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The upcoming vote on a Banning Ranch development will set the Coastal Commission's direction

The upcoming vote on a Banning Ranch development will set the Coastal Commission's direction

A long-anticipated vote by the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday will decide more than the fate of a massive development proposed for the last big piece of private open land on the Southland coast.

It will signal the direction of a commission that has been mired in controversy over the dismissal of its executive director and a perceived pro-development tilt.

The Newport Banning Ranch proposal, which calls for the construction of nearly 900 homes, a resort hotel and shops on an Orange County oil field overlooking the Pacific Ocean, has heightened tensions between the politically appointed commissioners and their expert staffers, who have insisted — to...

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