July 2014 Coastal Vote Chart
The July hearing contained a few items that were laden with controversy and debate. Coastal advocates were pleased the County of Los Angeles’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the Santa Monica Mountains was officially adopted. This area of L.A. County had been one of the largest areas of the coast without a certified LCP. The implementation of a new LCP will protect watershed and coastal resources. There was a Cease and Desist Order that required property owners to stop blocking public access to the beach and Ontario Ridge Trail by removing unpermitted fences, gates, and signs. There was also an item to expand hotel construction at the Port of San Diego, the Commission rightly pointed out the lack of availability of low-to-moderate accommodations; after much debate, the applicant withdrew the application (see a blog here). Finally there was a very controversial item relating to the Trump National Golf Course.