LA Times: Senator Calls for a Ban on Private Meetings with Coastal Commissioners

May 03, 2016

"This bill will level the playing field between big-moneyed interests and those without such financial resources," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. "It will remove the possibility of backroom decision-making or the perception that it's occurring and will help ensure that decisions are made more openly and transparently."

Jackson contends the measure is needed to restore public confidence in the commission after the panel fired Executive Director Charles Lester in February with little public explanation despite overwhelming opposition to his termination.