How California environmental law makes it easy for labor unions to shake down developers


“Greenmailing” drives up construction costs and wait times, making the state’s already expensive housing even less affordable.

By Christian Britschgi | reason

The state of California has made it shockingly easy for construction unions to delay new construction under the guise of environmental protection, through a practice known as “greenmailing.” And time after time, they have. 

Consider Newport Crossings, a 350-unit apartment complex complete with 7,500 square feet of commercial space, and a half-acre public park proposed by developer Starboard Realty Partners. 

Starboard’s planned development would replace a blighted, 1970s-era shopping center where some 70 percent of the shopfronts sit vacant. Newport Crossings would add new housing to an area currently dominated by office blocks, shops, and restaurants. 


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