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  • July 27, 2017

Documented Building Trades Union Abuse of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) 2014-2017


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The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction is utterly sick of the politicians, environmental lobbyists, and union officials telling everyone that abuse of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a lie propagated by greedy residential, commercial, and industrial developers. Now our extremely-thorough CEQA analyst friends at Phony Union Tree Huggers are helping to set the record straight.

Exposing the truth about CEQA abuse is perilous. When Jennifer Hernandez of the law firm of Holand & Knight had a comprehensive study published in August 2015 about widespread CEQA litigation abuse, the usual politicians, environmental lobbyists, and union officials were livid. They have relentlessly tried to undermine the study and attack the credibility of its author.

They attack because the study is effective.

"In the Name of the Environment" identified and analyzed all CEQA lawsuits filed in California over a three-year period and recommended reforms to rein in CEQA litigation abuse. Some of those reforms include "extending transparency mandates to CEQA lawsuits, eliminating duplicative CEQA lawsuits for the same plan or project, and aligning extraordinary judicial remedies such as injunctions with conventional civil litigation practice."

Of course, much of the CEQA abuse occurs long before the abusers have to initiate a lawsuit, and that information is much less accessible to the public. Construction trade unions routinely submit massive objections at the last minute to mitigated negative declarations and environmental reviews. They try to delay proposed projects, cause unnecessary and unjustified controversy, and impose painful cost increases on developers. If the developers agree to sign a Project Labor Agreement giving unions a monopoly on the construction jobs, then the environmental threats are "mitigated" and the objections go away.

Above are downloadable tables in various formats with links to 79 cases of construction unions abusing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from January 1, 2014 to August 7, 2017. Each of the 79 cases has links to the source documents. The CEQA analysts at Phony Union Tree Huggers believe they have identified most of the abuses, although they did tell the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction that there are probably several more cases that are evading their monitoring systems.

The list is also below.

