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So Why Doesn't CEQA Change?
Bill Fulton says lots of people complain about CEQA but it keeps not changing for a reason: almost everyone has something to gain from the way it is now. In his monthly "Insight" commentary for the California Planning & Development Report, he writes: "Environmental and citizen groups have always used CEQA to gain leverage, of course – that’s the point of the law. But today, unions, business trade associations, rival local government agencies, and even the building industry all use CEQA to gain leverage over some local political process, and in most cases there’s no other way for them to get so much leverage."