Griffin does Wiener 1
Under CEQA developers and government agencies are required to conduct an environmental review of any project that even might have a negative impact on our environment. If the review finds that there will be significant impacts, developers then have to try to mitigate them. An important goal of CEQA---always ignored by its critics---is also to provide the public with enough information to understand how proposed projects are going to impact the environment of their cities and neighborhoods.
Developers of course hate that requirement and argue that grass is going to grow in the streets if they aren't allowed to build whatever they want with no restrictions.
The Bicycle Coalition hates it because CEQA forced City Hall to do an environmental review of the 500-page Bicycle Plan that's going to redesign city streets---taking away more than 2000 parking spaces and 50 traffic lanes on busy city streets to make bike lanes---on behalf of the coalition's small, militant, PC minority.
WalMart would also like to eliminate CEQA review when it locates its new megastores.
Griffin claims that "labor unions and environmental groups like the Sierra Club are defending" CEQA, but that's at best a half-truth, since labor unions are interested in allowing development projects, since even dumb, destructive projects create jobs for unions: See, for example, union support for the Central Subway and high-speed rail projects.
Since Griffin doesn't know or understand any of this, she's unable to ask Wiener any serious questions about his bogus attempt to "reform" CEQA, like does he have a single example of the CEQA problem he's supposedly addressing? Instead her profile is just another big fat smooch on Wiener's ass by the local media.
San Francisco Magazine has a history of ass-kissing, which they naturally see as marketing their glossy product: here and here.
Memory Hole note: San Francisco Magazine, "Modern Luxury"---or whatever it calls itself---no longer provides an online archive of the very few interesting articles it's published over the years. If you don't have a hard copy of a story, you're out of luck if you want to link to any past articles in the magazine, like the July 2007 issue and the February 2007, Aaron Peskin issue.