The Coastal Commission has been critical to helping to protect Humboldt’s coastlines natural heritage. We should be paying close attention then when developers begin a power play to gut the Coastal Commission’s mandate and fill it’s ranks with those who wish to develop the coast “reasonably”.
Let’s be clear, those that stand to lose will inevitably be all of us as we inevitably lose more of our unique natural coastal heritage. Those that stand to win are those that can pay for a forced-dismissal and continual pressure on this Commission.
This has been in the offing for a while and it brought to mind a warning that the Commission was losing it’s ability to perform it’s mission to protect California’s coastlines that former Commissioner Steve Blank gave as he resigned in 2013.
A year before that the Commission (and the public) had lost Peter Douglas someone who had been with the organization for 34 years.
What is happening now? As the T-S headlined last Thursday, there is a power-play lead by the commissions chairman Steve Kinsey to fire Executive Director Charles Lester. Kinsey exercised his right to a public hearing and this will take place on Feb 10th.
From the T-S article, “Susan Jordan of the California Coastal Protection Network said Lester’s ouster would leave the agency in turmoil and intimidate its staff.” Ah, it always seems to come down to that doesn’t it? Development interests have learned that they not only have to head up these public boards, but then they have to be able to intimidate staff to unlearn their fancy planning, engineering and administration educational backgrounds and listen instead to the people. And by “people” we of course mean those people who have enough wealth and influence to populate the boards that have been so much trouble to them.
Staff turmoil shakes powerful California coastal agency (Times Standard, 1/21/16)
How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast (LA Times, 1/23/16)
Blank resigns with warning for commission (Half Moon Bay Review, 1/18/2013)
Peter M. Douglas dies at 69; California Coastal Commission chief (LA Times, 4/4/2012)
For good measure, what “progressive” (in the sense that he knows politically how to progress forward, unlike us Goerblels lovin’, smart-growth-in-name-only-promotin’, Saul Alinsky readin’ B.A.N.A.N.A.s) and Coastal Commission scold Matthew Owen has recently written on the Coast Commission. It is development-progressives like Matthew and those whose land values will skyrocket who will be the winners if we lose people like Commissioner Lester. .
MATTHEW IN THE MIDDLE: BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) (Lostcoast Outpost 4/28/15)