OCBC and a broad coalition of more than 50 other business, labor and local government organizations recently sent a letter to CA Attorney General Kamala Harris expressing concern over her decision to join a CEQA lawsuit challenging the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The AG is setting a dangerous precedent that puts all state transportation plans and local development at risk, threatening jobs and economic growth in communities throughout the state. So far, the AG has refused to respond to the coalition’s request for a meeting to discuss concerns.
San Diego was the first region in the state to develop its RTP under the requirements of SB 375, the goal of which was to create more sustainable communities through a process driven by local control. SB 375 was supposed to give communities some level of certainty that their land use plans would not be mired in lawsuits for years if they met the greenhouse gas reduction and land-use requirements of the bill. However, despite the fact that SANDAG’s plan met all state-mandated emission reduction requirements, and was the product of extensive public input and review, it was sued by environmental organizations under CEQA, with the AG intervening in support of their lawsuit. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.