Date of Letter Law Firm Front Group Targeted Project Lead Agency
January 11, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Suncrest Dynamic Reactive Power Support Project California Public Utilities Commission
January 25, 2017 N/A Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) Sepulveda Apartments City of Los Angeles
February 17, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) Hollywood Ivar Gardens Project City of Los Angeles
February 21, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development 350 Winchester Mixed-Use Project City of San Jose
February 22, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Greyhound Residential Project City of San Jose
March 13, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Concord Residents for Responsible Development Concord Village City of Concord
May 24, 2017 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Davis Residents for Responsible Development Mace Ranch Innovation Center City of Davis
February 10, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Coalition for Responsible Solar (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Joshua Tree Solar Farm County of San Bernardino
March 7, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Kings County Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) American Kings Solar Project County of Kings
March 8, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Emeryville Residents for Responsible Development Sherwin-Williams Mixed Used Project City of Emeryville
March 9, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Kern County Citizens for Responsible Solar (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Willow Springs Solar Array Project County of Kern
March 22, 2016 Lozeau Drury Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783 Kimball Business Park City of Chino
April 7, 2016 Lozeau Drury Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783 Kimball Business Park City of Chino
April 11, 2016 Lozeau Drury Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783 Sierra Lakes Commerce Center City of Fontana
May 31, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development 226 13th Street City of Oakland
June 6, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Kings County Citizens for Responsible Development (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) American Kings Solar Project County of Kings
June 10, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Kings County Citizens for Responsible Development (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) American Kings Solar Project County of Kings
July 1, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development 226 13th Street City of Oakland
July 13, 2016 Lozeau Drury Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184 Hidden Canyon Industrial Park City of Beaumont
August 2, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development W12 Mixed Use Project City of Oakland
August 3, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development 24th and Harrison Streets Project City of Oakland
August 17, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Concord Residents for Responsible Development Concord Village City of Concord
September 6, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo American Canyon Residents for Responsible Development Watson Ranch City of American Canyon
September 14, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Santa Clara Residents for Responsible Development Moonlite Lanes Apartments City of Santa Clara
September 15, 2016 Lozeau Drury Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783 CapRock Distribution Center III Warehouse City of Rialto
October 4, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Gateway Tower Mixed-Use Development City of San Jose
October 12, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development Oak Knoll City of Oakland
October 19, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Biogas-to-Energy Sustainability Center City of Anaheim
November 4, 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Ramon Residents for Responsible Development San Ramon Valley Apartments City of San Ramon
2015 and 2016 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Little Bear Solar Project County of Fresno
January 13, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Monterey County Residents for Responsible Development California Flats Solar Project County of Monterey
February 10, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Benito Residents for Responsible Development Panoche Valley Solar Farm County of San Benito
February 18, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Emeryville Residents for Responsible Development 6701 Shellmound City of Emeryville
February 23, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan California Energy Commission
April 13, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) Onni 820 South Olive Street City of Los Angeles
April 13, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Kern County Citizens for Responsible Solar (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Willow Springs Solar Array Project County of Kern
April 20, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Sunray Energy County of San Bernardino
April 22, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Sunray Energy County of San Bernardino
April 30, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Sunray Energy County of San Bernardino
May 19, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Citizens for Responsible Industry (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Jacumba Solar Energy Project County of San Diego
May 27, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Citizens for Responsible Industry (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Jacumba Solar Energy Project County of San Diego
June 1, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Citizens for Responsible Industry (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Jacumba Solar Energy Project County of San Diego
June 10, 2015 Lozeau Drury Laborers Union Local 1184 World Logistics Center Project City of Moreno Valley
June 22, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) CalAm Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project California Public Utilities Commission
July 22, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Richmond Residents for Responsible Development Hilltop Apartments City of Richmond
August 3, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Ormat Heber 1 Geothermal County of Imperial
August 5, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Napa Residents for Responsible Development Meadows Care Facility City of Napa
August 31, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) CalAm Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project California Public Utilities Commission
September 17, 2015 N/A Carpenters Union Local 46 Mace Ranch Innovation Center City of Davis
September 22, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 5110 Telegraph Avenue Project City of Berkeley
September 25, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Oakland Residents for Responsible Development Jack London Square 4th and Madison City of Oakland
September 28, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Brentwood Residents for Responsible Development Sciortino Ranch City of Brentwood
September 29, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Bay Area Citizens for Responsible Solar (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Richmond Solar PV Project Marin Clean Energy
October 7, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Japantown Corporation Yard City of San Jose
October 12, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Davis Residents for Responsible Development Mace Ranch Innovation Center City of Davis
October 12, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Davis Residents for Responsible Development Mace Ranch Innovation Center City of Davis
October 19, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Cannery Park Hanover Project City of San Jose
October 21, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Cannery Park Hanover Project City of San Jose
October 30, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Safe Fuel and Energy Resources California (SAFER California) Valero Crude by Rail City of Benicia
November 4, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Cannery Park Hanover Project City of San Jose
November 12, 2015 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Davis Residents for Responsible Development Mace Ranch Innovation Center City of Davis
January 13, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Brentwood Residents for Responsible Development Brentwood Country Club Project City of Brentwood
January 27, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Safe Fuel and Energy Resources California (SAFER California) Phillips 66 Company Rail Spur Extension County of San Luis Obispo
April 23, 2014 Lozeau Drury Laborers Union Local 1184 ProLogis Eucalyptus Industrial Park City of Moreno Valley
April 28, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Colusa County Citizens for Responsible Industry (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Colusa Bio Energy Project Water Quality Control Board District 5
May 12, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 6701 Shellmound Street Project City of Emeryville
May 14, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Coalition for Responsible Solar Aries Solar City of Adelanto
May 16, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW Local 1245 Marin Clean Energy & Sonoma Clean Power City of Albany
June 2, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Gilroy Citizens for Responsible Development UNFI Warehouse City of Gilroy
June 4, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW Local 1245 Marin Clean Energy County of Napa
June 27, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo San Jose Residents for Responsible Development Great Oaks Mixed Use Project City of San Jose
July 10, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development KCS Plant City of Palmdale
August 4, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Citizens for Responsible Solar (California Unions for Reliable Energy - CURE) Blythe Mesa Solar Project County of Riverside
August 12, 2014 N/A San Jose Building and Construction Trades Council Oppose Local CEQA Reform City of San Jose
September 15, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Safe Fuel and Energy Resources California (SAFER California) Valero Benicia Crude by Rail Project City of Benicia
September 30, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 104 Barrett Ranch East Project County of Sacramento
November 3, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) Onni Project City of Los Angeles
November 10, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Richmond Residents for Responsible Development Nevin Homes Residential Project City of Richmond
November 24, 2014 Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo Richmond Residents for Responsible Development Bay Walk Mixed Use Project City of Richmond

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