Vol. 26 No. 16 August 15, 2011
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The retirement of Peter Douglas, the 26-year executive director of the California Coastal Commission, has unleashed a tsunami of superlatives from admirers: “legend,” “tremendous,” “staunch advocate.” For decades, Douglas has been a lighting rod of both praise and criticism for the Coastal Commission. Some say that, under his direction, the commission has protected coastal resources that otherwise would have been lost. Others say that during his tenure the commission has been too strict, too capricious, and too dismissive of property rights.
Gail Goldberg arrived in the City of Los Angeles during robust times. Appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be director of the Department of City Planning—after holding the same position in the City of San Diego—Goldberg arrived in a Los Angeles poised to embrace density and reinvent itself during the post-millennial real estate boom. Plans to streamline the department and create “elegant density” were hampered, however, by the recession and, by Goldberg’s own admission, difficulties in reaching consensus and doing citywide planning in a place as large and diverse as Los Angeles.
Jurisdictions across California have slowly come to accept that their environmental reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act now must address greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, relatively few rulings exist to help jurisdictions establish thresholds by which to analyze a project’s GHG impact. A recent case suggests that Assembly Bill 32, California’s 2006 climate change law, may provide a reasonable guide.