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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 - April 11, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 04/11/14

The program for the 12th Annual "Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference" has been updated. The updated program, online registration, online hotel reservations and information about this year's conference are available here.

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles, op-eds and information below:

 

  1. Grant$: The State Water Resources Control Board will be holding a free Infrastructure Funding Fair in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In addition, The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology directorate recently announced a grant opportunity for a university partner to become a DHS Center of Excellence for Coastal Resilience.
  2. Water interests bring the debate about what to do in the face of a record-setting drought to Congress and a bill that would outlaw fracking in California passed its first committee. A bill that would have banned the use of Orca whales for entertainment failed, in part, from pressure applied by Assembly Majority Leader (and soon to be Speaker) Toni Atkins (D-San Diego).
  3. A $20 million privately funded beach restoration project in Malibu is closer to becoming a reality this week after the State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission deemed the project application complete. The project is being managed by a geologic hazard abatement district formed by a group of homeowners.
  4. Long Beach's mayoral runoff election will be historic and the city blasted an LA commission's recommendation that the Port of LA and the Port of Long Beach merge.
  5. Secretary for Natural Resources and California Ocean Protection Council chair John Laird has sent a letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer stating his support for the Senate version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  
The Legislature begins a week-long spring break today. TGIF!

Editor's Notes - April 4, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 04/05/14

Award ceremony in San Francisco: CalCoast was honored to join Brian Baird, former Assistant Secretary for Resources, beach expert, Dr. Billy Edge, Susan Brodeur, president of the California Beach Preservation Association, and many others, in honoring the career of beach and coastal expert Orville Magoon, whose accomplishments spanned the world. Among other things, Orville was instrumental in organizing many international conferences, including the very successful "California and the World's Oceans" conferences.      

Policy committee hearings are now in full swing in both houses of the Legislature and several ocean-related bills will be heard next week, including AB 1699 (Bloom), which would ban micro plastics in personal care products, and SB 1132 (Mitchell & Leno), which would place a moratorium on both onshore and offshore fracking.  

 

Watch for other coastal and ocean bills over the coming weeks, including a plastic bag ban bill SB 270 (Padilla, de León, & Lara), sea level rise adaptation and planning bills SB 1217 (Leno), AB 2516 (Gordon), and a beach water quality monitoring bill SB 1395 (Block). It is also expected that AB 976 (Atkins), a two-year bill that would give the Coastal Commission the ability to impose administrative fines for violations of the Coastal Act, to be heard later this session. [Source: Planning and Conservation League]   

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles, opinion pieces, and announcements below:
  • USDA and EPA have announced a new grant to improve access to clean water and wastewater infrastructure for U.S. communities along the Mexico border.
  • We have posted a number of articles regarding California's drought. Among them is a piece about Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez's legislation (AB 2104), which would grant residents who are members of an HOA the right to plant drought resistant landscaping. The bill has passed in the Assembly and it's on its way to the state Senate.
  • We have posted a number of articles regarding California's drought. Among them is a piece about Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez's legislation (AB 2104), which would grant residents who are members of an HOA the right to plant drought resistant landscaping. The bill has passed in the Assembly and it's on its way to the state Senate.
  • A deal may be in the works between a developer and the Coastal Commission for a major project in Sand City.
  • The LA City Council has approved a plan to expand trash collection at apartments and businesses.
  • The State Water Board has announced amended regulations for once-through cooling.  
  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified about the agency's FY 2015 budget before a House committee this week. The full text of her testimony is available below.  

Editor's Notes - March 28, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 03/28/14

Great news! A draft program for the 12th annual "Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference" (May 27-29, San Diego, CA) is now available online.   

The event organizers received so many quality abstracts that the conference has been extended one-half day. If you submitted an abstract, but have not heard back from the conference organizers, please send an email message to Program Committee member David Cannon: david.cannon@everestconsultants.com.

 

You may register for the conference and book a hotel reservation (only $115 single/double) online. The conference website also contains information about sponsorships and exhibit spaces, a free 1.5 day training session (Navigating In Rough Seas: Planning And Facilitating Collaborative Meetings), and a student poster competition. We hope to see you in San Diego!

 

Highlights and lowlights (depending on your outlook) from the news items posted below:

 

  • And then there were three. Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joins two of his Dem colleagues (Sens. Calderon and Wright) who have been sidelined (with pay) for scandals that could result in prison terms. Ironically, Lee, who championed stricter gun laws, was caught trying to broker an arms deal with an FBI informant posing as a Muslim extremist. Aside from their legal problems, the "Tres Amigos" have put a serious dent in the short-lived supermajority Democrats had in the Senate, which may be more difficult to revive in upcoming special elections. Can you say "campaign finance reform (especially during the last month of session)?"
  • Speaking of elections, there's a barn burner in LA as two big-name candidates receive endorsements in a primary race for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's seat.    
  • Earlier this week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before key Senate and House committees about EPA's FY 2015 proposed budget. Her testimony can be accessed online in the announcement below.
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Editor's Notes - March 21, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 03/21/14

Highlights (or lowlights) among the articles and op-eds below:

  • The Coastal Commission, the OPC, and the State Coastal Conservancy are granting funds to support local governments in planning for sea-level rise and climate change, and also for developing new LCPs or updating existing LCP.
  •  Congratulations to former Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who this week was voted by her peers to become the Assembly’s next Speaker. Atkins is the first Assembly Speaker from the San Diego region. Atkins is the primary author of AB 976, which would give the Coastal Commission the ability to levy administrative fines for violations of the Coastal Act. The bill is currently being conference.
  • Speaking of the Legislature – Democrats in the Senate have lost their supermajority due to scandals involving two Democratic Senators from the  Los Angeles area. That power shift is already affecting the majority party’s 2014 platform.
  • Arguing that state agencies have not done enough planning to respond to rising sea levels, Assemblyman Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) has introduced AB 2516 that would require state and local agencies responding to the anticipated rise in sea levels to contribute monthly reports to the Planning for Sea Level Rise Database, which would be maintained by the California Natural Resources Agency.
  •   In water news, questions are being  asked about whether fracking caused this week’s earthquake in Los Angeles and whether a desalination project should be built to help Southern California mitigate for drought conditions.  
  • Several years ago, State Parks refused to authorize the city of Encinitas to construct a seawall to protect a failing beach access trail at Beacon’s Beach. With new people in place and a second take, the city may finally gain approval of its plan, but options that don’t include a hard structure are also being studied.

Editor's Notes - March 14, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 03/14/14

Highlights (or lowlights, depending on your outlook or political persuasion) from this week’s WAVE: California’s drought, and efforts to deal with it, continue to dominate state news, but an op-ed posted below wonders whether the drought may actually have created a kumbaya moment for the Golden State.


If you’re a fan of Shamu, you might want to see his/her show ASAP before the Legislature bans the use of Orca whales in entertainment shows. The Legislature is also looking at a bill that would ban gifts to lawmakers. This is great office pool material: which measure will pass first - the Orca ban or the ban on gifts. My money’s on the former.


The state’s Democratic convention wound up last week with a fracas over fracking, with members of his own party giving the governor heartburn over the issue. The Guv also took flack for his support of high speed rail. The GOP holds its shindig this weekend, so stay tuned.


There are articles regarding the Coastal Commission, local government elections and the scramble to figure out what to do with e-cigarettes, along with a number of other articles and announcements we hope you find useful.


Feel free to send us news articles, announcements, job opportunities and coastal photos (we love sunsets).