Table 1. Case Studies: The Power of Community-Led Decision-Making

CEJA’s Rethinking Local Control Report highlights eight case studies to illustrate how community-led decision-making can lead to more effective policies, programs, and planning decisions that can create healthy and thriving neighborhoods. CASE STUDY ISSUES AND COMMUNITY IMPACT Local Community Campaigns A Community Fights against a [More….]

Los Angeles

CASE STUDY: A Clean Up Green  Up Ordinance for Los Angeles 

For the past 24 years, the Los Angeles  Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice  has been taking on industries, local governments,  and regulatory agencies in order to improve the  quality of life for communities disproportionately  impacted by pollution. It was formed in 1996  when Communities [More….]

Los Angeles

CASE STUDY: Southeast LA Community Leaders Shut Down a Metal Recycling Facility

In Southeast Los Angeles, where industrial facilities are located next to homes and schools in a predominantly low-income and people of color neighborhood, local residents succeeded in shutting down a scrap metal recycling facility that had been polluting the neighborhood for years. Working alongside other [More….]


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….]