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Two CEQA-Reform Bills Signed By Governor

Brown's main reason for signing the bills: "Too Damn Many Regulations". One gives environmental clearance for the AEG stadium in downtown LA, and the other other accelerates environmental review for projects costing at least $100 million.
September 29, 2011, 8am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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Brown: "We're gonna remove some regulations, we're gonna speed things up and we're gonna protect the environment. But we're also gonna do it in a practical way, because there are too damn many regulations. Let's be clear about that!" (Audio available).

The two bills the governor signed were SB 292: California Environmental Quality Act: administrative and judicial review procedures: City of Los Angeles - stadium and AB 900: Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011. One CEQA-reform bill remains on his desk, SB 226, that would "exempt from the requirements of CEQA the installation of a solar energy system, including associated equipment, on the roof of an existing building or an existing parking lot meeting specified conditions."

From LA Times/Environment: Jerry Brown signs bill that limits delays to L.A. stadium project: "...the massive project inched closer to execution Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a controversial bill that limits lawsuits that could delay it. Speaking at a news conference... Brown said California's high unemployment demands "big ideas and big projects."

"But not everyone cheered Brown's move.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said public and nonprofit projects should also be eligible for expedited judicial review. And the environmental community has found itself divided over the bills, even though both require projects to include green features."

Thanks to The Nooner

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Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Capital Public Radio
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