OPINION: You Can’t Go Home Again

Northern California’s Camp Fire destroyed 14,000 homes last month, leaving 26,000 residents of Paradise homeless. Despite that, the people who lost their homes in the fire will now be facing an uphill battle to rebuild their homes as a result of the state’s progressive, environmental regulations, such as the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970. Due to all the red tape and time needed to conduct studies and have officials sign off, the Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates it now takes an average of two and a half years to complete a housing project. As is the case with the Tubbs Fire that destroyed over 5,000 homes in Santa Rosa last year, only 61 homes have been rebuilt.

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