Raphael Bostic discusses California’s housing affordability problem

In this video, CA Fwd asked Raphael Bostic what it would take for local governments and the state to begin to make a difference with California’s housing affordability problem, including updating planning processes and revisiting the California Environmental Quality Act. To build one million more homes for low- and middle-income Californians in the next 10 years, the California…

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop (Highlights)

In partnership with California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative, we held a discussion on CEQA.  CEQA has been in the cross-hairs of discussion about development since its enactment in 1970 by then Governor Ronald Reagan. It was adopted in the spirit of environmental protection that also led to many regulatory and other initiatives in California…

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop (Full Video)

In partnership with California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative, we held a discussion on CEQA.  CEQA has been in the cross-hairs of discussion about development since its enactment in 1970 by then Governor Ronald Reagan. It was adopted in the spirit of environmental protection that also led to many regulatory and other initiatives in California…

Villaraigosa convenes experts to debate California Environmental Quality Act

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the focus of much discussion about development since its enactment in 1970, was front and center at a recent debate at the Galen Center. The California Central-USC Villaraigosa Initiative at the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted the event, which convened leading practitioners in environmental law and urban…

California Environmental Quality Act: Workshop

On December 10, 2015 we co-hosted a CEQA workshop with California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative. CEQA has been in the cross-hairs of discussion about development since its enactment in 1970 by then Governor Ronald Reagan.  It was adopted in the spirit of environmental protection that also led to many regulatory and other initiatives in…

CEQA Workshop (photos)

On December 10, 2015, California Central hosted a workshop on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), to discuss the praise and critique of CEQA, and consider some proposed recommendations for reform. California Central was joined in partnership with the Bedrosian School of Governance, and the panelists Mary Leslie of the LA Business Council, Gladys Limon…

CEQA and Infill Development: Should there be a safe haven? (Highlights)

Highlights from the USC Bedrosian Center and Lusk Center panel on CEQA. Watch the full version here: https://youtu.be/738gi0KKZ2Q

The Price Research Collaborative aims to foster critical discussion about both specific policy areas as well as the ways in which those policy areas are being implemented. This collaborative brings together the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.

This solution-oriented panel of experts will span the policy space and focus on the notion of a safe haven from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for infill development projects.

CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. Every development project which requires a discretionary governmental approval will require at least some environmental review, both procedural and substantive, pursuant to CEQA. New legislation (SB-743) has recently been drafted that would change the way transit oriented infill projects are analyzed under CEQA, opening the door for a possible “safe haven” for infill development.

Moderator:

Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance

Panelists:

Ann Sewill, California Community Foundation
Ethan Elkind, UC Berkeley & UCLA
Rick Cole, City of LA
Mott Smith, Civic Enterprise Associates

Planning the Future of CEQA and Dense Development

by Jeremy Loudenback December 10, 2014 As California ponders the shape of its future, nothing underscores the current challenges of urban development more than the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Since its passage in 1970, CEQA has remained at the heart of many battles over development, with local governments, environmentalists, developers, and community groups all staked…

CEQA and Infill Development: Should there be a safe haven? (Full video)

The Price Research Collaborative aims to foster critical discussion about both specific policy areas as well as the ways in which those policy areas are being implemented. This collaborative brings together the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. This solution-oriented panel of experts will span the policy space and…

CEQA and Infill Development: Should there be a safe haven?

View more photos of the event here. Price Research Center Collaborative November 18, 2014 The Price Research Collaborative aims to foster critical discussion about both specific policy areas as well as the ways in which those policy areas are being implemented. This collaborative brings together the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the USC Lusk Center for Real…