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  • Aug. 29, 2018

Sacramento Planning Commission Must Question Construction Unions About Motivation for CEQA Objections on Another Proposed Project


Re: Planning Commission Needs to Inquire About Aggressive CEQA Objections to Another Proposed Sacramento Project - The Core Natomas

 

Dear Members of the City of Sacramento Planning and Design Commission:

At your Thursday, August 30, 2018 meeting you will consider the strange case of a construction trade union objecting to the environmental review of a proposed 300 unit apartment complex called “The Core Natomas.” (Item #7)

As you will see in your agenda packet, the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), Local Union 185 believes "the Project may have adverse environmental impacts" and therefore much time and money must be spent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

See the Laborers Union warning letter, extracted and isolated from other documents, here: http://phonyuniontreehuggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-08-02-Lozeau-Drury-Laborers-LIUNA-Local-Union-185-The-Core-Natomas-City-of-Sacramento-Letter.pdf

You may have noticed that this same union recently objected to the environmental review of the proposed Centene corporate campus (Natomas Crossing Quadrant B). The union withdraw its appeal of your approval of the project after it made a secret deal with the developer and at least one city council member.

See that separate Laborers Union letter, extracted and isolated from other documents, here: http://phonyuniontreehuggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-07-09-Lozeau-Drury-Laborers-LIUNA-Union-Local-185-Natomas-Crossing-Quadrant-B-Quad-B-Office-Project-aka-Centene-City-of-Sacramento-Letter.pdf

You should ask representatives of the Laborers Union and their lawyers from the law firm of Lozeau Drury LLP if the environmental concerns will go away if the developer agrees to require its construction contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with unions. We hear that Project Labor Agreements are regarded by unions as an effective way to mitigate impacts on biological resources.

Or, you could give them a commendation for emerging as Sacramento’s most committed environmentalist organization. As you can see in the chart below, the Laborers Union is now challenging the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, the Plumbers and Pipefitters union, the Sheet Metal Workers union, the Unite Here union, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the crown of California’s most committed environmental organization.

It’s your choice whether to expose and condemn this exploitation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pretend the abuse isn’t happening, or praise CEQA as one of the most powerful labor laws of our time.

Sincerely,

 

Eric Christen

Executive Director

Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction

www.opencompca.com


The Laborers Union: California’s Champion of the Environment

Name of Union, Date of Letter, Name of Law Firm, Name of Project, Stage of Environmental Review, Lead Government Agency

Click the link to read the letter submitted on behalf of the union objecting to the environmental review of each project.


Laborers (LIUNA) Local Union 1184

February 24, 2014

Gideon Kracov

McCoy Solar Energy Project

FEIR Comments

County of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Local Union 783

January 3, 2017

Lozeau Drury

Colony Commerce Center Specific Plan

DEIR Comments

City of Ontario

Laborers (LIUNA) Local Union 783

November 10, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Renaissance Specific Plan

RDSEIR Comments

City of Rialto


Laborers (LIUNA) Local Union 783

August 19, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Renaissance Specific Plan

DSEIR Comments

City of Rialto


Laborers (LIUNA) Local Union 89

March 22, 2017

Lozeau Drury

Merge 56 Development

DEIR Comments

City of San Diego


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

May 9, 2018

Lozeau Drury

750 Marlborough Avenue Warehouse

Withdrawal of Appeal Because City Council Will Hold Hearing

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

May 8, 2018

Lozeau Drury

750 Marlborough Avenue Warehouse

IS/MND - Appeal to City Council of Development Review Committee Approval

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

February 1, 2018

Lozeau Drury

750 Marlborough Avenue Warehouse

IS/MND Comments

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

April 27, 2018

Lozeau Drury

750 Marlborough Avenue Warehouse

Public Meeting Access Request - Development Review Committee

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

July 2, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Brodiaea Commerce Center

DEIR Comments

City of Moreno Valley


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

September 30, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Center Street Project

Draft IS/MND Comments

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

March 6, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Center Street Project

Agreement with Developer Resolving Issues

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

July 13, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Hidden Canyon Industrial Park

EIR Addendum Supplemental Comments to Planning Commission

City of Beaumont


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

September 30, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Perris Gateway Commerce Center

IS/MND Comments

City of Perris


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

April 23, 2014

Lozeau Drury

ProLogis Eucalyptus Industrial Park

FEIR Comments

City of Moreno Valley


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

January 20, 2015

Lozeau Drury

Section 24 Specific Plan - Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

DEIS Supplemental Comments

City of Rancho Mirage et al.


