California agency proposes continuation of mining ban

Since 2009, California has forbidden the use of suction dredge mining equipment until the agency in charge of regulating this mining — the Department of Fish and Wildlife — develops regulations to mitigate any adverse environmental effects. However, the Department … Continue reading

California stands up for equality

Proposition 209 is not going anywhere. ¬†Efforts by certain lawmakers to repeal California’s landmark constitutional amendment ended yesterday when the the amendment’s sponsors decided to table further voting. ¬†Students graduating in the next couple of years from California’s public high … Continue reading

2014: the year of the water wars?

California, and much of the west, is experiencing its third consecutive year of drought. And a recent report on the Sierra Nevada snowpack—the source of much of California’s water—found that it is only 20% of its average depth at this … Continue reading

An inconvenient truth: Stack-and-pack going down in Tinseltown

As readers know, PLF is representing the Bay Area Citizens—a non-profit organization that represents citizens opposed to excessively burdensome regulations in the region—in their challenge to Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area is designed to pack the vast majority of … Continue reading

Freakonomics on CEQA’s environmental counterproductivity and NIMBYism

If you’re interested in CEQA reform, give a listen to this week’s Freakonomics podcast featuring Prof. Ed Glaeser. He discusses a number of environmental policies where messaging has outpaced the green credentials of policy, leading not only to waste, but … Continue reading

The bay area needs fewer development restrictions, not more

As regular readers know, PLF is challenging a recently adopted plan that will restrict most future development in the bay area to 5% of the regions land area. Our lawsuit, filed on behalf of Bay Area Citizens—a non-profit organized by … Continue reading

To catch an entrepreneur

Our friends at ReasonTV have released this video reporting on California’s absurd strategy to enforce restrictions on the right to earn a living. Apparent fans of news/reality television, the California Contractors State License Board set up stings to catch would-be … Continue reading