Natural Resources budget trailer bill would exempt habitat restoration projects from CEQA

Aerial photo of Franks Tract

SB 155, the Senate Natural Resources budget trailer bill, provides $593 million for projects that “advance multi-benefit and nature based solutions" this fiscal year, and another $175 million next fiscal year. Section 23 of the bill exempts the following projects from the California Environmental Quality Act: (1) A project to conserve, restore, protect, or enhance, … Continue reading Natural Resources budget trailer bill would exempt habitat restoration projects from CEQA

Systemic racism and implementation of environmental laws in California

In light of recent events, we all need to be considering how California systematically fails to protect the lives of black and minority residents.  It’s not just turning a blind eye to police misconduct, but also failing to value black and minority lives in implementation of environmental laws. Pollution disproportionately impacts minority communities.  As reported … Continue reading Systemic racism and implementation of environmental laws in California