Part Two of a post on the decision Friday by the California Coastal Commission to fire Executive Director Charles Lester for doing his job making deliberate decisions to protect CA’s coast.
Here is a chart of the votes. Red denotes the “please fire this public servant who was doing his job well” and the blue denotes those requesting “could we please let the Coastal Commission do it’s job”. Governor Brown’s name was highlighted in red as all his appointees totally coincidentally happened to vote to remove Lester.
|1||Erik Howell||Councilmember||Governor Brown||02/21/14||2|
|2||Effie Turnbull Sanders||Commissioner||Governor Brown||01/13/14||2|
|3||Martha McClure||Supervisor||Governor Brown||05/20/11||5|
|4||Wendy Mitchell||Commissioner||Governor Brown||12/31/10||5|
|5||Olga Diaz (Alternate)||Speaker||09/09/13||2|
|7||Roberto Uranga||Councilmember||Senate Rules Committee||03/18/15||1|
|8||Chair Steve Kinsey||Supervisor||Senate Rules Committee||05/20/11||5|
|9||Dayna Bochco||Commissioner||Senate Rules Committee||05/20/11||5|
|10||Mary Shallenberger||Commissioner||Senate Rules Committee||11/22/04||11|
SOURCES: Coastal Commission and LA Times article linked below.
Just FYI. Tables and graphs sometimes can make things clearer than a bunch of type-words.
Coverage from the LA Times:
“No other commissioners offered explanations following the vote. After giving Lester a moment to speak, they adjourned.“
“The dismissal takes effect immediately, with senior Deputy Director Jack Ainsworth leading the agency until the commission selects an interim and permanent replacement.“
“Commissioners took the action in closed session because they said they were bound by law to honor Lester’s right to privacy.But their reasoning did not align with advice from the agency’s chief counsel, who told the panel they were free to discuss any current issues involving Lester’s performance because he had chosen a public hearing to defend himself.”
“This created an atmosphere of public distrust. We need to set the record straight. There was no coup by developer interests. But this is like trying to convince people that the fluoride in their water was not a communist plot,” – Commissioner Mark Vargas
“I would like to discuss with the press the reasons we are here. It is not about developers and their consultants. We have been terribly mischaracterized as developer hacks.” – Vice Chair Dayna Bochco
“You’re getting killed here today, told commissioners.” – Humboldt’s Ralph Faust everybody! From the LA Times: “He urged them to make their decision in public, adding that “whatever it is, own it and defend it.“
“A former chairman of the commission, Mel Nutter, said the way the hearing was structured — with hours of public testimony before any commissioners uttered any criticisms of Lester — was “totally backwards.”
“The public was asked in effect to present a defense against a set of charges that were never presented,” said Nutter, a Long Beach attorney. “It was totally backwards and that put the public at a huge disadvantage.””
A great stench in Morro Bay – Today’s Editorial in the Times Standard.