For decades, the Williamson Act kept taxes low for property owners who protected open land from development. Now, as state faces budget crunch, some landowners must farm or see tax rates nearly double.
Proposition 21 would have added an $18 surcharge to the annual vehicle license fee, while eliminating current day-use fees of $5 to $15 at all 278 state parks for registered California drivers.
Former Congressman Pete McCloskey, co-founder of Earth Day, received an award from the Sierra Club. Accepting the award, he reflected on his past accomplishments and California’s future – including the legalization of marijuana.
View Video The California Legislature created the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in 1970 to protect the increasingly vulnerable environment from potentially damaging development projects. More recently, developers and environmentalists each have conflicting issues with the laws. California environmentalists have long celebrated the enactment of CEQA as a measure to ensure that developers do their