Gov. Brown vetoes bill that would have closed loophole in the California Environmental Quality Act

Source: The Press-Enterprise

“I think (the bill) would have been good for our area, good for our constituents,” Medina said, adding he regularly hears concerns about truck traffic and air quality.

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill from a Riverside assemblyman inspired by a massive warehouse complex planned for Moreno Valley.

Brown’s office announced the veto of AB 890 on Monday, Oct. 16. The bill by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, would have closed a loophole in the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA, that allows projects approved by voters to bypass the act’s review process.

Medina on Monday said he was “definitely disappointed” by the veto.

“I think (the bill) would have been good for our area, good for our constituents,” Medina said, adding he regularly hears concerns about truck traffic and air quality.

“Trying to close that loophole, which developers have been able to use, would have been a good first step,” he said.