The Environmental Law That Is Strangling California
By Chris Carr
Pat Brown, California’s governor from 1959 to 1967, helped make the University of California the world’s pre-eminent public university system. In 1970 he said that he had given “the highest priority to education, because I felt the greatness of California would depend upon an educated people.” That same year, Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the first holistic environmental-review statute enacted by a state—the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
The law was intended to ensure that consideration of environmental impact would be a part of the government’s approval process for construction projects