Governor signs bill to meet disadvantaged communities’ infrastructure needs: “Today Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law legislation by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide local governments throughout California with a tool to finance desperately-needed infrastructure in disadvantaged, unincorporated communities. “SB 614 helps ensure that local planning responds to the unmet needs of California’s poorest communities, which are frequently left out of local planning,” said Wolk. “An estimated one million people live in hundreds of disadvantaged, unincorporated communities throughout the state. These Californians lack basic necessities, such as clean drinking water, sewage lines, and other critical infrastructure. SB 614 provides local governments with an important tool to address this lack of investment in infrastructure, which threatens residents’ health and safety and fosters economic, and social inequality.” ... ” Read more from Senator Wolk’s office here: Wolk Press Release Gov signs bill to meet disadvantaged communities’ infrastructure needs
New Law Requires Formal Consultation with Native American Tribes During CEQA Process: “Assembly Bill 52, signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown, seeks to protect a new class of resources under CEQA: “tribal cultural resources.” It requires that lead agencies undertaking CEQA review must, upon request of a California Native American tribe, begin consultation prior to the release of a negative declaration, mitigated negative declaration or environmental impact report for a project. AB 52 does not go into effect immediately, but will apply to those projects for which a lead agency has issued a notice of preparation of an environmental impact report or notice of intent to adopt a negative declaration on or after July 1, 2015. … ” Continue reading at BB&K here: New Law Requires Formal Consultation with Native American Tribes During CEQA Process
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