Judge Rules FEMA Must Reconsider Floodplains Plan

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday to block the Federal Emergency Management Agency from moving forward with its plans to offer flood insurance to developers and property owners in 100-year flood zones in California, finding that the agency failed to consider effects development might have on endangered wildlife in those areas.

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Commission Adopts Environmental Justice Guidelines

Low-income communities and people of color will enjoy fuller access to California’s beaches thanks to the California Coastal Commission’s adoption of an environmental justice policy Friday that will provide clear guidelines for development projects along the Pacific Coast.

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California Development

Developers brought a federal complaint against Defense Secretary James Mattis, challenging the closure and transfer of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach to allow development of 12,272 residential units and 6.1 million square-feet of commercial space on 5,000 acres “along one of the most congested transportation arteries in the nation.”

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