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CEQA group responds to State of the State address

Posted: January 24, 2013 11:11 a.m.
Updated: January 24, 2013 11:11 a.m.

The CEQA Working Group issued the following statements in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech today:

“We also need to rethink and streamline our regulatory procedures, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act. Our approach needs to be based more on consistent standards that provide greater certainty and cut needless delays.” Governor Jerry Brown, State of the State, 1/24/13

Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Co-Chair, CEQA Working Group:

“We thank the Governor for his statements in support of regulatory reform, emphasis on modernizing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). We look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to achieve these objectives. CEQA is a great law that has unfortunately been misused-- discouraging investments in our communities that not only foster economic growth and job creation, but help us meet our environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals.” ­

Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair, CEQA Working Group:

"Modernizing CEQA is essential if we're to successfully grow our economy. With thoughtful, responsible changes, CEQA can be modernized to function in a way that contributes to, not stands in the way of, the economic and environmental vitality of California."

About the CEQA Working Group:

The CEQA Working Group is a broad coalition representing business, labor, schools, hospitals, clean tech, transit, affordable housing and other organizations that are pushing for moderate reforms to CEQA that will preserve its original intent – environmental protection and public disclosure – while eliminating some of the misuses of CEQA that hurt job creation, community renewal and our environment.

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