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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 - March 6, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 03/06/15

JOIN US IN SAN DIEGO! CalCoast has been working with the League of California Cities Coastal Issues Group, USC Sea Grant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, state agencies, consultants and local government on a symposium in San Diego (May 26-28, Bahia Hotel, Mission Bay, San Diego) that will focus on sea level rise (SLR) and climate change in the context of LCPs, General Plan Updates, grants, implementation, storm water permits, and other related issues. The purpose of the conference is to help local governments and consultants by clarifying what's required to plan for SLR and climate change in the face of changing guidances, and conflicting studies. Attendees will also hear the latest on grants. We'll also discuss which guidances to follow, how to prepare LCPs, EIRs, LCP updates, General Plan updates, storm water permit applications, etc. that incorporate SLR and climate change. We will also discuss existing regulations and guidances, as well as proposed regulations and guidances (state and federal).

THE PROGRAM The symposium/workshop will be at the Bahia Hotel on Mission Bay, San Diego, California. We negotiated an awesome rate for the hotel rooms and meeting space and it only took us two weeks to fill out the program with great speakers. Tuesday (26th), the luncheon keynote speaker will be Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer at the State Coastal Conservancy and we have been working with staff for Mary Nichols, chair of the ARB, on Wednesday's luncheon keynote address. We are putting gthe final touches to a website for hotel and conference registrations. We'll let everyone know when the website is active.

SPONORS and EXHIBITORS We are seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the conference. For more information, Call Steve Aceti, executive director of the California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast), at (760) 612-3564 or send an email message to steveaceti@calcoast.org.

See you in San Diego - you'll be glad you attended this symposium!

Editor's Notes - February 20, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 02/20/15

Yesterday, this writer had the privilege of attending "Water 2015," an excellent conference that was organized by Capitol Weekly and UC Center, University of California.

Water 2015 featured a number of "in-the-know" panelists, such as Sen. Wolk, Assy. Perea, Cindy Tuck, Joe Caves, Doug Obegi, and Joe Burn. The topics? Current information regarding the $7.5 B bond measure approved in last November's election, funding (of course) for water projects, the drought, the Delta, storage and supply, conservation and the groundwater management bill (Pavley) the guv signed into law last fall. Attendees were told to expect a slow roll-out of Prop 1 and the groundwater management law will require regulations and clean-up legislation, both of which are still being written. Public comment will be part of this process. In addition, Prop 1 doesn't become viable until December 2016 and funding in the out years of Prop 1 will be doled out slowly.

Fun Facts from Water 2015: CA has lost so much groundwater (11 MG) that it has changed the earth's orbit. Desalination is a part of the answer to increasingly severe droughts. More than 1M gallons of stormwater flows into the SF Bay each year, but the good news is that there is $1B in the bond for water recycling - but not much for storage or water conservation. In addition to Prop 1 and Prop E, funds for water projects are in the proposed budget. We'll keep everyone posted as Prop 1 is rolled out and we thank the Water 2015 organizers for an excellent, informative conference.

SAVE THE DATE! CalCoast is working with universities, state agencies and local government to organize a conference in San Diego May 26-28 that will focus on sea level rise (SLR), LCPs, climate change, grants, implementation and other issues related to SLR, LCPs and climate change. The purpose of the conference is to help local governments prepare for SLR and climate change, which guidances to follow, how to prepare LCPs or LCP updates that deal with SLR and climate change, and other assistance, including available grants. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES! 

