Regulations Action Team

Action Team Lead

  • Jason Barrett, Milken Institute


Action Teams are chartered to address key priorities that regions across the state have identified as critical to advancing the triple bottom line--simultaenous growth in the economy, improvement in environmental quality, and increased opportunity for all.

Problem Statement

  • While the state must continue to preserve environmental quality, workplace safety and consumer protection, California’s complex, difficult-to-navigate regulations are imposing unnecessary costs on businesses, taxpayers, and consumers.
  • Regulatory processes are excessively prescriptive and process-oriented—and over time many have departed significantly from their original legislative intent.
  • While the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has strong benefits to ecosystems, public health, and environmental quality, the CEQA process has been misused, often substantially increasing costs of projects and hampering regional competitiveness.

Goal Statement

  • Strengthen California’s high environmental, worker-protection and public-standards safety, while turning regulations into a competitive advantage.
  • Develop technology-based systems to track applications at every step in the process.
  • Modify selected regulatory processes to improve accountability, transparency, consistency of process, and timeliness.
  • Create incentives for companies and industries that have voluntarily adopted best practices and higher environmental standards than required by law.
  • Measure customer satisfaction using an independently developed online system.
  • Maintain a focus on CEQA modernization by focusing on administrative and regulatory over legislative solutions; determine whether pilot tracking system can be implemented.


To read more about the team’s activity, click on the Summit 2015 Progress Tracker. Check out the team’s accomplishments in 2012 and 2013-14, as well.

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