Construction Unions Oppress, Exploit, and Victimize the Fresno County Planning and Land Use Department with Huge CEQA Paperwork Burdens

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Imagine you are an analyst in the office of the Fresno County Planning and Land Use Division. Budget cuts have forced your department to strictly manage its resources at the same time that solar energy developers are seeking county approval for permits to build and operate 41 solar electrical generating facilities. But you’re abiding by the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and getting the applications processed.

But one thing is wasting a lot of your time: the endless records requests and the voluminous, last-minute submissions from the South San Francisco law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo on behalf of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE). The environmental objections alleged in these comments and appeals are bogus, but you still have to deal with the tremendous amount of paperwork.

The Fresno County Planning and Land Use Division responds on August 7, 2012 to a request for records concerning submissions of the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo on behalf of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) concerning proposed solar energy generation projects.

Worst of all, you know that these submissions attacking your work have nothing to do with protecting the environment. Sometimes the environmental objections simply evaporate after a while. People say that the paperwork is actually about coercing solar energy developers to give unions a monopoly on the construction of power plants with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), but the paperwork never mentions union agreements, and the developers never reveal what they surrendered to get California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) off their backs.

Finally, someone is exposing the racket that Fresno County staff has grown accustomed to enduring as a curse of doing business in California. Kevin Dayton of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC and the Dayton Public Policy Institute has now requested all of the documents submitted to Fresno County by Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo regarding proposed solar power plants. He spent three hours on August 7, 2012 identifying and listing them. See the list below.

Submissions to FRESNO COUNTY by the Law Firm of Adams, Broadwell, Joseph & Cardozo on Behalf of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) Concerning Solar Project Approvals Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

General Correspondence

January 12, 2012 Request for notice on several projects including Solis Oro Loma

Oro Loma (Conditional Use Permit No. 3297)

November 4, 2011 Request for documents associated with environmental review

November 11, 2011 Request for comment extension on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

November 16, 2011 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

November 21, 2011 Request for documents associated with environmental review (also requests documents related to Conditional Use Permit No. 3296)

Gestamp Asetym Solar Project – 119 MW (Conditional Use Permit No. 3345)

April 23, 2012 Request for immediate access to documents

May 14, 2012 Request for documents associated with application for Conditional Use Permit

Gestamp Asetym Solar Project – Giffin 1 – (Conditional Use Permit No. 3347)

April 30, 2012 Request for immediate access to documents

May 7, 2012 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

May 24, 2012 Appeal of Fresno County Planning Commission approval on May 10, 2012

Gestamp Adame 1 (Conditional Use Permit No. 3345)

May 23, 2012 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Silverado Liberty (Conditional Use Permit No. 3327)

February 3, 2012 Request for documents associated with environmental review

April 5, 2012 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (also includes comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Inspiration – Conditional Use Permit No. 3330)

Silverado Patriot (CUP 3328)

February 3, 2012 Request for documents associated with environmental review

Silverado Inspiration (CUP 3330)

February 3, 2012 Request to receive notices

April 2, 2012 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

April 5, 2012 Comments on IS/MND (also includes comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Liberty – Conditional Use Permit No. 3327)

April 26, 2012 Appeal of Fresno County Planning Commission approval on April 12, 2012

Annedale Solar Project (Conditional Use Permit No. 3354)

May 9, 2012 Request for documents associated with environmental review

Rose Solar Project (Conditional Use Permit No. 3320)

May 9, 2012 Request to receive notices

Placer Solar Project (Conditional Use Permit No. 3321)

May 9, 2012 Request to receive notices

Three Rocks PV Solar Facility – Pacific Solar LLC (Conditional Use Permit No. 3331)

May 9, 2012 Request to receive notices

May 9, 2012 Request for immediate access to all documents associated with project

May 22, 2012 Request for comment extension on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Brannon Solar LLC (Conditional Use Permit No. 3344)

May 22, 2012 Request for comment extension on IS/MND

May 30, 2012 Comments on Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

June 22, 2012 Request for immediate access to all documents associated with project

Oro Loma IV Project (Conditional Use Permit No. 3334)

June 18, 2012 Request for immediate access to all documents associated with project

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