CASE STUDY: The Importance of Notification for EJ Communities: AB 2447

Assembly Bill 2447 (Reyes, 2018), the Vulnerable Communities Inclusion Act, sought to ensure that disadvantaged community residents received adequate notice and had opportunities to provide input on CEQA-related projects that could impact their health, housing, and neighborhood quality. Far too often, permitting decisions take place without [More….]

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East Oakland

CASE STUDY: A Community Fight Against a Crematorium in East Oakland

Richmond residents and later East Oakland residents fought for more than a decade against a proposed crematorium project for their cities. Their campaign and the ultimate permitting of the crematorium reveals the inadequacies of the local land use permitting process in protecting community health, despite [More….]


CASE STUDY:  Committee  for a Better Arvin — Oil and Gas Ordinance

In 2018, community leaders in Arvin pressured  city officials to pass an unprecedented, health- protective oil and gas ordinance, and used the  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in  litigation to protect residents from four new oil and  gas wells. Twenty miles southeast of Bakersfield,  Arvin [More….]


“Designing Equitable Policy” Webinar Recap – Video, Slides, and FAQ

On April 1, 2020, CEJA’s Green Zones Committee hosted “Designing Equitable Policy: How to Advance Environmental Justice and Community Leadership in Your Work.” This webinar featured EJ community leaders and advocates who shared their stories on why it’s important to center EJ community voices in environmental [More….]

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA and Housing Development in California

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is an important tool for advancing environmental justice (EJ) and protecting the rights of communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and poverty in our state. While CEQA “streamlining” policies have been viewed as the best way to address our state’s housing shortage, such ideas are based upon misleading narratives and misinformation. [More….]