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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 - July 15, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 07/15/16

Guns (out of) Control
Our thoughts and prayers to the victims and family/friends of victims of last night’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.
Last week, we stepped outside our normal topics and urged the passage of meaningful gun control measures and we received a lot of feedback - all from anonymous bloggers - who berated us for having the temerity to suggest that if you can’t fly, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun of any kind. We also supported better background checks and a ban on all military-style weapons. Dear anonymous bloggers: our blog is monitored, so the curses, tirades and threats we received this week didn’t see the light of day. It’s amazing how riled up some gun owners in the U.S. get when the subject of gun control is discussed. There is no valid reason the three gun control measures we support shouldn’t be passed into law.
The numbers alone should be enough to get the NRA to back off and get in line with about 90% of the country. To see the data for mass killings in the U.S. from 2014 through 2016 (to date), log onto the “Gun Violence Archive “Gun Violence Archive” = http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/. The numbers of dead and injured are staggering, as are the numbers of incidents. Are we really the most advanced country in the world? The numbers say not so much.

Editor's Notes - July 8, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 07/08/16

California Takes Lead in Passing Reasonable Gun Control Measures - What Will it Take for Congress to Act?
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the men killed this week in officer-involved shootings and to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officers killed in Dallas last night. It doesn’t matter which political party someone belongs to, there are no credible arguments against reasonable gun control measures, such as more comprehensive background checks, no fly no buy and a ban on selling the AR-15 and other military assault weapons. None of these reforms would weaken the 2nd Amendment, so when will Congress get its act together, stand up to the NRA, and pass meaningful gun control measures?
Last Friday, the governor signed six gun-control bills into law, including a requirement that ammunition purchasers undergo background checks and a ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with bullet buttons allowing the ammunition magazines to be easily detached and replaced. The governor’s action came one day after the Legislature approved 12 gun-control bills. For more information, see the Los Angeles Times article below.
Highlights from the articles and information below:
  • Coastal Commission still waiting on Palos Verdes Estates to make Lunada Bay more welcoming
  • Where 'remodel' means 'rebuild'
  • Hermosa Beach facing lawsuit over short-term rental law
  • Assemblyman's supporters flee in droves after judge issues domestic violence restraining order
  • Op-Ed: Reboot, rather than fix California's outdated recycling law 
  • California has 6th largest economy in world
  • Gov. Brown signs bulk of sweeping California gun control package into law
  • Planning Commission approves expansion for Lido House Hotel
  • Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick fired
  • How much did your community conserve during California's year of water cuts?
  • California drought persists, conservation still 'top priority'
  • Long Beach to study health of trees, create maintenance plan for urban forest 
  • House passes bill to save Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta salmon
  • Carlsbad releases sea-level rise assessment
  • 'Unprecedented': Trash from China swamps Hong Kong beaches
  • 3 Southern California beaches get funding to fix sewer lines
  • Delays causing concern over sand dredging efforts 
  • Ron Littlepage: Spending billions on dredging is a waste
  • Palm Beach reef on track to protect multi-million dollar properties on Gold Coast
  • Army Corps grants $13 million contract for shore restoration

Editor's Notes - July 1, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 07/01/16

TGIF and Happy Fourth of July!
Status of Coastal Commission Ex Parte Communication and Lobbyist Bills
The governor signed the $171-billion state budget this week and the Legislature will recess today until the first week of August when roughly 1200 bills will need to be considered. Today is the deadline for all bills to make it through policy committees in both houses. Two bills that met the deadline deal with the way the Coastal Commission interfaces with applicants and their consultants:
SB 1190:
(Jackson): Passed in Assembly Natural Resources last Monday (CalCoast testified in opposition on the grounds that existing laws on reporting ex parte communications, if more aggressively enforced, are sufficient to create transparency and restore public trust without a redundant law). Next Hearing: Assembly Appropriations Committee
AB 2002: (Stone) Passed in Assembly Natural Resources last Tuesday (CalCoast testified in opposition to provisions that would require applicant’s consultants to register with the FPPC as lobbyists as impractical and unnecessary to improve transparency and public confidence. Current law requires applicants to file a form and notify the CCC who will be working on their behalf. Another problem - applicants would be required to register with the FPPC as lobbyist employers. Also, AB 2002 has a provision that would ban ex parte communications with coastal commissioners within 24 hours of a hearing. Existing law requires that commissioners report ex parte communications orally at a commission meeting if the communication was held within seven days of a hearing. CCC staff and the public complain that the oral disclosures are insufficient, but if existing current laws on reporting were more aggressively enforced, and if oral reports were followed-up by written reports that are posted online, that would improve transparency and restore public trust without new legislation. Next Hearing: Senate Appropriations Committee

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:
  • Should 'ex parte' discussions with high officials be restricted?
  • Why the house sit-in was a victory for California democrats
  • Assembly resolution asks Gov. Jerry Brown for a homeless state of emergency
  • Internet poker, fantasy sports gambling coming to California?
  • It's decision time on gun control in California
  • California marijuana legalization measure on November ballot
  • Banning Ranch developer seeks expansion
  • California land officials sign off on closing nuclear plant 
  • Proposed resort on Monterey Coast could threaten endangered species' habitat
  • California Coastal Commission may tell Del Mar to lower parking meter rates
  • Coastal Commission orders Capitola Privates Beach to become public
  • Judge's ruling could delay California's water tunnel project
  • California has a lot more water than some think, new Stanford study suggests  
  • California sitting on the solution to its drought?
  • L.A. County extends ban on medical marijuana cultivation, distribution in unincorporated areas
  • San Francisco media plan week of coverage on homeless crisis

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

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.

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