Editor’s Note . . .
by Julia Stein
We couldn’t be more excited to bring you our first issue as the Environmental Section of the California Lawyers Association. As we transition to a new organization, change and new horizons in the field of environmental law remain a theme throughout this issue’s offerings as well. Our first article, courtesy of Corrie Plant and Krista deBoer, offers an assessment of recent changes to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, and how those changes might square with state chemical regulation. Next, Marne Sussman explains two new and significant pieces of legislation for California’s cap-and-trade program, AB 398 and AB 617, and their import moving forward. Martin Stratte and Jonathan Shardlow then provide a perspective on recent case law better defining when "urban decay" should be a subject of environmental review. Following that, Chelsea Maclean summarizes a spate of new housing laws, and what they could mean as California attempts to tackle a mounting housing affordability crisis. Finally, in keeping with tradition, Gary Lucks closes this issue with his recap of the 2016-2017 legislative session, considering Governor Brown’s legacy as California continues to forge ahead into the future.