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.
An effort is currently underway to fire Charles Lester, the Executive Director of the Coastal Commission.
This is more than an assault on Executive Director Lester, it's an attack on the Coastal Act. This is a power grab attempting to undermine the integrity of the Coastal Commission and gain control over an independent Staff without any public accountability or transparency.
Key to note is the complete lack of transparency. While there is resemblance with the 1995 failed attempt to oust founding Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas, that attempt was done completely in the public light and encouraged public comment... rather than covertly with little disclosure or explanation from Commissioners. It is critical that we - as a community of coastal-concerned citizens - show support for a Commission that votes to protect our coast and follows the mandates set forth by the Coastal Act... we can do this by supporting Executive Director Lester and his proven record of being a steward of the Coastal Act.
An amazing community has formed to support the Executive Director! Check out these incredible letters submitted to voice support:
- Act on the action alert
- Share your opinion! Writing letters to your local paper is a great way to make your voice heard. If you want to get your thoughts out there and need some supporting information check out this document.
- Show your support for a Coastal Commission that protects the coast and attend the Feb 10 hearing! Join us at the Commission’s next public hearing, Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in Morro Bay, to speak to the current staff’s accomplishments, urge Commissioners to retain Dr. Lester and ask them to continue protecting California’s beaches as the Coastal Act requires.
Hearing Location: Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay Arrive early (8:30-9am) in order to pick up signs and signup to speak.
Here are general guidelines to help inform you for the hearing tomorrow, February 10.
Getting to and around Morro Bay: Follow this link for detailed transportation information to and from the hearing. Otherwise, please see the summary of info below:
|2015 Annual Coastal Commission Vote Chart: A Summary||20 January 2016|
|Coastal communities should adopt ‘managed retreat’||31 December 2015|
|Desalination: issues for consideration and informational resources||30 December 2015|
|Responsible Beach Events: a framework||30 November 2015|
|Under New Law, California Should Engage Key Experts and Stakeholders to Assess Oil Transportation Risks Using Best Available Science||20 November 2015|
|... further results|