Weekly Roundup | April 12, 2013

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San Mateo Daily Journal 4/5/13
OP-ED: Imagine the Bay Area without CEQA
The two of us remember the challenges that faced our state before 1970, the year the California Environmental Quality Act was enacted. We are disturbed by recent proposals to weaken this landmark legislation, which has served as the cornerstone of California’s environmental protection laws.  While the challenges facing the environment are different today (in fact, they are probably even more difficult), the need for CEQA is as strong as it was in 1970. We cannot forget the reasons that led to our state’s hard-won environmental safeguards. Those reasons still exist.
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Oakland Tribune 4/9/13
Reform of California’s Landmark Environmental Law is on Life Support
Proponents of what reformers call CEQA “modernization” appeared to be on track until Michael Rubio, a Democratic senator from Bakersfield who had been shepherding reform legislation as chairman of a key environmental committee, resigned from the Legislature six weeks ago to become a Chevron lobbyist. He was replaced by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who told this newspaper he’s open to improving CEQA but has “no desire to change the fundamental law passed 40 years ago.”
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Capitol Weekly 4/9/13
Scaling down the big one?
The nature of one of the most ambitious public works projects in California’s history resides in the detail.  And more details are emerging.  The newly-released, preliminary planning documents for the $18 billion Delta tunnels project include a detailed analysis of how the plan would affect the Delta’s ecosystem and the 57 fish, wildlife and plant species that it’s designed to protect, plus additional details on how the project would be managed.
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SF Examiner 4/7/13
Another piece of Presidio’s transformation coming together
The southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge will be completely transformed when it’s completed in 2015, and with it will come a new look for The City’s northern waterfront.  The rebuild of Doyle Drive is bringing new parkland and pedestrian access between Crissy Field and the Main Post of the Presidio, a former Army base. The seismically unsafe roadway is being replaced by a pair of tunnels, and they will be covered with greenery.
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Redwood City-Woodside Patch 4/8/2013
Pedestrian Bridge to Inner Bair Island to Open Mid-April
The Inner Bair Island pedestrian bridge, and a small poriton of the trail, is set to open within the next couple of weeks, according to Eric Mruz, refuge manager for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The project has been in the works for the past few years and is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s effort to restore 1,400 acres of Bair Island to its natural condition as tidal wetlands.  Mruz said there will most likely be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with a talk about the restoration, with involvement from the project’s partners.  A big event will happen in the fall or spring once the rest of the graveled trail opens and the work crew finishes constructing two viewing platforms, he said.
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