Antonio Villaraigosa on Environment



Modernize CEQA to allow new construction projects

Villaraigosa said leaders will have to address how California delivers water and examine ways to make the business climate more friendly amid the constant concerns of environmentalists, he said. "If you can modernize (the California Environmental Quality Act) to build a football stadium," Villaraigosa asked to applause, "Why can't you modernize CEQA to build a hospital?"
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2018 California gubernatorial race , Feb 1, 2017

Added 669 acres of open space & 1,549 miles of bikeways

To mark his time as mayor, his staff put together a 60-page book, titled "Straight from the Heart of L.A." that details his accomplishments over the past eight years. Among the accomplishments:
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 California Governor race , Jun 23, 2013

Retrofitting buildings helps economy and environment

Mayor Villaraigosa launched the LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership, an innovative, Recovery Act-funded program that will help owners of commercial properties make their buildings more energy efficient. With commercial buildings accounting for 57% of the energy consumption in the City, LA has a large built-in market for these retrofits. LA is leading the way in finding innovative methods to promote environmental stewardship that also benefit our local economy.
Source: City of Los Angeles Mayoral press release #015724 , Oct 14, 2011

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