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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 - September 19, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 09/19/14

The 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is tomorrow, September 20th. Information as to how you can volunteer for a cleanup in your area is available here.       

 

With less than two weeks before the governor must act on bills passed by the Legislature the governor has signed bills that create the state’s first groundwater regulations, provide more tax credits for the film industry, close insurance gaps in the rideshare industry, and prevent homeowners associations from penalizing residents for replacing lawns with low-water plants and imposing fines on residents who reduce or stop watering landscaping after the governor has declared a statewide emergency due to drought (which the governor did on in January). The governor hinted recently that he would authorize the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, but he has yet to sign the bill that would do that - SB 270 (Padilla). We’ll keep everyone posted as the deadline approaches.

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and other information below:

 

  • Congress still working on California water bond
  • More emergency water releases for Klamath salmon
  • Supporters say Salton Sea should be saved
  • What to know about new groundwater law
  • New predictive tool could give advanced warning of wildfires
  • D.A. offers plea deal to Sen. Hueso in DUI case
  • Wright resigns from Senate after conviction for voter fraud
  • No easy solutions for Long Beach breakwaters
  • City Council approves hotel proposed near Pismo Beach Pier
  • Redondo City Council approves Harbor Village Plan
     

TGIF! 

Editor's Notes - September 12, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 09/12/14

The 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is next Saturday, September 20th. Information as to how you can volunteer for a cleanup in your area is available here.  
 

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and information below:

 

  • California hottest and driest in 120 years
  • App could help solve state’s drought
  • Governor signs paid sick leave bill
  • State gas tax could be revised
  • CCC wins appeal of decision which invalidated 20-year limit on seawall permits
  • Big waves caused $20 million in damages
  • San Diego working on climate action plan

 

TGIF!

Editor's Notes - September 5, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 09/05/14

The Legislature wrapped up this year’s business last Saturday night, and although some high-profile bills were passed during the year-end rush (a statewide ban on plastic bags and new groundwater regulations), legislation that would have made it possible for newly elected Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia to hold onto a seat on the California Coastal Commission (AB 1759) failed to pass out of the Senate Rules Committee despite a closing push. Garcia, who was appointed to the commission in May 2013 by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, was elected mayor earlier this year, but his local government seat on the commission is supposed to be filled by a member of a city council or board of supervisors. The seat becomes vacant on Sept. 15, and the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Steinberg, has the authority to appoint a person to fill the vacancy. If Steinberg does not make an appointment, the seat would remain vacant until his successor, Sen. Kevin De Leon, takes over, which could leave the seat open for several months. Fifteen candidates in the South Coast District have already been recommended to replace Garcia on the commission. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recommended 11 city leaders, including two from Manhattan Beach and Malibu for the spot. In Orange County, the Board of Supervisors recommended four people from San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, Seal Beach and Stanton to fill the position. With that many candidates to be vetted, it’s doubtful that Garcia’s successor will be appointed before his seat is vacant.  

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and information below:

·         California may experience “megadrought” by end of the century

·         Salton Sea may benefit from water bond

·         Environmental groups claim big wins in Legislature

·         GOP may benefit from low turnout this November

·         California blue whales recovering

·         Investigation: No cover-up at San Onofre

·         Garcetti proposes increase in minimum wage

TGIF!

Editor's Notes - August 29, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 08/29/14

Legislators have until midnight Sunday to consider dozens of bills, including a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, which is expected to pass in the Senate today, and a bill that would regulate groundwater.

Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and former Assembly Speaker John Perez are both termed out. Pundits have given lawmakers kudos for passing a budget on time and for negotiating a water bond that will be on the November ballot. But the Legislature whiffed on the issue of ethics reform, especially in a year during which the Senate lost its supermajority due to corruption scandals affecting three of its members.


Earlier this year, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, introduced SB 1101, which would have blocked all candidates for statewide office from accepting campaign contributions when lawmakers are negotiating the budget and during the final weeks of the legislative session. The bill passed in the Senate, but died in an Assembly committee.

No one will know how much money was given to lawmakers during this crucial month because campaign finance reports aren’t due until October. Information regarding campaign contributions is even more necessary during election years. If lawmakers aren’t willing to ban campaign contributions while negotiating the state budget and during the final weeks of a legislative session there should at least be a requirement that contributions during those periods be reported on a weekly basis. Maybe next year.  

Editor's Notes - August 22, 2014

by Steve Aceti on 08/22/14

In a rare display of bipartisanship and cooperation among legislators and the governor, last week the governor signed legislation (AB 1471) which replaces the current $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot with a $7.5 billion water bond.    

 

The bond provides for water use efficiency and recycling, groundwater cleanup and management and funding additional water storage. The water bond also includes funds for safe drinking water, watershed restoration, and increased flows in rivers and streams. An outline of the final bond can be found here

 

The Legislature has until the end of the month to consider hundreds of bills, including SB 1168 (regulation of groundwater), SB 270 (a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags), AB 2516 (creation of a sea level rise database) and AB 1169 (ban on plastic micro beads). We'll keep everyone posted on the progress of important bills.

 

Highlights (or lowlights) from the articles and information below:

 

  • Sen. Hueso arrested for DUI
  • Suspended lawmakers to continue receiving pay
  • Martins Beach access bill passes - headed to governor
  • Land conservancy seeks to buy Pismo Preserve
  • City of Encinitas passes plastic bag ban
  • Three cities may nix elections
  • State releases report on sea level rise
     
TGIF!

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