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Former Govs Want CEQA Reform

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Three out of five of the most recent governors of California (both Dems and Repubs) have written an op-ed for the San Diego Union-Tribune calling for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA, which is supposed to allow everyday citizens to sue to stop damaging development projects, has been attacked for having unintended consequences and for breeding frivolous lawsuits. The letter mentions one of LA's more famous brushes with the law's pernicious side effects: "in Los Angeles, a company that owns several student housing buildings near USC filed a CEQA lawsuit against another developer in an attempt to stop them from building a competing project in the area." [SDUT]