Update from the CEQA Working Group Coalition

  • by BPC Staff
  • on July 30, 2013

Coalition Update: SB 731 Steinberg Letter Delivered
and Call-to-Action 



CEQA Working Group Coalition:


As you know, over the past week we have been collecting logos and endorsements for a letter to Senator Steinberg advocating for amendments to SB 731 that we feel are necessary in order for the bill to accomplish the meaningful CEQA reform that the Pro Tem, and our coalition, set out to achieve. 


Thank you to those of you that endorsed the letter. With your help, we were able to collect logos from a strong, diverse group of more than 50 organizations representing local government, business, housing, schools and other constituencies throughout California.


The Associated Press ran a story today covering the letter and clearly laying out our coalition’s position. Read the story here


This joint letter is just the first step in a series of outreach that is vital to our success. We need to continue reinforcing the need for meaningful CEQA reform, and advocating that significant changes to SB 731 are necessary to accomplish this reform. 


There are many ways you can help advance these messages: 


1.   Customize our template letter and send to your legislators, Senator Steinberg and the Governor:


    • We have drafted a template letter that can be customized and sent to Senator Steinberg, the Governor and your regional legislative delegation. When sending these letters, please forward a copy to afrew@bcfpublicaffairs.com or 916-442-3510 (fax) so that we can compile them for use in our lobbying efforts.

2.   Call your legislators and Steinberg urging the importance of CEQA reform and amending SB 731 in order to accomplish this meaningful reform:


    • This outline of SB 731 can be used to guide discussions with legislators, highlighting the problems with the bill and the proposed solutions we support.

3.   Meet with your legislators in-district:


    • While legislators are at home in their districts, it is a perfect time to meet with them to again reinforce the need for true CEQA reform and the need to amend SB 731.  Again, the this outline of SB 731 can serve as talking points to guide these discussions.