Initiative loophole hurts communities by skirting environmental review

Source: The Press-Enterprise

Two years ago, one of my constituents was approached for his signature on a ballot proposal. He was intrigued; the proposal seemed important and promised to bring jobs to the community. While he wanted more time to discuss the idea with his friends, he thought it important enough for the community to decide. He signed the petition, figuring that by the time it came to a public vote, he would be more informed on its regional impact, where big projects can often mean hazy air and increased truck traffic.

But it never came to a public vote.