How to make overdue reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act

In Politics by Michael Rae

It’s possible to argue that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has done more to harm the lives of hard-working Californians than it has done to help the environment. The act has increased the costs of living and doing business in the state and is one of the reasons residents and employers flee to other states like Arizona and Texas.

Recently, and infamously, CEQA prevented the University of California-Berkeley from expanding because students would have had nowhere to live. In The New York Times, Ezra Klein wrote:

Zoom out from the specifics, though, and look at what it reveals about