San Fernando Valley : Actor Ed Begley Resigns Conservancy Post

Actor-environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. has resigned as chairman of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy board of directors and from another city board, saying he was discouraged by the lip service paid to environmental issues and exhausted by the bureaucratic demands of his unpaid jobs.

“I’ve become my own worst nightmare,” Begley wrote in resigning. “A petty bureaucrat shuffling papers as the ancient forests are destroyed, the frogs perish and the coral reefs die off.”

The 46-year-old Studio City actor resigned from the conservancy and from the city’s Environmental Affairs Commission on Monday.

Sources said that Begley is also resigning from the board of the Coalition for Clean Air, a nonprofit group. “Ed’s one of our most valuable board members,” said Linda Waade, coalition executive director. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he wanted to take a break.”


Begley could not be reached for comment.