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Counties, state try to roll back warehouse growth in California

ATTACKING THE CREEPING SCOURGE OF… JOBS? For decades, the chorus in California’s fast-growing Inland Empire was fairly consistent: We can’t just be bedroom communities — we need jobs. As the region evolved, its lower land costs and transportation infrastructure created a boom in warehousing and logistics.

Happy days, right? Wrong.

State and county officials, worried there are too many employment opportunities warehouses in the region, are trying end-runs around city governments, rolling out everything from countywide policies and pressure on developers to calls for greater environmental review in an effort to stem what they see as a warehouse invasion.

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks is the founder and president of the Better Cities Project. He previously led public affairs for the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, public relations for the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, and national outreach efforts for several other groups.

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