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

January 16, 2015

Lozeau Drury

Section 24 Specific Plan - Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

DEIS Comments

City of Rancho Mirage et al.


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

September 22, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Sycamore Canyon Business Park Buildings 1 and 2

DEIR Comments

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

December 14, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Sycamore Canyon Business Park Buildings 1 and 2

FEIR Comments

City of Riverside


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 1184

June 10, 2015

Lozeau Drury

World Logistics Center Project

FEIR Comments

City of Moreno Valley


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 185

July 9, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Natomas Crossing Quadrant B (Quad B) Office Project aka Centene

Appeal to City Council of CEQA Findings Approved by Planning Commission

City of Sacramento


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 185

August 2, 2018

Lozeau Drury

The Core Natomas

IS/MND Comments

City of Sacramento


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 261

May 18, 2018

Lozeau Drury

1201 and 1241 Evans Avenue

Notice Request

City of San Francisco


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 270

March 30, 2018

Lozeau Drury

2305 Mission College Boulevard Data Center

IS/MND Comments

City of Santa Clara


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 270

June 12, 2018

Lozeau Drury

2305 Mission College Boulevard Data Center

IS/MND - Supplemental Comments on Appeal to Planning Commission of Architectural Committee Approval

City of Santa Clara


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 270

May 29, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Agrihood

DEIR Comments

City of Santa Clara


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 300

December 19, 2017

Lozeau Drury

Vermont Corridor Project

DEIR Comments

County of Los Angeles


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 304

May 10, 2018

Lozeau Drury

New Buildings at Former Morton Salt Plant

Design Review - Comments to City Council

City of Newark


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 304

March 6, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Zeiss Innovation Center

Supplemental IS/MND Comments to City Council

City of Dublin


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 304

February 13, 2018

Lozeau Drury

Zeiss Innovation Center

Supplemental IS/MND Comments to Planning Commission

City of Dublin


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 324

February 15, 2018

Lozeau Drury

500 Pittsburg Avenue in Richmond - Warehouse Distribution Facility

Notice Request

County of Contra Costa


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 324

June 7, 2018

Lozeau Drury

The Village Student Housing Project

FEIR Comments

City of Arcata


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

September 15, 2016

Lozeau Drury

CapRock Distribution Center III Warehouse

DEIR Comments

City of Rialto


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

March 22, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Kimball Business Park

Notice Request

City of Chino


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

April 7, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Kimball Business Park

DEIR Comments

City of Chino


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

May 24, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Project Jupiter Distribution Warehouse

IS/MND Comments

Town of Apple Valley


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

October 7, 2016

Lozeau Drury

ProLogis Rialto I-210 DC #5

IS/MND Comments

ProLogis Rialto I-210 DC #5


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

April 11, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Sierra Lakes Commerce Center

RDEIR Comments

City of Fontana


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 783

March 1, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Waterman Industrial Center

IS/MND Comments

City of San Bernardino


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 89

March 13, 2014

Lozeau Drury

Cuyama Solar Array Project

DEIR Comments

County of Santa Barbara


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 89

August 25, 2016

Lozeau Drury

Pure Water Program North City Project

Notice Request

City of San Diego


Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 89

March 3, 2014

Lozeau Drury

Soitec Solar Development Project

DEIR Comments

County of San Diego


Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Laborers (LIUNA) Union Local 300

October 16, 2017

Lozeau Drury

ICON at Panorama

Revised DEIR Comments

City of Los Angeles

 

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