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Environmental Groups Appeal Sites Reservoir Ruling

06/18/2024

A new round of litigation began when environmental groups opposed to the Sites reservoir in Colusa County filed an appeal on a ruling which dismissed their suit seeking to halt the project from proceeding.

These Cities Have a New Tactic to Evade California Housing Laws. Legal Experts Are Dubious

06/17/2024

A recent court ruling exempted five charter cities from a controversial housing law. That’s given anti-density advocates across California an idea.

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$2.4 Million of Park Space in Question

West Sacramento City Officials are Considering a $2.4-Million Parkland PurchaseOriginal article published at West Sacramento News-Ledger

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I-Street Bridge Eminent Domain Disappoints Some

Eminent Domain Regarding the I-Street Bridge Project Pits Some Property Owners Against the City Over the Price of Their Land Original article published at West Sacramento News-Ledger

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West Sac Goats Are Back in Town!

Have you seen the goats yet? Head over to the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail!Original article published at West Sacramento News-Ledger

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Controversial Housing Law Could Get a Makeover

Some of California‚Äôs top lawmakers want to clear up, but also rein in, the ‚Äúbuilder‚Äôs remedy.‚ÄĚ

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Regional Business Broadband Master Plan

Valley Vision has Received Grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration to Create Roadmap for Areas in Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, and Yolo countiesOriginal article published at West Sacramento News-Ledger

Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

Image caption: Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

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Silicon Valley Billionaires vs. Bay Area’s Housing Crisis?

In NYT‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Farmers Had What the Billionaires Wanted,‚ÄĚ we meet a man who wants to build a city in the middle of nowhere, and folks who are slowing him down.

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

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Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society
Zoning is everywhere, but is it a way to regulate development or a tool for social engineering?
How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‚ÄėSwamps‚Äô Into Farmland
From its earliest days as a state, California has been trying to turn marshes into productive land.
Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does
How a nuclear plant, a real estate development and an oil spill led to a landmark law.
The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land
Starting in 1976, the legislature began creating agencies to buy up open land, and keep it open.
Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law
54-year-old environmental law is often blamed for causing the state’s housing crisis. Is it getting a bad rap?
The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works
More than half of California farmland is under contracts that prevent its development.
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