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The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast)  is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGOs, committed to protecting and restoring California's coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment to the coast, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution.

CalCoast has sponsored or supported legislation, budget requests and bond measures (Propositions 12, 13, 40, 50 and 84) that have raised billions of dollars in state and federal funding for beaches, wetlands, clean water and parks. In 1999, we sponsored the California Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64-Ducheny), which created the state’s first fund for beach nourishment projects.
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Editor's Notes - June 26, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 06/26/15

Stay tuned for information about a symposium CalCoast and its allies will hold this fall in the Inland Empire (tentatively scheduled for Oct 20-21 in Ontario, CA), focusing on the drought and climate change and the mechanics of updating LCPs and General Plans, as well as how to deal with relevant statutes and regulations. Coastal Symposium 15 focused on the science of climate change, but due to popular demand, and the high profile climate change and the drought have in the news (see below), the Drought Symposium 15 will be more focused on implementation and adaptation plans from experts involved in the process. A call for presentations will be circulated soon.

If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for Drought Symposium 15, please send a message to Gracie Parisi, CalCoast's COO, at graciepwilson@gmail.com. If you know of any conflicts from other events this October, please let us know. And stay tuned!  

Editor's Notes - May 29, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 05/29/15

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Water Rule, which would restore the Clean Water Act's protections to many of our nation's streams, rivers and wetlands -- sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans. The rule also provides an annual benefit of $388-514 million by reducing flooding, filtering pollution, providing wildlife habitats, supporting hunting and fishing, and recharging groundwater. More than 800,000 Americans called on the EPA to finalize the strongest possible Clean Water Rule. EPA’s announcement and articles about the new Clean Water Rule have been posted below.


The California Coastal Commission recently discussed its legislative program. The staff report is available online here. 

The California Shore and Beach Preservation Association (CSBPA) is holding a two-day conference on the future of the California Coast at Rockaway Beach, Pacifica. To receive updates and registration information, email csbpa@esassoc.com. To discuss the workshop, contact Bob Battalio, CSPBA Northern California Vice President at bbattalio@esassoc.com or 415-262-2313. CSBPA is the state chapter of the non-profit American Shore and Beach Preservation. Founded in 1926, the ASBPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advocates for healthy coastlines by promoting the integration of science, policies and actions that maintain, protect and enhance the coasts of America. For more information on ASBPA, go to www.asbpa.orgor find it on Facebook or Twitter.


by Steve Aceti on 05/25/15

I try to keep my posts positive and upbeat (except for the drought and the recent oil spill up north), but I just went through some mail and I received not one, but TWO thick catalogues from "Paper Source." First of all, I have no idea how I ended up on their mailing list and if they have my address, they probably have my email address. I hate SPAM, but not as much as wasting resources and screwing with the environment. Most importantly, why are they wasting paper (I've seen the process - lots of trees, water, and other precious resources, not to mention the chemicals) and fuel to deliver the catalogues to the USPS, then having the USPS deliver their environmentally unsound catalogues by truck? BTW: who the #$%& buys stuff from catalogues anymore? BOYCOTT PAPER SOURCE AND TELL THEM WHY: customerservice@paper-source.com

City's Approval of Banning Ranch Upheld by Appeals Court

by Steve Aceti on 05/22/15

City of Newport Beach | Posted Date: 5/20/2015 5:30 PM

The California Court of Appeals has upheld the City of Newport
Beach’s (City’s) approval of the development of Banning Ranch and rejected
the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s (Conservancy’s) legal challenge to the
Banning Ranch development project in its entirety.

This is the second time the courts have rejected the Conservancy’s
claims about the City’s actions. In 2013, the Orange County Superior Court
rejected the Conservancy’s claim that the City did not comply with the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it approved the Banning
Ranch project. In fact, the Superior Court found nothing wrong with the
environmental impact report (EIR), wetlands surveys, and other biological
analyses completed on the Banning Ranch property.

On May 20, 2015, the California Court of Appeal reaffirmed this
decision and also ruled that the City complied with its General Plan when it
approved the project.

“We are pleased that the Court of Appeal rejected the Conservancy’s
claims and ratified the City’s processing of this complex and controversial
project,” said Newport Beach Mayor Edward Selich. “It is a project that
deserves consideration at the Coastal Commission given its balanced approach
to restoration, open space, and development. Following our approval in 2012,
we are glad that the site is one step closer to remediation and

Philip Bettencourt
Real Estate Development Planning
14 Corporate Plaza, S. 120
Newport Beach, Ca 92660

Editor's Notes - May 22, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 05/21/15

Everyone in the coastal world - electeds, staff, consultants and NGOs - are shocked by the recent oil spill in Santa Barbara. We have posted a number of articles about the spill below. A statement issued by the Western States Petroleum Association about the spill is available here.


Information on the response is available at the following websites:


We hope everyone has a safe, happy Memorial Day weekend, and our thoughts go out to those of you who have been affected by the Santa Barbara oil spill.  

California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.