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 that have reduced smog, protected open space, and tackled greenhouse gas emissions.

Some now claim that CEQA is an impediment to infill and transit development.

In this workshop, we explored the issues.

Remarks by Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles
Moderated by Paula Daniels and Raphael Bostic

Presentations by

Mary Leslie – President, Los Angeles Business Council
David Pettit – Senior Attorney, NRDC
Mott Smith – Co-founder/Principal Civic Enterprise


Douglas P. Carstens – Managing Partner Chatten-Brown &Carstens LLP
Rick Cole – Santa Monica City Manager
Gladys Limon – Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment


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