms would go as clock runs down Read More »

CEQA Roundup: With time running out, Steinberg doubles down on infill, tries to pull back business
August 15, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: With time running out, Steinberg doubles down on infill, tries to pull back business

Updating CEQA for infill projects, Steinberg made clear, is in. Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Reform bill amendments reveal what’s been taken off the table
August 07, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Reform bill amendments reveal what’s been taken off the table

Changes to CEQA bill ratchet back reforms Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Have negotiations really stalled?
August 05, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Have negotiations really stalled?

CEQA may be nearing a political impasse only the governor can resolve Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Debate over big changes to CEQA is happening, just not publicly
July 09, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Debate over big changes to CEQA is happening, just not publicly

Still large, unresolved differences among the business interests, environmental groups, and labor unions Read More »

CEQA Roundup - The Good, Bad & Potentially Bad: What business thinks of reform bills
June 07, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup - The Good, Bad & Potentially Bad: What business thinks of reform bills

Taking stock of CEQA reform bills so far Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Reform wins unanimously in Senate, what to watch for next
May 31, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Reform wins unanimously in Senate, what to watch for next

The state Senate demonstrated overwhelming, bipartisan support for CEQA reform this week Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Steinberg bill advances, as does enviro-backed legislation to expand law’s scope
May 24, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Steinberg bill advances, as does enviro-backed legislation to expand law’s scope

The two bills that propose the most comprehensive changes to the law survived the committee process Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Faced with budget uncertainty (again), how much can Steinberg do?
May 17, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Faced with budget uncertainty (again), how much can Steinberg do?

Senate leader juggles CEQA reform & budget questions Read More »

CEQA Roundup: What the CEQA debate is really about
May 10, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: What the CEQA debate is really about

While some environmental groups have pushed back on Steinberg's proposals, other environmentalists feel the bill doesn't go far enough Read More »

CEQA Roundup: For a moment, everyone lines up behind Steinberg
May 03, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: For a moment, everyone lines up behind Steinberg

Senate leader's CEQA reform bill gets past committee Read More »

CEQA Roundup: What Steinberg bill does (and doesn’t) do
April 26, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: What Steinberg bill does (and doesn’t) do

With this week's bill, has Steinberg found that sweet spot? Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Rifts among Dems start to show
April 19, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Rifts among Dems start to show

Senate leader reacts to Gov. Brown surprise statement Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Is reform really on “life support?”
April 12, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Is reform really on “life support?”

CEQA bills take hits from all sides; compromise bill still out there Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Reform now in three flavors before legislature
April 05, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Reform now in three flavors before legislature

Reform action moves to committees Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Five things to watch for
March 29, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Five things to watch for

Debate moves onto next round as Legislature returns from recess Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Questions linger about speeding up CEQA process
March 22, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Questions linger about speeding up CEQA process

SF supervisor takes own reform path while debate continues Read More »

Video: Are San Francisco’s bike lanes green enough for CEQA?
March 18, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Video: Are San Francisco’s bike lanes green enough for CEQA?

Talking to Sierra Club about bike plan holdup Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Muscle-flexing in Sacramento complicates reform debate
March 15, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Muscle-flexing in Sacramento complicates reform debate

CEQA debate gets even more convoluted Read More »

Video: CEQA compromise stops San Franciscans from being priced out of homes
March 08, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Video: CEQA compromise stops San Franciscans from being priced out of homes

Public health input of CEQA brings about happy medium Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Debate resets with Jerry Hill appointment
March 08, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Debate resets with Jerry Hill appointment

What new environmental chair means to CEQA reform Read More »

Video: CEQA lawsuit puts brakes on Sacramento Railyards project
March 07, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Video: CEQA lawsuit puts brakes on Sacramento Railyards project

Construction idles for 6 years while competitor & union challenge development Read More »

Video: The $500,000 gas pump & using California environmental law against competitor
March 06, 2013 by Cheryl Getuiza

Video: The $500,000 gas pump & using California environmental law against competitor

CEQA challenge from gas station competitor added months to installing more pumps Read More »

CEQA Roundup: What’s next after Rubio?
March 01, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: What’s next after Rubio?

