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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 - August 26, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 08/26/16

1. Pay Model for the WAVE Begins Next Month

CalCoast was founded in 1997. By the end of 1998, we had roughly the same number of members we currently have. One of the most popular things we have done is to publish the WAVE. However, the cost of scouring the state's newspapers and other sources of information on a daily basis, drafting the newsletter, laying it out publishing it and and posting it online has risen over the years, so we will need to adopt a paid subscription model to help underwrite the expenses of creating and circulating the WAVE. We can no longer offer the WAVE as a free publication. (Our local government members are already struggling, so an increase in dues to help underwrite the cost of this newsletter is not a viable option.)

The WAVE will be available to all current subscribers until sometime in September. At that time, we will be charging $9.95 per month, but we will have a new, improved newsletter, including important information from each month's Coastal Commission meeting. We hope you'll stay with us and we are confident that you will benefit greatly from continuing to read this newsletter. 

2. Update re Coastal Commission Legislation 

Last week, we told our subscribers that AB 2002 (Stone) was sent to the Senate Rules Committee where it would probably die and it looks like that will be the case. AB 2002 would have required applicants and their consultants to register as lobbyists and it would have prevented ex Parte communications with coastal commissioners within 24 hours of a hearing.

Now the focus is on SB 1190 (Jackson), which has taken some significant amendments and currently sits in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. I'm hearing the bill yesterday was postponed. Next weekend is the last week of this legislative session and it is anticipated that SB 1190 will be heard Monday or Tuesday next week. Amendments have been taken that create a significant physical impact, so if the bill eventually passes, there's a good chance that Governor will veto it. Basically, the amendment required the commission to develop a fairly expensive phone and Internet access system for the public. For information about the new amendments and the status of the bill, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov and enter the bill number in the search window. Or, contact Jennifer Galehouse, who wrote the most recent (August 24) staff analysis for the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

TGIF!
 

Editor's Notes - July 29, 2016

by Steve Aceti on 07/29/16

CalCoast Embarks on New Web-Based Project
 
We’re really excited about a new project we’re embarking on, which will involve a new e-newsletter (we’ll still publish this one) and a new website. Each e-newsletter and website will have their own focus, but we’ll still continue to post the latest articles, announcements, jobs and events. We plan to roll out our new project by September 1st, and we’ll keep everyone updated on the new project’s status.
 
Legislators Return to Sacramento Next Week
 
The Legislature has been on vacation and so has this writer (and yes, Sheldon, that‘s the right way to say that). But all good things must come to a close, so legislators will return to Sacramento next week and they have roughly four weeks to deal with more than 1,200 bills. We will keep everyone posted on news from the Capitol as the Legislature enters it’s crazy month.  
 
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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
 
This edition of the WAVE was produced by Melissa and I want to thank her for all the work she did this week. If you like this week's WAVE, please send Melissa a quick note of thanks.
 
TGIF!

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
 

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