CEQA http://kvpr.org en Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/amended-ceqa-bill-passes-legislature <p class="p1">Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s pleased with the California Environmental Quality Act changes he pushed through at the end of this year’s session – and he won’t be carrying a broader CEQA overhaul next year.</p><p class="p3">“It's always easy to say, oh, it wasn't everything that somebody else thinks it should be.&nbsp; Well, I thought what was presented last year went way too far.&nbsp; So I think this is an excellent result and represents real, responsible reform," says Steinberg.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:39:36 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21545 at http://kvpr.org Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-adjourn-year-after-busy-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers are done for the year.&nbsp; They adjourned just past midnight Friday after a busy and at times chaotic final day – and night – of action.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:21:07 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21541 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-has-blunt-words-ceqa-overhaul-backers <p>California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has a blunt warning for business groups backing a major overhaul of the environmental law that governs development projects in the state:</p><p>“You want to move a mile, we’ll move a mile.&nbsp; You want to move 100 miles in ways that may not be good, that’s not gonna happen within this bill,” says Steinberg.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:37:33 +0000 Ben Adler 20051 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session http://kvpr.org/post/sacramento-lawmakers-start-sprint-end-session <p>After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there’s no shortage of things to get done.</p><p>Members of the California Assembly buzz around the chamber like kids just back to school after a long summer break. Colleagues greet each other and catch up, having spent a month away from Sacramento on summer recess. And like a stern teacher, Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos had to ask everyone to settle down.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:35:00 +0000 Katie Orr 19525 at http://kvpr.org In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal http://kvpr.org/post/ceqa-overhaul-supporters-not-happy-current-proposal <p>As negotiations over a potential overhaul of California’s landmark environmental law enter their final weeks, supporters of rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act say the current proposal falls short of reform.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:42:41 +0000 Ben Adler 19159 at http://kvpr.org CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal Major CEQA Legislation Passes First Committee Test http://kvpr.org/post/major-ceqa-legislation-passes-first-committee-test <p>Lawmakers are considering a number of bills that would change California’s Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The more than 40-year-old law guides almost all development projects in the state.</p><p>The bill garnering the most attention passed its first legislative test today. Democratic Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg’s bill would streamline some aspects of the environmental law.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:45:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 14489 at http://kvpr.org Major CEQA Legislation Passes First Committee Test Governor Brown Says CEQA Changes Aren't Likely http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-says-ceqa-changes-arent-likely <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says he likely won’t be able to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA) this legislative session. He says he believes it would be difficult to move the process forward.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the comment took Democratic Senate President pro </span>Tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Darrell Steinberg by surprise. He says he intends to continue fighting for his legislation that makes changes to </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:37:46 +0000 Amy Quinton 13704 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Says CEQA Changes Aren't Likely Why Unions Oppose Overhauling CEQA http://kvpr.org/post/why-unions-oppose-overhauling-ceqa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The coalition of groups that will fight efforts in the state legislature this year to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act is taking shape.&nbsp; It includes environmental groups, some Democratic lawmakers … and labor unions.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on why unions are on this side of the </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> debate.</span></p><div> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:08:47 +0000 Ben Adler 12090 at http://kvpr.org Why Unions Oppose Overhauling CEQA Analysis: Big Issues Await Rubio In New Job As Oil Industry Lobbyist http://kvpr.org/post/analysis-big-issues-await-rubio-new-job-oil-industry-lobbyist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When former state Senator Michael Rubio begins work in Sacramento Monday as government relations manager for Chevron, he'll arrive to a full slate of issues involving the oil industry.