California Lt. Gov. Has Plan to Stop Trump’s Border Wall

As lieutenant-governor of California, Gavin Newsom plays second fiddle to Governor Jerry Brown but nevertheless retains quite the high profile in the state. So it was no small thing when he stated in an interview that California could make a concerted effort to derail any attempt by President-elect Trump to deliver on his promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico, claiming that they could use an obscure environmental regulation to slow down work on any such project:

“There’s something called CEQA in California — NEPA at the federal level,” Newsom said. “There’s indigenous lands and autonomies relating to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits. All those things could be made very, very challenging for the administration.”

The 1970 law has been credited with help protecting the state's environment, but also is a frequent source of criticism for its unintended consequences, such as blocking the installation of bike lanes.”

Source: LA Times



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