Meeting

2019/June

From ActCoastal

Year 2019
Month June
Location San Diego
Description The Coastal Commission’s June hearing took place in San Diego at the Island Palms Hotel & Marina on Wednesday, June 12 through Friday, June 14. The agenda featured important coastal issues including public access, beach preservation and environmentally sensitive habitat areas.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Public Access Violation The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay opened in 2001 in a location that was historically used for public access to the coast. As a condition of the coastal development permit, the hotel was required to maintain public use and coastal access. Unfortunately, that condition was never met and public access was not provided for nearly two decades. As part of an enforcement settlement, the hotel operator agreed to consent cease and desist orders including a new management strategy for public coastal access parking spaces, improved coastal access signage and to pay increased stipulated penalties for any future noncompliance with this Consent Order. In addition, the hotel operators agreed to an administrative fine of $1.6 million, a portion of which will help develop a segment of the California Coastal Trail via the Peninsula Open Space Trust. The hotel was also directed to create a plastic waste reduction plan and a media campaign to advertise the access opportunity. Commissioners unanimously approved the consent orders. Green Dot.png
San Onofre State Beach Seawall California State Parks proposed to retain an 800-foot long riprap revetment along Surf Beach at San Onofre State Beach. The seawall was originally constructed pursuant to an emergency permit issued in February 2017. The emergency revetment was installed as a temporary measure to protect the beachfront road. Due to uncertainty regarding the renewal of State Parks’ lease for San Onofre State Beach in August 2021 and the future of the bluff top San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) parking lot integral to a managed retreat alternative, Coastal Commission staff recommended a temporary five year authorization of the seawall with an option for a five year extension based on monitoring reports and a long term hazard management plan. The special conditions include annual surf and beach erosion monitoring reports with an opportunity for public contribution and a long term hazard management plan due in five years that avoids hard armoring and incorporates input from a public workshop. Commissioners unanimously approved the seawall authorization. Green Dot.png
Trafalgar Canyon San Clemente Applicants of this coastal development permit proposed an 8,000 Sq. Ft. residential development that would be located in a protected coastal canyon. The lot contains environmentally sensitive habitat that would be damaged, which is not allowed under the Coastal Act and is therefore illegal, and the grading required would create an unstable bluff and thus be unsafe. The entire site consists of a coastal canyon slope and is surrounded by ESHA. The proposal also violates a number of policies in the city’s land use plan that prohibit development in canyons. The staff report recommended approval in order to avoid a takings claim because the lot was technically zoned as residential. Commissioners disagreed and stood by the Coastal Act by unanimously denying the permit. Green Dot.png


Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

June 2019 Meeting


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

Commissioner Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Public Access ViolationSan Onofre State Beach SeawallTrafalgar Canyon San Clemente
Url.jpg Aaron Peskin Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Absent for Vote Absent for Vote Absent for Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote by Alternate Good Vote by Alternate Good Vote by Alternate
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
BVWtY5tv.jpeg Mary Luevano Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Absent for Vote Absent for Vote Absent for Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Good Vote Good Vote Good Vote