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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 24, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 06/24/16

Happy first week of summer and good riddance June Gloom!
 
Status of Coastal Commission Ex Parte Communication Bills
 
SB 1190: hearing in Assembly Natural Resources June 27th (bill amended June 8)  
AB 2002: hearing in Senate Natural Resources and Water June 28th
For the text of bills, staff analyses, and bill history, log onto www.leginfo.ca.gov, Scroll down to the "Bill Information" tab and enter the bill number in the search window.
 
Highlights from the articles and information below:
 
  • Taxicabs collide in Capitol with Uber and Lyft over legislation
  • California cap-and-trade emission auctions could face bleak future
  • UPDATE: State commission delays Marine Protection Area monitoring proposal
  • Coastal Commission gets an emergency loan from the state to make its payroll
  • Drought killed 66 million trees in California
  • Some water agencies say 'no' to mandated water cuts despite drought
  • The Latest: California oil spilled near pipeline valve
  • Lido House Hotel developer seeks to expand parts of project 
  • U.S. IOOS awards $31m for ocean observing
  • Pilot deployed to fight plastic pollution in North Sea
  • For now, Coastal Commission opts for drawn-out talks over litigation with CEMEX in marina
  • A new Malibu stairway is opening up public access to the beach
  • Lavish pension hikes cause of O.C.'s exploding debt
  • Op-Ed: San Diego smart to prepare for recreational marijuana
  • San Francisco places sugary soda tax on November ballot
  • Encinitas housing plan set for November ballot
  • Carlsbad unveils draft report on global warming sea level rise
  • Imperial Beach braces for rising sea levels
  • Monterey prepares for sea level rise

Editor's Notes - June 17, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 06/17/16

Cal-EPA: Less Than 1% of Total State Budget

The state's $170.9-billion budget was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Brown Wednesday on a party-line vote, except  Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), who broke ranks and voted in favor of the plan. The budget increases spending on social services, but it also adds $2 billion in the state's rainy-day fund. In addition, the budget includes another $1.75-billion cushion in case revenue runs lower or spending is higher than expected. Although the budget has been approved, some of the most important decisions regarding the state's financial future will be made in the November election when voters will decide whether to extend higher taxes on the wealthy (the taxes were originally raised by a ballot initiative the guv pushed for in 2012, which was supposed to be temporary), increase the levy on cigarettes, or borrow billions of dollars to build and renovate schools.
 
Funding for agencies and other entities with jurisdiction over the state's natural resources and the environment only accounts for .07% of the total 2026-2027 budget, although there is also funding for drought resiliency.
 
Natural Resources Agency: $9B ($2.8 billion general fund) for the agency's 26 departments, boards, commissions, conservancies, and conservancies that protect, maintain and restore the state's natural and historical
resources.

Cal-EPA: $4.3B ($87.8 million general fund) for the agency's environmental regulatory programs and enforcement of environmental laws.
 
Status of Coastal Commission Bills
 
SB 1190: hearing in Assembly Natural Resources June 27th (amended June 8)
 
AB 2002: hearing in Senate E. & C.A. and  N.R. & W. June 21
 
For the text of bills, staff analyses, and bill history, log onto  www.leginfo.ca.gov. Scroll down to the "Bill Information" tab and enter the bill number in the search window.

Editor's Notes - June 10, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 06/10/16

Coastal Commissioner Loses Seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors - and the Commission
 
The blow-back against the California Coastal Commission for its February termination of Executive Director Charles Lester intensified Tuesday as Commissioner Martha McClure, one of the agency's strongest anti-Lester voices, was crushed in her re-election bid as a supervisor in Del Norte County. Losing her supervisor's seat means she will lose her spot on the commission as well. McClure was appointed to the commission in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown. McClure was blown out Wednesday by challenger Lori Cowan by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. McClure is the subject of an ongoing election law finance investigation and she came under fire for staying at the home of a Coastal Commission lobbyist in Malibu (who was representing U2"s "Edge" in connection with a controversial project before the commission) without reporting it.

Highlights from the articles and information below:

Editor's Notes - Juen 3, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 06/03/16

Today is National Donut Day. Major chains are giving away free donuts today. C'mon - you know you want one.
 
Highlights from the articles and information below:
 
  • California lawmakers advance Brown's affordable housing plan
  • Hundreds of thousands of Californians have signed up to vote, but what that means is anybody's guess
  • What California can learn from Israel about water
  • The key to saving California's groundwater
  • Del Mar faces floods, erosion as sea rises    
  • Future direction of Coastal Commission hinges on Banning Ranch
  • Muir Beach lawyer's suit on takings shot down in court
  • Coastal panel staff backs Santa Monica College's Malibu Campus plans
  • Feds give thumbs-up to fracking off California coast
  • Goleta Beach Park's future stalled
  • America's sickest wetlands are in the West, EPA finds 
  • New York - Plans For Vital Staten Island East Shore Sea Wall Now Headed To Army Corps' Desk For Final Approval
  • South Carolina - S.C. lawmakers reach agreement on shoreline management plan
  • Paso Robles councilman accused of using position for profit
  • After three years, a countywide short-term rentals ordinance is elusive
  • Speakers can't stop Hermosa Beach rental law
  • Palo Alto to create policy for sea-level rise
  • Trump acknowledges climate change - at his golf course
 

Editor's Notes - May 27, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 05/27/16

Celebrate World Oceans Day
                                    
World Oceans Day will be celebrated June 8th.  Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world's oceans. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme is "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet." Organizations and individuals around the world are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution with events in their communities, special announcements, and everything in between. More information, including how you or your organization can celebrate this event, is available here.

National Hamburger Day
 
Everyone knows about the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest
on July 4th, but did you know that tomorrow is National Hamburger Day (we think veggie or tempeh burgers are included)? Click here for more information about how you can celebrate the best annual holiday you never heard of.  
 
We wish everyone a fun, safe Memorial Day Weekend (if you need some chill time, read the WAVE)!

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