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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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City's Approval of Banning Ranch Upheld by Appeals Court

by Steve Aceti on 05/22/15

City of Newport Beach | Posted Date: 5/20/2015 5:30 PM

The California Court of Appeals has upheld the City of Newport
Beach’s (City’s) approval of the development of Banning Ranch and rejected
the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s (Conservancy’s) legal challenge to the
Banning Ranch development project in its entirety.

This is the second time the courts have rejected the Conservancy’s
claims about the City’s actions. In 2013, the Orange County Superior Court
rejected the Conservancy’s claim that the City did not comply with the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it approved the Banning
Ranch project. In fact, the Superior Court found nothing wrong with the
environmental impact report (EIR), wetlands surveys, and other biological
analyses completed on the Banning Ranch property.

On May 20, 2015, the California Court of Appeal reaffirmed this
decision and also ruled that the City complied with its General Plan when it
approved the project.

“We are pleased that the Court of Appeal rejected the Conservancy’s
claims and ratified the City’s processing of this complex and controversial
project,” said Newport Beach Mayor Edward Selich. “It is a project that
deserves consideration at the Coastal Commission given its balanced approach
to restoration, open space, and development. Following our approval in 2012,
we are glad that the site is one step closer to remediation and
redevelopment.”

Philip Bettencourt
Real Estate Development Planning
14 Corporate Plaza, S. 120
Newport Beach, Ca 92660
949-720-0970
Philip@bettencourtplans.com

Editor's Notes - May 22, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 05/21/15

Everyone in the coastal world - electeds, staff, consultants and NGOs - are shocked by the recent oil spill in Santa Barbara. We have posted a number of articles about the spill below. A statement issued by the Western States Petroleum Association about the spill is available here.

 

Information on the response is available at the following websites:

 

We hope everyone has a safe, happy Memorial Day weekend, and our thoughts go out to those of you who have been affected by the Santa Barbara oil spill.  

Editor's Notes - May 8, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 05/07/15

After four years of extreme drought with no relief in sight, it would appear that desalination is the only solution for many communities. Yesterday, the State Water Board promulgated regulations to address environmental  concerns about desal plants, but as the governor pointed out last week with his mandatory water cutbacks, coupled with the cutbacks the State Water Board imposed this week, water districts and residents have not done enough to fight the drought through conservation, capturing rainwater and using recycled water. Cities and local water officials have balked at the governor’s plan, but If voluntary cutbacks aren’t going to work (and they don’t seem to be a viable option), Californians will need to embrace desalination as a viable solution to the state’s crippling drought - which, by the way - is wreaking havoc on the state’s agricultural industry and killing millions of trees in the National Forest (articles below on all of this).  

Articles related to sea level rise and climate change

by Steve Aceti on 05/04/15

April 30, 2015

Climate change risk to 'one in six species'

One in six species on the planet could face extinction if nothing is done to tackle climate change, analysis suggests.


Editor's Notes - May 1, 2015

by Steve Aceti on 05/01/15

Coastal Symposium 15 is being held at an auspicious time considering that, under a plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a goal that steps up the state's previously established target. The governor's executive order is more stringent than a federal goal that also aims to curb global warming, but it gives the state more time to achieve it. The governor set a target of reducing emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels over the next 15 years and called it the most aggressive benchmark enacted by a government in North America.

 

The governor said Wednesday that climate change would factor into government planning, and he ordered state agencies and departments to implement measures to reduce emissions. He also called for the state to identify how climate change will affect infrastructure and industry and what actions California can take to reduce the risks of climate change. We will discuss the governor's executive order at Coastal Symposium 15, among other presentations that dove tail with the executive order. 

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