</span></p><p>While state law prohibits ex-elected officials from registering as lobbyists for one year after leaving office, Rubio is expected to sidestep that provision by assuming a management role with the oil giant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 09:21:47 +0000 Joe Moore 11543 at http://kvpr.org Analysis: Big Issues Await Rubio In New Job As Oil Industry Lobbyist Dozens of Bills Introduced to Change Environmental Law http://kvpr.org/post/dozens-bills-introduced-change-environmental-law <p></p><p class="p1">California lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills that make changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA.&nbsp; As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, critics of the 43-year-old law say it’s a barrier to economic growth.</p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:40:17 +0000 Amy Quinton 11559 at http://kvpr.org Dozens of Bills Introduced to Change Environmental Law Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-allow-developers-select-their-own-environmental-consultants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Developers in Fresno County will soon be able to hire firms of their own choosing to study the environmental impacts of proposed projects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Board of Supervisors approved the new policy Tuesday on a 5-0 vote, saying that it will speed up the development process, and help to create jobs.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:15:12 +0000 Joe Moore 11373 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants What Does Senator Michael Rubio's Resignation Mean For the Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/what-does-senator-michael-rubios-resignation-mean-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State&nbsp;</span>Senator Michael Rubio stunned political observers with his surprise resignation on Friday morning. A moderate Democrat, Rubio was leading efforts to change the state's landmark environmental law, the California Environmental Quality Act.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:38:21 +0000 Joe Moore 11210 at http://kvpr.org What Does Senator Michael Rubio's Resignation Mean For the Valley? Bill Calls For New Courts Dedicated to CEQA Cases http://kvpr.org/post/bill-calls-new-courts-dedicated-ceqa-cases <p></p><div><p>Lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act, or&nbsp;CEQA&nbsp;are often criticized for delaying projects. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, one lawmaker has introduced a bill that he says might speed up the judicial process.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:32:15 +0000 Amy Quinton 11204 at http://kvpr.org Bill Calls For New Courts Dedicated to CEQA Cases Fight Over Key Environmental Law Heats Up In Sacramento http://kvpr.org/post/fight-over-key-environmental-law-heats-sacramento <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What some see as California’s most important environmental law, others see as an economic impediment. The 43-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, or </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, guides almost every development project in the state. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jerry Brown and many lawmakers say it’s time to modernize it. But As Amy Quinton reports, how to do that is a question with no easy answers.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:58:40 +0000 Amy Quinton 10624 at http://kvpr.org Fight Over Key Environmental Law Heats Up In Sacramento Overhaul of Environmental Law Dead for the Year http://kvpr.org/post/overhaul-environmental-law-dead-year <p></p><p>A last-minute effort at the State Capitol to overhaul California’s complex environmental review process for development projects is dead for the year. A big push from business and labor groups to reform the law came to an abrupt halt today.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:44:10 +0000 Ben Adler 2798 at http://kvpr.org Overhaul of Environmental Law Dead for the Year Business and Labor Groups Aim to Change California's Environmental Law http://kvpr.org/post/business-and-labor-groups-aim-change-californias-environmental-law <p>With just two weeks left in the legislative session, some business and labor groups are pushing to change California's complex environmental review process for building and construction projects.</p><p>Jim Earp is with a coalition of construction unions. He says the law gets abused by being used to stall new development.</p><p>“It's not always just about how many end up in lawsuits, its, and this is particularly true in public infrastructure projects, how much the delay adds to the cost of that project.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 01:10:18 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 2600 at http://kvpr.org Capitol Rally For Valley Air Tackles Fracking, CEQA Reforms http://kvpr.org/post/capitol-rally-valley-air-tackles-fracking-ceqa-reforms <p>Around 40 environmental and public health activists from the San Joaquin Valley staged a rally today at the state capitol, pushing for a wide range of regulatory and legislative actions that they claim will improve air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.</p><p>The Central Valley Air Quality Coalition traveled to Sacramento to gather public support and to meet with legislators on a number of environmental issues. The group is asking the legislature to fund more air quality monitors in the Valley and in the Sierra, as well as to restore a monitoring site in Arvin that had been moved.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:08:28 +0000 Joe Moore 2330 at http://kvpr.org