The CEQA legislation has taken a backseat to the news story of Rubio's Senate departure. Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Senate leader Steinberg intros CEQA bill hours after Rubio resigns
February 22, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Senate leader Steinberg intros CEQA bill hours after Rubio resigns

Senator to work as lobbyist; reform bill on its way, says Steinberg Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Deadline looming but no word yet on reform specifics
February 14, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Deadline looming but no word yet on reform specifics

Deadline looms for California Environmental Quality Act reform Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Stakes go up after Texas showdown with new opposition forming
February 08, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Stakes go up after Texas showdown with new opposition forming

Governors, labor, newspapers & new pro-CEQA coalition weigh in as legislative deadline nears Read More »

Dueling websites tell different stories about CEQA
February 06, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Dueling websites tell different stories about CEQA

CEQA reform sites highlight environmental law "successes" or "abuses" Read More »

Video: State senator says do no harm to CEQA
February 04, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Video: State senator says do no harm to CEQA

Sen. Noreen Evans argues education & transportation higher priorities Read More »

CEQA Roundup: Battle taking shape after Gov. Brown’s speech
February 01, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup: Battle taking shape after Gov. Brown’s speech

Busy week as environmental reform adversaries trade fire & legislation introduced Read More »

There’s a better way than CEQA: Urban Planner’s Perspective
January 31, 2013 by Justin Ewers

There’s a better way than CEQA: Urban Planner’s Perspective

The California environmental law causes urban sprawl, says planning leader Read More »

New coalition of school & public works agencies signs on for CEQA reform
January 30, 2013 by Justin Ewers

New coalition of school & public works agencies signs on for CEQA reform

Group calls for specific reforms in CA environmental law Read More »

CEQA Roundup – Who’s saying what this week
January 25, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA Roundup – Who’s saying what this week

Roundup of news on efforts to reform or defend California's enviro quality act Read More »

Video: Ensuring California rural poor not forgotten in CEQA
January 24, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Video: Ensuring California rural poor not forgotten in CEQA

Community group supports CEQA's public participation; but wants more accountability Read More »

California jobs comeback gets top billing in Governor’s State of State
January 24, 2013 by Justin Ewers

California jobs comeback gets top billing in Governor’s State of State

Brown highlights job growth but says much to be done with regulations, CEQA, workforce Read More »

Video: CEQA as public health tool
January 23, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Video: CEQA as public health tool

Using California environmental law to protect the poor Read More »

Middle ground exists on CEQA reform - Environmental attorney
January 22, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Middle ground exists on CEQA reform - Environmental attorney

Attorney wrote the book on CEQA, says compromise possible on abuse Read More »

Save or tear down? CEQA works for question of historic buildings
January 21, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Save or tear down? CEQA works for question of historic buildings

Land use attorney says saving structures often better for environment Read More »

CEQA reform is long overdue – Environmental lawyer’s perspective
January 18, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA reform is long overdue – Environmental lawyer’s perspective

Attorney says CEQA lawsuits holding back environmentally conscious growth Read More »

Video: Labor leader speaks out on CEQA reform
January 18, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Video: Labor leader speaks out on CEQA reform

Union rep says reform conversation should be bigger, not just about CEQA Read More »

Where things stand on CEQA: Steinberg still pushing for reform
January 17, 2013 by Justin Ewers

Where things stand on CEQA: Steinberg still pushing for reform

Senate leader gives update on environmental law reform after aborted attempt last year Read More »

CEQA reform isn’t what it seems to be - Law professor’s perspective
January 16, 2013 by Justin Ewers

CEQA reform isn’t what it seems to be - Law professor’s perspective

California environmental law expert questions timing, motives of CEQA reformers Read More »

CEQA modernization debate begins to intensify
January 14, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

CEQA modernization debate begins to intensify

Needs work or works just fine? Talk about CA environmental law ramps up over weekend Read More »

Protecting & Strengthening California’s Environmental ‘Bill of Rights’
January 11, 2013 by Abigail Okrent and Bruce Reznik, Planning & Conservation League

Protecting & Strengthening California’s Environmental ‘Bill of Rights’

Planning and Conservation League seeks robust CEQA discussion at annual forum Read More »

New study finds infill & public transit projects caught up in CEQA net
January 10, 2013 by Justin Ewers

New study finds infill & public transit projects caught up in CEQA net

CEQA lawsuit picture more complicated than groups on either side of reform say Read More »

Conversation about CEQA in the 21st century
January 07, 2013 by Ed Coghlan

Conversation about CEQA in the 21st century

New series on California's landmark environmental law to spark dialogue Read More »

California jobs picture mixed; CEQA modernization next year?
December 27, 2012 by Ed Coghlan

California jobs picture mixed; CEQA modernization next year?

Another look at California's jobs news & looking ahead to next year Read More »

Reform the word of day at Milken’s California Summit
November 15, 2012 by John Guenther

Reform the word of day at Milken’s California Summit

Energy innovation, real estate, pension reform: see what else was on tap at #CASummit Read More »

Is it time for California to get on the CEQA reform bus?
November 07, 2012 by Cheryl Getuiza

Is it time for California to get on the CEQA reform bus?

Momentum to discuss & reform CEQA goes on tour in California cities Read More »


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