Gonzalez, Lorena

SB 469: This Is About Local Decision-Making

By Lorena Gonzalez
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

In California, local governments are required to study how new development impacts the surrounding environment, and rightly so. Before buildings are put up, the public deserves to know if there will be more traffic impacts, if it will harm wildlife or if there’s a possibility that nearby creeks or beaches will be polluted as a result.

With our state facing such a deep recession, why aren’t we requiring the same studies when it comes to economic issues – like jobs, benefits and businesses?

It’s very encouraging to see state leaders begin to start that discussion.