State Environment Law Targeted at CEO Summit
Reform of the state's landmark environmental law is high on the wish list of business leaders and public officials who met today at a Silicon Valley CEO summit.
The 40-year-old California Environmental Quality Act regulates development--but many say it's often being used to kill worthwhile projects and stifle job growth.
During a panel today, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom recalled a lawsuit filed to stop expansion of San Francisco bike lanes when he was mayor.
"And for years and years one individual happily, enthusiastically thumbed his nose at the city," Newsom said. "For fun. For sport. That's an abuse and perverse. And that's wrong."
Gov. Jerry Brown says changing CEQA is one of his top priorities. Lobbyists for business, labor and environmentall groups gearing up for a big fight.