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Welcome to ActCoastal, the California Coast Accountability Project. ActCoastal is a campaign to protect California’s coast by bringing transparency and accountability to the actions of the California Coastal Commission.

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Coastal Commission Vote Chart

May 2015 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Drakes Estero Wilderness Federal Consistency DeterminationMonterey Bay Shores Resort 2
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote Bad Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote Bad Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Good Vote Good Vote
GCox.png Greg Cox Good Vote Bad Vote
McClure.jpg Martha McClure Good Vote Bad Vote
Shallenberger.jpg Mary K. Shallenberger Good Vote Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote Bad Vote
Mitchell.jpg Wendy Mitchell Good Vote Absent for Vote

The May hearing was held in Santa Barbara. Several complicated issues dominated the agenda. A Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application was brought forth to retain a rock revetment at Goleta Beach, near Santa Barbara. Opinions were divided amongst the local community and environmental advocates—with some wanting to keep the rock revetment, and others supporting its removal. In the end, the Commission voted to retain the rock revetment.

Sweetwater Mesa was another controversial project before the Commission at this hearing. The Commission previously denied this multi-dwelling project (and has been to court with the Applicant). Over the years, opponents have objected to the development because it would impact extremely sensitive habitat. Recently opponents raised concerns that the project will undermine the recently adopted Santa Monica Mountains LCP that specifically protects sensitive habitat and view sheds.

Finally, two other interesting items are highlighted in this vote chart—a dispute resolution regarding the Monterey Bay Shores Project and the federal consistency determination to allow in-water restoration work to begin at Drakes Estero Wilderness area in Point Reyes National Seashore.

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