J. Jamison (Jerry) Moore, controversial state environmental commissioner during the administration of Gov. Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 62.
Moore died of cancer Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his family announced Tuesday.
A Beverly Hills management consultant, Moore was appointed by Reagan to two state commissions charged with overseeing development of a coastal management program--the California Advisory Commission on Marine and Coastal Resources in 1967, and the Navigation and Ocean Development Commission in 1969.
But he came under disfavor and conflict of interest accusations in 1971, when he became a paid consultant to developers who were fighting coastal conservation. Reagan fired him from the advisory commission, whose members serve at the governor's pleasure, and asked him to resign from the development commission.
Insisting that he had done nothing wrong, Moore refused to resign and vowed to complete his four-year term.
He left office in 1973, a few months before his term ended, citing an increasing professional workload.
In Southern California, Moore was known for the concept of "mass transport" outlined in the 1950s for the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Moore said mass rapid transit of people could pay for itself if it were tied to mass transport of cargo. His plan, which was never developed, would have moved people by day and freight by night over the same rail network.