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Gov. Jerry Brown has joined business groups in seeking reform, referring to CEQA, as now practiced, as “a blob.” But the environmental and labor groups that have used its provisions effectively have resisted major change.
Do something for us, they could and sometimes would implicitly threaten, or we’ll tie up your project in court for years or even decades and it will die an expensive, lingering death. Many payoff demands have absolutely nothing to do with environmental protection.