December Coastal Commission Hearing Report
December’s Coastal Commission hearing covered a range of important topics including coastal access, recreational resources, and the application of recently vested power to levy administrative fines for Coastal Act violations. Most notably, Commissioners voted to levy administrative fines for an egregious and ongoing access violation in Malibu to the tune of $4.2 million. Read the full meeting report here.
Martins Beach Update
California State Lands Commissioners Gavin Newsom and Betty Yee both expressed their resolve to act in the public interest to address the Martin’s Beach access issue. After taking public comment and then going into closed session, the three-person Commission reported back that they had decided to explore eminent domain as a way to force Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla to open the beach where he has restricted entry, and directed staff to report back with next steps on the process. Read more here.
King Tides Give a Sneak Peek at Sea Level Rise
Extremely high tides lapped against shorelines across the globe this week as part of the natural phenomenon known as “King Tides.” The next exceptionally high tides occur Monday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, Jan. 11. Plan your visit to the coast to assist in documenting King Tides, an important way to document a preview of coming sea level rise effects. Partner organization Surfrider Foundation is hopeful that citizen science projects like King Tides will help us better understand the effects of climate change and assist in critical adaptation efforts. Read more here.
Executive Director Search Survey
The Coastal Commission is hiring a new Executive Director and issued a survey to incorporate public comments into the search process. The application filing period is now closed – don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard! Participate in this search process to ensure strong and transparent protection of California’s Coastal Act. It is important to emphasize the need for the new ED to maintain an independent staff and an inspirational, high-functioning atmosphere. Click here for a link to the survey and suggested responses.
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