Editor's Notes - February 13, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 02/13/15

SAVE THE DATE! CalCoast is working with universities, state agencies and local government to organize a conference in San Diego May 26-28 that will focus on sea level rise (SLR), LCPs, climate change, grants, implementation and other issues related to SLR, LCPs and climate change. The purpose of the conference is to help local governments prepare for SLR and climate change, which guidances to follow, how to prepare LCPs or LCP updates that deal with SLR and climate change, and other assistance, including available grants. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES! Don't miss the article below about what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had to say about California issues during a trip to Los Angeles earlier this week. McCarthy supports the opening of the Monterey Shale deposit for oil, he spoke about the state's drought and his opposition to high speed rail. The same day McCarthy was in LA, Gov. Brown announced a $50 million federal drought response program for the western states, with the lion's share headed for California. Also see below, in a series of reports called Financing the Future: How will California pay for tomorrow?, In Financing the Future's first chapter, What about Prop 30?, released earlier this week, CA Fwd explores how one existing source of revenue-Proposition 30's temporary taxes, approved by voters in 2012 is likely to perform in the years to come. While roughly $8 billion of the state General Fund every year is now attributable to the measure's quarter-cent sales tax increase and income tax hikes on wealthy Californians, these taxes will begin expiring in 2016. As the article states, a political battle is already brewing over whether to extend them. TGIF and Happy Valentine's Day! Don't miss the article below about what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had to say about California issues during a trip to Los Angeles earlier this week. McCarthy supports the opening of the Monterey Shale deposit for oil, he spoke about the state's drought and his opposition to high speed rail. The same day McCarthy was in LA, Gov. Brown announced a $50 million federal drought response program for the western states, with the lion's share headed for California. Also see below, in a series of reports called Financing the Future: How will California pay for tomorrow?, In Financing the Future's first chapter, What about Prop 30?, released earlier this week, CA Fwd explores how one existing source of revenue-Proposition 30's temporary taxes, approved by voters in 2012 is likely to perform in the years to come. While roughly $8 billion of the state General Fund every year is now attributable to the measure's quarter-cent sales tax increase and income tax hikes on wealthy Californians, these taxes will begin expiring in 2016. As the article states, a political battle is already brewing over whether to extend them. TGIF and Happy Valentine's Day!

Editor's Notes - January 30, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 01/30/15

The state Department of Parks and Recreation and the Natural Resources Agency deserve a lot of credit for trying to right the ship since the tumultuous events in July, 2012 when it was discovered that senior staff at State Parks had grossly under-reported revenues to the State Controller while the FY 11-FY 12 budget was in the works and the state was trying to figure out how to operate in a deficit.The total amount of "secret funds" stashed away? Roughly $20 million.  

 

Additionally, in 2011 State Parks implemented an unauthorized vacation buy-back program allowing employees to "cash in" their accrued vacation hours. Timing is never right for corruption and incompetence, but the unreported funds were found at a time when, because of the state deficit, 70 state parks were slated for closure and, like many other state departments, furloughs were in effect.  

 

A 2012 audit that was conducted after the debacle was discovered is available online. Today, a panel created by the Legislature to review State Parks will report that State Parks is "underfunded and mired in outdated bureaucracy." The report, to be released by the Parks Forward Commissionincludes a number of recommendations, including the creation of a new non-profit organization to raise funds for State Parks. The report's recommendations are available online.

 

SAVE THE DATE! CalCoast is working with universities, state agencies and local government to organize a conference in San Diego on May 26-28 (tentative) that will focus on sea level rise (SLR), LCPs, grants, implementation and other issues related to SLR and LCPs. The purpose of the conference is to help local government prepare for SLR, which guidances to follow, how to prepare LCPs or LCP updates that deal with SLR, and other assistance, including available grants. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES!

 

TGIF! 

Editor's Notes - January 23, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 01/23/15

Clean Water Proposal in Congress

EPA is currently considering a rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways here in California and across the country. There is a pitched battle on both sides of the proposal. A rare joint hearing of Congressional committees to review the rule has been scheduled for Wednesday February 4th.  The clean water rule has faced tough opposition from Senator Inhofe, the Chairman of the Senate's key environmental committee.  

If you support this rule, you should call key members of Congress on this issue:

Senator Boxer (202) 224-3553
Senator Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Representative Huffman (202) 225-5161
Representative Hunter (202) 225-5672
Representative Napolitano (202) 225-5256
Representative Denham (202) 225-4540
Representative Garamendi (202) 225-1880
Representative Hahn (202) 225-8220
Representative Walters (202) 225-5611

 

TGIF!

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