Re "Should California make changes to landmark 1970 law?" (Forum, Jan. 13): CEQA is the lever that requires agencies to consider our health and quality of life -- and do so in a transparent way, with public review.
Is oil drilling a good idea on the beach in Santa Monica? Are massive warehouses that attract diesel trucks the best use of Los Angeles River-adjacent property near downtown? Should the state's first large-scale toxic waste incinerator be sited a quarter mile from schools, churches, and homes in East Los Angeles? Does construction of a stadium at the junction of the 10 and 110 freeways require effective traffic mitigation to prevent gridlock?
Without CEQA, the answer to each of these questions would unfotunately have been "yes." Without CEQA, it is too easy for developers to compromise the public interest for short-term, short-sighted financial gain.
-- Joel R. Reynolds, Santa Monica