The proposed Guenoc Valley development has burned three times in the past seven years; at least two other fires have threatened nearby communities since 2019.

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In California, a New Fight to Stop Building in the Path of Fire. Dr. Pincetl in The New York Times.

“We’re at a kind of inflection point between the legacy of the 20th century and the imperatives of the 21st century,” said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at U.C.L.A. “No, you can’t just develop whatever you want to because you want to — that’s over. There’s no accountability in that over the long term.”