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Jul142017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Los Angeles International Airport, Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), litigation: Editorial, "California's signature environmental law is being used (again) to stop an environmentally friendly project" ....  

***California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Los Angeles International Airport, Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), litigation....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "California's signature environmental law is being used (again) to stop an environmentally friendly project" - From the LAT:

Critics of the California Environmental Quality Act have a new poster child for why state leaders need to take another look at the 47-year-old law. The Parking Spot, which operates airport parking lots across the country, has used CEQA to sue the Los Angeles International Airport over its $5-billion plan to modernize ground transportation services at LAX by finally — finally! — connecting a train line to the airport and providing a meaningful alternative to driving.

There’s a perennial fight over California’s signature environmental law, which was enacted as a way to inform and empower the public by requiring developers to disclose the environmental effects of their projects in detailed reports and to mitigate any harm they may cause. While CEQA is a vital tool that has made countless projects better since its inception, it is also too easily used to stop projects for reasons that have nothing to do with environmental protection.

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Perhaps you’ve seen the Parking Spot’s yellow and black-spotted shuttles as you inched through bumper-to-bumper traffic while circling the terminals, or as you inhaled exhaust while waiting curbside for your ride to arrive. LAX is consistently ranked among the worst airports for customer service and convenience, in part because of the horrendous congestion, confusing layout and shortage of good public transit options.

The airport’s Landside Access Modernization Program seeks to improve the passenger experience by . . . . . . . .

The Parking Spot’s lawsuit alleges that . . . . . . . .

Specifically, the company contends that . . . . . . . .

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The Parking Spot and other commercials shuttles want LAX to also study an alternative scenario: .................