How coastal commissioners voted on the ouster of Charles Lester


The California Coastal Commission voted 7 to 5 on Wednesday to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester.

Here’s how they voted:


Effie Turnbull-Sanders: YES


Appointed by Jerry Brown

2/4/2014 – serves at the pleasure of the governor

Assistant general counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District where she provides legal advice and represents the district in all aspects of litigation. Owner of a private firm offering “image and wardrobe consulting.

Wendy Mitchell: YES

Appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Jerry Brown

12/31/2010 – serves at the pleasure of the governor

Public relations consultant with clients including PG&E and Cadiz Inc., a company that has drawn the ire of environmental groups for its plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California water agencies.

Martha McClure – North Coast Rep: YES

Appointed by Jerry Brown

5/20/2011 – serves at the pleasure of the governor

Del Norte County supervisor and teacher for the Del Norte Unified School District.

Erik Howell – South Central Coast Rep: YES

Appointed by Jerry Brown

2/21/2014 – serves at the pleasure of the governor

Pismo Beach city councilman who ran on a pro-business platform promising to increase property values and revitalize the city’s downtown area.


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Dayna Bochco: NO

Appointed by Darrell Steinberg and reappointed by Kevin de Leon

5/20/2011 - 5/20/2015

5/20/2015 - 5/20/2019

Television producer and attorney. Board member of the environmental group Heal the Bay. Member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Southern California Leadership Council.

Mary K. Shallenberger: NO

Appointed by Don Perata and reappointed twice by Darell Steinberg

11/22/2004 - 5/13/2009

5/13/2009 - 5/20/2013

5/20/2013 - 5/20/2017

Former special advisor to the Senate president pro tem on policy and political issues related to natural resources and the environment. Her commission bio says “she was instrumental in nearly every major environmental bill that passed the Legislature.”


Steve Kinsey – North Central Coast Rep: NO

Appointed by Darell Steinberg and reappointed by Kevin de Leon

5/20/2011-5/20/2015 Steinberg


Marin County supervisor who represents most of the county’s coastline.

Roberto Uranga – South Coast Rep: YES

Appointed by Kevin de Leon

3/18/2015 - 5/20/2017

Long Beach city councilman.

The California Coastal Commission’s decision to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, after closed-door deliberations sparked outrage by environmentalists and is expected to leave deep divisions.


Mary Luevano: NO

Appointed by Toni Atkins

8/31/2015 - 5/20/2019

Instructor in Arizona State University’s masters in sustainability leadership program.

Mark Vargas: YES


Appointed by John Perez and reappointed by Toni Atkins

4/24/2013 - 5/20/2015

7/17/2015 - 5/20/2019

President of Mission Infrastructure, a project management and development-consulting firm based in Los Angeles.

Carole Groom – Central Coast Rep: NO

Appointed by John Perez

5/20/2013 - 5/20/2017

San Mateo County supervisor.

Gregory Cox – San Diego Coast Rep: YES

Appointed by John Perez

9/9/2013 - 5/20/2017

San Diego County supervisor

Voting as his alternate, Olga Diaz:

Escondido city councilwoman


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