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The State : McCarthy Assails Hodel

June 18, 1987

Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy blasted Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel's plan to decertify the California Coastal Commission and called on Gov. George Deukmejian to intervene. Responding to a memo Hodel sent to Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, saying the commission had usurped federal authority and suggesting that the agency is having a negative impact on "development of energy resources" and "individual freedom and property rights," McCarthy held a news conference in San Francisco in which he suggested that Hodel has exceeded his authority--and the bounds of ethical criticism. "Hodel," he said, "has gone too far in characterizing the California Coastal Commission as un-American. . . . I think he should definitely resign."

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