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The Land Big Three: Nothing but the truth so help me CARB

What were the three biggest late-breaking California water stories?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here, or you can follow LPALand on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Big 3 via email here.  This edition:

CARB Sets a Standard It Can’t Meet

The California Air Resources Board apparently didn’t read the First Amendment before it decided to propose a regulation prohibiting false statements made to its board or staff.  Now we don’t condone lying, but if enacted, the new policy would have CARB deciding what’s true and what’s not.  Scofflaws could face various “penalties” to be named later…by CARB.  And as we’ve seen with CARB’s recent use of phony data and resumes to push its agenda, any dissenting opinion may be fair game for this new carbon-clouded truth Gestapo.

CARB’s public notice on the proposed regulation

Read Laer’s Cal Watchdog op-ed on the policy

Developer Fees Now Harder to Pass…But Hold the Champagne

When Californians approved Prop 26, they made it harder for regulatory agencies to pass along fees to developers by requiring a 2/3 vote of the respective board.  One such agency, the California Coastal Commission, will now need eight commissioners in accord to pass “in-lieu” fees that often serve as a mitigation tradeoff for development approvals.  Regulatory agencies are rarely shy about imposing fees, but this new higher threshold may make it more difficult for some agencies to exact the pound of flesh they seek, and what that means for pending projects still remains to be seen.

Read the Capitol Weekly article

Read our caution of what may happen

At Least the Housing Market is Up!

Everyone needs a little good news now and then.  Even though the economic recovery is slow and people are still tepid about jumping into home ownership, the Golden State’s housing market is looking much brighter than it did a year ago.  California has moved up three spots since August to claim the title of the third-best home market in the U.S., after New York and North Dakota.  Home sales are up a whopping .86 percent – as in less than one percent – over last year.  While that figure won’t knock your socks off, it’s better than 47 other states, so we’ll take it!

Read the OC Register‘s article

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