Re "CEQA reform should not only be for cities" (Viewpoints, Feb. 17): Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan argues that CEQA should be "streamlined" for county projects because there are "empty lots and underused properties near transit stations." In truth, CEQA already allows streamlining for such projects. The Legislature recently amended CEQA to provide streamlining -- and even outright exemptions -- for a range of infill projects. But it does not permit streamlining for monstrous developments, such as the Cordova Hills project of 8,000 housing units, approved by the Board of Supervisors in January. Thanks to CEQA's EIR requirement, we know that this project will cause severe air pollution, conflicts with the region's transportation plan, and may prevent the county from meeting state standards for greenhouse gas emissions. It is curious that Supervisor MacGlashan calls for streamlining for infill after voting for this sprawling development on sensitive lands. Projects like Cordova Hills undermine any chance for infill development to take hold in Sacramento County.
-- Richard Guerrero, Sacramento