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Coastal Commission meeting in closed session after hundreds rally in support of executive director

Coastal Commission meeting in closed session after hundreds rally in support of executive director

MORRO BAY, Calif. --- The California Coastal Commission went into closed session Wednesday night to discuss the firing of Charles Lester, the agency’s embattled executive director.

Despite pleas from many of the hundreds of people who asked for a public debate of Lester's future, the panel voted 9-3 to hold private talks.

The vote came after more than seven hours of testimony from Lester and public comment that overwhelmingly opposed dismissing the executive director.

Commissioners said a closed session was necessary because Lester has not waived his privacy rights regarding his personnel evaluations, which are confidential.

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