Re "Should California make changes to landmark 1970 law?" (Forum, Jan. 13): CEQA does need reform but it needs to be made stronger not weaker. The agency running the review always has the upper hand since they can declare over-riding considerations. Courts usually side with the governnment on public projedts.
Lawsuits are very rare: 3 out of 1000 approved projects. It is usually a breakdown of the public process that causes problems.
It's important to remember there is no agency that reviews environmental issues. The court is the only avenue that citizens can voice their complaints and be heard.
If the public and organizations knows about a project early there are many examples of how projects have better outcomes than anticipated because of public input.
Modernize it, allow links and audio to shorten and remove redundencies but don't risk losing the benefits. It may be old but it doesn't mean the law is bad.
-- Kathy Hamilton, Menlo Park