SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation easing environmental regulations for developments in California cities, including a new basketball arena in downtown Sacramento.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced the bill primarily to smooth the way for construction of a new arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team, but added changes to the California Environmental Quality Act that make it harder to sue to block projects in urban transit zones throughout the state.
"We were pleased to play a part in broadening the impacts of this bill," said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor.
Steinberg added: " “This bill’s changes fuse CEQA with the promotion of smart urban growth, which is a victory for the economy, for the environment, and for California."