Legislators Send Letter to the Governor Urging Support for Coastal Commission Executive Director

February 03, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sixteen legislators have signed and sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, expressing their support for Dr. Charles Lester, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, and underscoring the continued importance of protecting California’s coast with an independent Coastal Commission.

The letter states, “California’s coast is as vulnerable as it is valuable. Threats, including pollution, coastal development, industrialization, and oil spills impact our coastal resources daily. The consequences of climate change are increasing including ocean acidification, sea level rise, more powerful storms, and more frequent flooding. Given the seriousness of these challenges facing our coast, California’s ocean and coastal agencies and political leadership must redouble efforts to work together to achieve the goals and vision articulated in the Coastal Zone Conservation Act of 1972, passed by a strong majority of the public will.”

Citing the significant progress made under Lester’s leadership, they urge the Governor to “weigh in with support to maintain the independence of the California Coastal Program staff and retain Dr. Charles Lester as its respected and trusted leader. “

Those who have signed the letter are: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), and Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego).

A full copy of the letter is available here.