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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.

2019 California Coastal Commission Conservation Report Card

No other agency or legislative body holds as much responsibility for California’s beloved beaches as does the Coastal Commission; the Commission’s decisions, month after month, permit by permit, shape the use of our coast and, in the face of sea level rise, the future of our beaches. The California Coastal Commission Report Card strives to ensure that this responsibility is being met by offering a summary and analysis of the commission’s voting record throughout the year based on key high-priority, high-stakes coastal development projects and issues.

Find the 2019 California Coastal Commission Conservation Report Card here.

June 2020 Coastal Commission Meeting Report

The June meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, June 10 to Friday, June 12. The agenda contained more substantial items than the previous month as the virtual platform becomes more finely tuned and capacity increases. ActCoastal partners commented on several items including a proposed condominium development on Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, reauthorization of the Russian River Management Plan and an enforcement action regarding longstanding beach encroachments by 33 Newport Beach homeowners. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, on the Beach Boulevard development which was an appeal of a city issued permit that was ultimately denied. Commissioners expressed concerns regarding coastal hazards and safety on the site. For more information, see the vote chart and meeting summary.

Newport Beach Encroachment Enforcement Item

As a result of the a consent cease and desist order, offending private property owners were fined $1.7 million for violating public access to Newport Beach for decades by creating illegal yard extensions of their beachfront properties onto the sandy public beaches. The city of Newport Beach also agreed to cover at least $500,000 in costs to remove illegal landscaping, grassy lawns and walkways.

A total of 33 homeowners will pay the fine for their encroachment into sand dune habitat in Newport Beach. This private encroachment on public beach takes up valuable space that should be available for public access. As reported in Courthouse News, “Jennifer Savage, California policy manager for the Surfrider Foundation, said during the meeting the homeowners encroached on the public beach ‘with a sense of entitlement most of us would be hard-pressed to fathom.’ Savage said some of the illegal yards extended as much as 80 feet onto the beach.”

Additionally, sand dunes are regarded as sensitive habitat that support endangered shorebirds and other wildlife. Sand dunes also provide beach stability and may provide important flood protection over the coming decades as sea levels rise. The orders were approved by the Commission unanimously.

As always, check out ActCoastal partner testimony from the meeting on our YouTube channel.

Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Announced

In early January, the Trump administration released a proposal to expand oil drilling in 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf States and environmental groups have been quick to respond with outrage. Visit Protect the Pacific for details and ways to take action now!

You can follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, too! As ever, thanks for your support and dedication to access, open space protection and coastal preservation! Please let us know of your coastal concerns – we must all work together to #SaveOurCoast!

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