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Q&A: San Diego Environmental Advocate Nicole Captrez Joins SGC

For 20 years, Nicole Capretz has been advocating for environmental justice in the San Diego area, most recently as founder and executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. Capretz is now extending her reach beyond San Diego.

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Insight: What Berkeley Case Tells Us About SB 35

Exemption for historic landmarks could limit law's use in exactly the locations where housing should be built.

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Housing Element EIR Can Use Future Baseline

It's a policy document that accommodates growth rather than inducing it, appellate court says.

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Hollywood Target: CEQA Inside-Out

Appellate Court gives green light to complete half-built project after rejecting plaintiff's CEQA arguments.

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Housing Again Dominates Bills for Brown's Consideration

Like a symphony that starts with the crescendo, this year’s legislative season opened with the introduction of Senator Scot Weiner’s Senate Bill 827

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Insight: The State Gets Tough On Housing Elements

Two important bills would make important methodology changes. And HCD is cracking down on enforcement.

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Opportunity Zones Look Promising For California

But will investors do what cities need them to do?

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Temporary Zoning-GP Inconsistency Is OK, Cal Supremes Rule

Referendum that repeals zoning ordinance cannot be knocked off the ballot of a city has the ability to quickly reconcile the inconsistency.

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Development Agreements Can't Be Passed By Initiative

Appellate court says negotiation with local government is an essential part of the process.

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SPUR Head Metcalf Bids Farewell to Transformed, Challenged Bay Area

SPUR's Gabe Metcalf recently announced his departure for The Committee for Sydney

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San Francisco Breaks New Ground on Accessory Units

But can S.F.'s lessons be translated to other cities?

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"Fact-Based Comments" Carry The Day In Fremont

Objections to townhome project were not just opinion, appellate court rules -- thus opening the way for an environmental impact report.

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SLO County Vineyard Well Permits Don't Require CEQA Analysis

In a blow to enviromentalists, appellate court says groundwater supply issues must be dealt with under state groundwater act, not well permits designed to deal with water quality.

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Nothing Unusual About Diablo Canyon

Berkeley Hillside rule doesn't apply to nuke plant's lease extension.

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Justice Kavanaugh's Strike Zone

How the Supreme Court nominee interprets the Endangered Species Act is likely to have a profound impact on land-use patterns in California.

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State of Resistance

Manuel Pastor reminds us of how much California has changed.

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Regions Contemplate New, Tougher Carbon Emissions Targets

Air Resources Board lowers 2035 targets by a percentage point, or more, for many MPOs

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Suit Attacks Greenhouse Gas Scoping Plan in Name of Social Justice

A coalition of civil rights groups is suing the Air Resources Board, claiming its 2017 greenhouse gas reduction Scoping Plan will impede development of housing

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