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Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA
Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA

There are few state laws developers loathe more than the California Environmental Quality Act. They complain that CEQA requires endless studies at an exorbitant cost. Drawn-out public hearings and threats of lawsuits can make development too unpredictable and risky. Interested parties — from environmentalists to neighborhood associations to labor unions to competitors — can use the law to tie up projects in court for years in an effort to extract concessions or kill them altogether. Up to a point, these criticisms are fair. The 1970 law has become too cumbersome, costly and prone to abuse, and is ripe for reform. But its basic tenet — informed decision making — is...

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