Reacting to the dismissal of the California Coastal Commission’s executive director, Assembly members on Friday said they plan to introduce legislation to require people who lobby the commission to register with the state and disclose their clients with business pending before the powerful land-use agency.
There’s a bad smell seeping out of the California Coastal Commission, which voted 7-5 behind closed doors late Wednesday to fire Executive Director Charles Lester in direct repudiation of the huge number of environmentalists, local government officials, commission staff members and former commissioners who had supported him.
The newly fired executive director of the California Coastal Commission said Thursday that commissioners have shifted in recent years to be more accommodating to coastal developers and to exert tighter control over day-to-day activities at the agency.
The California Coastal Commission, born of a populist movement more than four decades ago, has long maintained the respect of environmentalists and residents fighting to protect the state’s 1,100-mile shoreline.
Demonstrators from San Diego to Humboldt County gathered outside the Morro Bay Community Center on Wednesday morning to show their support for California Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester before a public hearing on firing him.
For more than four decades, the California Coastal Commission has policed land use and preserved public access along more than 1,100 miles of shoreline — some of the most valuable and scenic real estate in the nation.
The California Coastal Commission is in the midst of a political controversy of its own making, and how the 12 voting members of the board act come Wednesday will send a clear signal about whether they are capable of living up to their mandate to protect the coast.
The embattled head of the California Coastal Commission is defending his record in his first public comments since members of the panel launched an effort to fire him from the powerful land-use agency.
Members of the California Coastal Commission are moving to fire its executive director, touching off a fierce debate over the commission’s recent shift in favor of more development along the state’s 1,000-mile shore.