PCL in the News


Environmentalists Say They Were Shut Out of Talks on Building Housing Faster

San Francisco Public Press
By Kevin Stark, April 1, 2019

Both the California builders’ lobby and the state’s largest trade union for construction workers backed Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor. When the Democrat won in a predictable landslide in November, they proceeded with a common purpose: to knock down barriers to fast housing construction — among them the state’s primary environmental law. Read more at https://sfpublicpress.org/news/2019-04/environmentalists-say-housing-talks-didnt-include-them

Should CEQA Reform be Given a “Fair Hearing?” PART II

Fox&Hounds Daily
By David Kersten, March 28, 2019

The accidental result of the new UC Berkeley academic studies and testimony presented at the March 12 joint legislative hearing appeared to clearly implicate CEQA as a major driver of the state’s skyrocketing housing development costs. The first panel was intended to give an overview of CEQA and its streamlining provisions. Read more at http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2019/03/should-ceqa-reform-be-given-a-fair-hearing-part-ii/

A dark ethical cloud hangs over David Bernhardt, groups and Winnemem Wintu warn Feinstein

The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
By Dan Bacher, March 26, 2019

The fight to stop the confirmation of David Bernhardt as Trump’s Interior Secretary heated up this week with the delivery of a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein by a coalition of groups and a California Tribe. The coalition of California fishing groups, conservation organizations, and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe on March 19 sent the letter to Feinstein seeking an investigation and public disclosure of acting interior secretary Bernhardt’s role in granting the powerful Westlands Water District a permanent water supply contract. Read more at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/26/18822275.php

Environmental photo festival wants your best (Earth) shots

By Melissa Breyer, March 11, 2019

A new photography platform, EarthShot, encourages engagement with the environment, culminating in an epic crowd-based exhibit to be held in California. In 1948, British astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle predicted that when space travel allowed us to glimpse our planet from afar, the view would change us forever. Read more at https://www.treehugger.com/conservation/environmental-photo-festival-wants-your-best-shots.html

Tell your Senators: Vote NO on Bernhardt for Interior Secretary (We don’t need another lobbyist)

Red, Green, and Blue
By Dan Bacher, March 11, 2019

In a joint press release, the coalition said, “A brutal confirmation fight is expected soon in the Senate as President Trump has now nominated Bernhardt to permanently lead the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has served as deputy secretary since early in the Trump administration, and became acting secretary after Ryan Zinke resigned in December 2018 under an ethical cloud.” Read more at http://redgreenandblue.org/2019/03/11/tell-senators-vote-no-bernhardt-interior-secretary-dont-need-another-lobbyist/

Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal

High Country News
By Jane Braxton Little, February 7, 2019

Tejon Ranch is California wild, a place where mountain lions prey on unsuspecting fawns and storm-twisted trees cling to remote ridges, where California condors soar over bald peaks and Tehachapi slender salamanders hide in the damp leaf litter of secluded canyons. Tejon is also a private working ranch, where cowboys run cattle across an area bigger than Rocky Mountain National Park. Read more at https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.5/deserts-was-californias-great-environmental-compromise-worth-it

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

The Sacramento Bee
By Jonas Minton, February 5, 2019

Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. Read more at https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article225508535.html

Full commission ‘engaged’ in CPUC hearing on Cal Am desal project

The Monterey County Herald
By Jim Johnson, August 23, 2018

In a sign of how seriously the state Public Utilities Commission is taking the debate over the future of water supply on the Monterey Peninsula, all five commissioners attended a CPUC oral argument hearing on California American Water’s proposed desalination project in San Francisco on Wednesday. Several of those who attended the hearing said three of the five commissioners asked a number of questions of the parties to the desal project proceeding, and all five appeared “engaged and interested” in the issue. Read more at http://www.montereyherald.com/environment-and-nature/20180823/full-commission-engaged-in-cpuc-hearing-on-cal-am-desal-project

Fishermen, tribal members, and enviros band together to advocate more water flow

Red, Green, and Blue
By Restore the Delta, August 22, 2018

A coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference yesterday at California’s State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I). Read more at http://redgreenandblue.org/2018/08/22/fishermen-tribal-members-enviros-band-together-advocate-water-flow/.

Advocates urge water board not to choose ag jobs over salmon jobs (extinction isn’t an option!)

Red, Green, and Blue
By Dan Bacher, August 21, 2018

One day before the State Water Resources Control Board’s hearing on increased flows for the San Joaquin River and its three tributaries was held in Sacramento on August 21, Jonas Minton, Senior Water Policy Advisory for the Planning and Conservation League, expressed exactly what is at stake in the board’s decision. Read more at http://redgreenandblue.org/2018/08/21/advocates-urge-water-board-not-choose-ag-jobs-salmon-jobs-extinction-isnt-option/.