Reform CEQA for all, not just the favored few

 

Steve Ballmer is looking forward to his first season as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers October 30, 2014.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

 

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At the end of the recently concluded legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that should have given them significant heartburn: whether to give the billionaire developers of a new Los Angeles Clippers arena in Inglewood a “get out of court free” card regarding the California Environmental Quality Act.

Though the bill failed to pass a policy committee, if history is any guide, the Democrat-controlled Legislature will eventually approve such a measure. In recent years lawmakers have granted this CEQA lawsuit “remedy reform” to the Legislature’s own office building project and to the owners of L.A. and Sacramento professional sports teams.

Not surprisingly, pandering to big money donors and shielding themselves from the regulations they impose on others is “business-as-usual” in Sacramento.

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