Affirm Continuing Support Of Ceqa


Resolution 13-04.3C


WHEREAS, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted by the California legislature in 1970 as the state's premier planning and environmental protection law and it has served to inform the public and local government decision-makers of potential environmental harm and ways to avoid or reduce that harm before it occurs, and CEQA has ensured the public's right to participate in a fair, transparent planning process for the past forty years because members of local communities are knowledgeable of their needs and environmental issues which has resulted in improved project planning due to public participation leading to better air quality, green building standards to reduce greenhouse gases, improved water quality and more efficient use of water and energy in general, and

WHEREAS, a recent qualitative analysis titled "The Economic and Environmental Impact of the CEQA" shows that under CEQA California's GDP per capita growth has exceeded US per capita growth and using a variety of measurements California‘s share of manufacturing, construction in general including housing, the growth of high tech, bio-tech and other industries which attract professional and technical labor, and even the percentage of environmentally friendly infill developments all have matched or exceeded national results indicating that by promoting a cleaner environment CEQA has directly enhanced California's economy, and

WHEREAS, there have been recent attacks on the integrity of this law that would compromise, dilute and diminish its effectiveness by reducing or eliminating public participation and the public's right to enforce as well as reducing the transparency of the public process, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party stands with the labor and environmental community in affirming its support and commitment to CEQA's original intent to ensure public participation and transparency in the planning process in order to protect California's environment and calls on the state legislature and governor to oppose any efforts to weaken this law or reduce public participation, and 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will send a copy of this resolution to all members of the California Democratic delegation of the State Legislature as well as the governor.



Committee Resolution, co-sponsored by: Carole Lutness; Los Angeles County Democratic Party; Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley; State Building and Construction Trades Council; Dan Kalb



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its April 2013 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 14, 2013







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