Hannah-Beth Jackson

Will Sacramento lawmakers restore trust in the Coastal Commission?

Will Sacramento lawmakers restore trust in the Coastal Commission?

About six years ago, on a fabulously sunny day in Malibu, it became abundantly clear how in the dark I was about coastal development in California.

I stood on the ridge where U2 guitarist David Evans and friends wanted to erect five homes the size of airport terminals, and I was listening to Evans’ high-priced team argue in favor of fouling the natural habitat. To my surprise, a representative of the consulting firm hired by Evans told me his outfit had been arguing their case in meetings with members of the California Coastal Commission.

Wait a minute, I thought.

Is that legal?

It didn’t seem fair to me that an applicant — a...

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