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Kinkisharyo and IBEW win; CEQA loses?
Kinkisharyo and IBEW win; CEQA loses?

When Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the deal he had helped broker between Japanese light-rail manufacturer Kinkisharyo International and the electrical workers union, it was a win for the economy in Los Angeles County. But for environmentalists? Not so much. At issue was whether Kinkisharyo would add a manufacturing facility to its assembly and testing operations in the county. The company won a $900-million contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2012 based in part on its promise to employ more people and build cars here, but two manufacturing sites it proposed in Palmdale drew a series of real or threatened environmental challenges by organized labor and its allies. Fed...

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