Coastal Commission Meeting Descriptions & Vote Charts

The Coastal Commission meets monthly in different coastal communities in California, from Del Norte to San Diego counties. The Commission deliberates on the merits and drawbacks of proposed coastal development projects within the 1.5-million acre, 1,100-mile long California coastal zone. The California Coastal Act itself provides the policies and standards that guide the Commissioners’ decision making.

Each month, ActCoastal selects the most important Commission votes and rates them as being either pro-coast or anti-coast. A description of the issues affected by each vote, as well as a record of individual Commissioners’ votes (pro-coast or anti-coast) and their alternates or absence, appears in the monthly vote charts. Select a meeting name or issue/outcome to read more about Commission conservation decisions.

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Meeting Name & Summary
Location
Issues/Outcome
2023/October

The Coastal Commission's three day meeting in Imperial Beach was held on October 11-13.

Imperial Beach
2023/September

The Coastal Commission met in Eureka on September 6-8. The busy 3-day meeting featured several important ActCoastal votes on public access, shoreline armoring and sand nourishment.

Eureka
2023/August

The Coastal Commission meeting took place in Oxnard on August 9-10. On Wednesday morning Commissioners and the public discussed the U.S.- Mexico border pollution crisis and the need for emergency action, discussed further below.

Oxnard
2023/June

The Coastal Commission’s June meeting took place virtually over two days on June 7 and 8. The shorter agenda packed several significant votes. The Commission voted to oppose SB 423, an affordable housing bill that would exempt certain coastal development from the Commission’s review, unless it is amended. The Commission also supported AB 80 which creates a working group for monitoring and research impacts to the ocean ecosystem related to offshore wind development. They also approved a correspondence letter from the Commission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) elevating the need to address the toxic water quality crisis at the U.S.- Mexico border. Additionally, the meeting resulted in an enforcement item approval, penalizing Malibu homeowners for blocking beach access to Escondido Beach. The homeowners are now required to create a new access pathway and public parking along the Pacific Coast Highway. The meeting resulted in two vote charts.

Virtual
2023/May

The Coastal Commission’s May meeting took place in Sacramento on May 10-12 in Sacramento.

Sacramento
2023/April

The April meeting took place virtually over Zoom on April 12-14. On Wednesday, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy gave an informational presentation on their coastal access program and 2023 work plan.

Virtual
2023/March

The Coastal Commission’s March meeting took place on March 8-10 in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay
2023/February

The February Coastal Commission meeting took place virtually over Zoom. On Wednesday, incoming executive director, Dr. Kate Huckelbridge, reported on the 2022 Year in Review report and a summary of the emergency response to the devastation storms in January.

Virtual
2022/November

The November Coastal Commission meeting took place in Salinas on November 16-18.

Salinas
2022/October

The Coastal Commission’s October meeting took place in San Diego on October 12-14.

San Diego
2022/ September

The Coastal Commission’s September meeting took place in Pismo Beach on September 7-9.

Pismo Beach
2022/July

The Coastal Commission met in Fort Bragg on Wednesday, July 13 through Friday, July 15.

Fort Bragg
2022/June

The Coastal Commission’s June meeting took place in San Diego on June 8-10.

San Diego
2022/May

The May Coastal Commission meeting took place in Costa Mesa on May 11-13.

Costa Mesa
2022/April

The Coastal Commission April meeting took place in Ventura and virtually on April 6-8.

Ventura
2022/February

The February Coastal Commission took place virtually on Wednesday, February 9 through Friday, February 11.

Virtual
2021/December

The Coastal Commission’s December meeting took place December 15 - 17 and featured a jam-packed agenda.

Virtual
2021/November

The Coastal Commission’s November meeting took place on Wednesday, November 17 and Friday, November 19.

Virtual
2021/October

The Coastal Commission’s October meeting took place on Wednesday, October 13 and Friday, October 15.

Virtual
2021/September

The Coastal Commission’s September meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15.

Virtual
2021/August

The Coastal Commission’s August meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, August 13.

Virtual
2021/May

The Coastal Commission’s May meeting took place on Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14.

Virtual
2021/March

The March Coastal Commission meeting took place virtually on March 10-12 with a special meeting on March 18.

Virtual