Re "Should California make changes to landmark 1970 law?" (Forum, Jan. 13): State Sen. Michael Rubio lists a few examples of CEQA abuse as reasons for reform but neglects to mention how his construction union political allies operate an extensive system of CEQA abuse and exploitation to win labor agreements. He knows all about union "greenmail" from his experience on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. He actually defended it after six unions hired Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cordozo to be the chief obstacle to a refinery expansion in Bakersfield in 2008. Unions were seeking a project labor agreement on the proposed $700 million project. In fact, the counterpoint to Sen. Rubio's column was written by Tom Adams of this same firm that is routinely hired by California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) and other obstructionists to submit CEQA comments and file lawsuits. Rubio's proposal to amend CEQA takes away power from citizens while leaving Big Labor's greenmail racket unscathed.
-- Tim Bosley, Sacramento