"I got this book because I wanted something that gave an overview of the California Planning system. I'm an architect and urban designer new to California and wanted something that would introduce me to the state's quite specific approach to urban planning policy and planning law. I found this book as it was required reading for Urban Planning courses at Berkeley and Davis. It's well written and edited, and comprehensive and detailed without getting stuck in the minutiae or digressing. It gives a nice history and introduces the role of the state to regional to local..."
- Jason Ambrose
"This book is the bible of California planning. I have worked in the field of urban planning for several years. The complexity of coastal California development is such that even the majority of people practicing in the field can't explain the whole process. This book is the only reference that I have seen that tells you what the heck is going on, in fact college classes are taught using this book..."
- M. Landy