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Jensen quoted in the Guardian and LAist on lawsuit against Tejon Ranch development

The Guardian and LAist have both featured Nick Jensen in recent stories about the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and Center for Biological Diversity's ongoing legal battle against the Tejon Ranch Centennial Project development.

The Guardian writes: "as California looks back on another wildfire season that razed thousands of homes and threatened thousands of lives, debate in the state has intensified over how to solve the state’s dire housing crisis as the climate grows ever more extreme. Increasingly, environmentalists who have long opposed large-scale housing developments in the state’s wildlands are finding support in the courts."

According to LAist, "a judge has ruled that two environmental groups may move forward with a lawsuit against a planned sprawling development at the rural northern edge of Los Angeles County. The Tejon Ranch Company’s Centennial Project was first proposed two decades ago, and has been mired in environmental review and legal challenges ever since." 

“We know that under the right conditions, houses will burn, and people will be faced with the tragedy of losing their houses, their livelihoods and potentially their lives,” said Nick Jensen, conservation program director with CNPS, in the Guardian. “Are these projects really worth it?”

“This is just the wrong style of development for the 21st century,” said Jensen, in LAist. “We can have solutions to our housing crisis that don't put the environment and public safety at risk.” 

Additional Resources

The Guardian: Where to build in a state on fire? California housing projects face growing challenges

LAist: Judge Says Case Against Sprawling Tejon Ranch Development Can Move Forward