Californians Fight Over Whether Coast Should Be Rugged or Refined

By ADAM NAGOURNEY            FEB. 8, 2016 LOS ANGELES — It has been one of the most powerful governmental agencies in the nation, with sweeping powers to determine what gets built, or does not get built, on the 1,100 miles of cliffs, mountains and beaches along the Pacific Ocean, one of the country’s great destinations. The California Coastal Commission, created … Continue reading “Californians Fight Over Whether Coast Should Be Rugged or Refined”

Coastal Coup

The Press Democrat editorial was right on target (“Stop the coup at the Coastal Commission”). Newspapers across our state have been spotlighting the showdown in Morro Bay as some Coastal Commission members seek to oust its executive director, Charles Lester. The commission has received more than 17,000 letters in support of Lester vs. three against, … Continue reading “Coastal Coup”

Action Attendance or Letter to Save Lester on CCC

I am forwarding an email from the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin to finalize the head count for our bus trip to Morro Bay. Many groups across the State, up and down the coast, are organizing to oppose the removal of Dr. Charles Lester as Executive of the California Coastal Commission. I hope you’ll … Continue reading “Action Attendance or Letter to Save Lester on CCC”

Letter: California Coastal Commission May be Weakened by a Firing

February 4, 2016 Kevin Nelson, San Clemente  Since the 1970s, the Coastal Commission has been the protector of last resort for so many environmental issues. But the Commission’s executive director might lose his job due to the politics of greed and over-development. Here is a small sampling of the agency’s achievements: A toll road would … Continue reading “Letter: California Coastal Commission May be Weakened by a Firing”

Letter to Sonoma County Supervisors Re: Local Coastal Plan

Dear Sonoma County Supervisors: To so radically change the coastal portion of the General Plan with next to no public notice is simply a outrage! There are such serious and controversial issues involved that extensive public hearings must be held.  Do the Supervisors not care for their constituents concerns? Do they not care for the … Continue reading “Letter to Sonoma County Supervisors Re: Local Coastal Plan”

National Marine Sanctuaries Celebration, Sun. June 28, Gualala

National Marine Sanctuaries now protect the entire Sonoma & southern Mendocino Coast and it’s time to celebrate! Both the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries have more than doubled in size and permanently ban offshore drilling, pipelines, underwater mining, ocean dumping, and land based pollution ˆ and they bring NOAA‚s science expertise and … Continue reading “National Marine Sanctuaries Celebration, Sun. June 28, Gualala”

Hottest Day Ever Recorded!

To All, Word from Cape Town South Africa, (where we have three students currently on our Globalization program), yesterday was the hottest day ever reported for the region during the past century of scientifically precise record-keeping and one of the hottest ever reported in world history—130 degrees F, as measured at Cape Town International Airport. … Continue reading “Hottest Day Ever Recorded!”

The Passing of Bill Kortum: Dean of the local movement for Coastal Protection and Open Space

Here’s a few pieces of an article taken from a much larger article about the whole Kortum family. It was written by Chuck Lucas, and was posted on Caring Bridge. This gives a good idea of the depth and breadth of Bill Kortum’s contributions to our County. BACK AT THE RANCH Bill had graduated from … Continue reading “The Passing of Bill Kortum: Dean of the local movement for Coastal Protection and Open Space”

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. allies drop lawsuit

Move signals apparent end of battle over harvesting in federally protected estuary GUY KOVNER, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A high-profile, two-year legal battle over oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore came to an apparent and anticlimactic end Tuesday when a coalition of Marin County food interests dropped its case against the U.S. Department of … Continue reading “Drakes Bay Oyster Co. allies drop lawsuit”

Action: Sample Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary Expansion

Included Below – are CAG Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary expansion (form approx. Stinson Beach to Pt. Arena ) – Ocean Protection – no fishing regs. Supporting this expansion with some concerns voiced is a good thing.  Sanctuary management will and does effect SF Bay waters. Simple support letters will help. The President is thinking … Continue reading “Action: Sample Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary Expansion”