CEQA Racket Extracts 11th Hour Payoffs Amidst Housing Crisis
Citing the three-year study led by Partner Jennifer Hernandez on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation abuse, San Jose Inside reports on the ongoing battle between developers seeking to alleviate the stress of the affordable housing crisis and their CEQA-armed challengers.
The article quotes Ms. Hernandez's comments on commonality of "nimbyism"—the resistance of unwanted development nearby one's own back yard due to unpleasantness—in the Bay Area and the irony of "climate-change-conscious Left Coast elders" opposing public policies that are designed to beat back climate change: "NIMBYs are often progressive, environmentally minded individuals who believe in climate action and recognize that sprawl is unsustainable. They just want to preserve the look and feel of the neighborhood they call home. ...Even [the] most modest of changes to existing neighborhoods has prompted CEQA lawsuits against individual units and against local zoning regulations that allow such units to be constructed."