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35 former members of California Coastal Commission oppose effort to oust executive director

35 former members of California Coastal Commission oppose effort to oust executive director

Thirty-five former members of the California Coastal Commission declared Monday that they oppose the effort to fire Charles Lester, the embattled executive director of the powerful land-use agency.

In a letter to commission Chairman Steve Kinsey, the group stated that Lester's termination "would significantly undermine" both the agency's work and Gov. Jerry Brown's legacy to protect California's vast coastal resources.

"Our state is facing a period of unprecedented change and challenge with a rapidly growing population and the impacts of climate change increasing threats to our coast," the former commissioners wrote. "Dr. Lester's professional...

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