How California Came to Treat UC Berkeley Students’ ‘Noise’ as a Dire Environmental Threat
This dispute is a result of the residents of People's Park citing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires public agencies and local governments to evaluate and disclose the environmental impacts of developing projects or other major land use decisions. Residents are demanding that they receive protection against 'social noise' that will be caused by adding college students to their neighborhood. Ms. Hernandez believes that using 'social noise' as a reason to prevent campus housing can have a drastic impact on the prospects of creating additional affordable campus housing for students and on incoming occupants of any unbuilt housing.
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