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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 - August 21, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 08/21/15

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday for the last four weeks of this year’s session. It’s going to be a busy month since the governor called two special sessions to deal with funding for roads, highways and other infrastructure needs, as well as health care (MediCal) for the underprivileged. CalCoast participated in an advocacy day Wednesday with other NGOs that are working on natural resource issues and we will keep everyone posted on the fate of important and interesting legislation as the session races along.
 
Congratulations to Ventura County for being ranked first in a nationwide study of the best places to live based on scenery and climate (see article below). After Ventura County, Humboldt, Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Del Norte counties round out the top five.

Editor's Notes - August 7, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 08/07/15

Call for Information: Pool Removals and Pool/Fountain Bans

 

We have come across a number of articles the past few months about residential pool removals and bans on ornamental fountains. In addition, one of our coastal city members is working on a draft ordinance that would ban the future construction of residential swimming pools unless the pool was filled with desalinated water. Please let us know whether you are aware of cities that are working on similar ordinances.

 

Call for Coastal Homeowner Groups

 

We are aware of several homeowner groups along the coast, but we would like to update our list and add coastal homeowner groups to our database so we can eventually link up organizations to support or oppose statutes, budget items, regulations, etc. Homeowner groups along the coast should be organized and we want to help facilitate that process.

 

We are aware of several homeowner groups along the coast, some of whom are CalCoast™ members, but we would like to update our list and add coastal homeowner groups to our database so we can eventually link up organizations to support or oppose statutes, budget items, regulations, etc. Homeowner groups along the coast should be organized and we want to help facilitate that process.

 

Two Weeks of News 

 

Our WAVE editor took a much-needed vacation two weeks ago, and, although the WAVE was not published last week, news articles from that week have been posted on our website. 

Editor's Notes - July 24, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 07/24/15

Call for Coastal Homeowner Groups

 

We are aware of several homeowner groups along the coast, but we would like to update our list and add coastal homeowner groups to our database so we can eventually link up organizations to support or oppose statutes, budget items, regulations, etc. Homeowner groups along the coast should be organized and we want to help facilitate that process.

 

Add “Congratulations to our friends who manage Bolsa Chica Lagoon on their 25th anniversary.


 

Our WAVE editor is taking a much-needed vacation next week, so the WAVE will not be published next week. Check back with us Friday, August 7

Editor's Notes - July 10, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 07/10/15

Forget about "The Donald" for a minute (we know how hard that is) and soak in (pun intended) some good news for a change. This morning, Refugio State Beach was cleared by California State Parks to reopen at noon July 17. State Parks and members of the Unified Command (see logos below) completed a site assessment of the state beach and deemed it safe for all recreational activities, including swimming, camping and fishing.  

 

Non-state park areas to the east/south of Refugio State Beach will remain closed as cleanup work continues and the public is asked to avoid those areas. Refugio State Beach is located 20 miles West of Santa Barbara on Highway 101 at Refugio Road. More information on the beach is available here, call (805) 585-1850 or send an email message to reply@refugioresponse.com.

 

Currently, the SoCal WaterSmart program offers rebates on high-efficiency toilets starting at $100. Funding is limited, and you have to qualify. Go to

socalwatersmart.com for information.

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!  

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