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October 12, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
On the surface, Malibu Lagoon would seem a shining example of a restored wetland, a rarity along Southern California's built-up coastline. In an estuary that was once filled with dirt to create baseball diamonds, snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons now hunt for fish along the grass-covered banks of tidal channels, while sparrows and red-winged blackbirds perch on tule reeds swaying gently in the sea breeze. But beneath all that are stagnant, polluted waterways with steep banks so poorly constructed when the lagoon was restored that state parks officials say they must be drained, dredged and rebuilt to meet even basic water quality standards.
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March 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Citing the danger to whales and other sea life, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Friday to reject the Navy's plan for increased use of sonar and underwater explosives for training off Southern California. The vote will not immediately curtail any training, but will set the stage for additional negotiations between the Navy and the commission about how to safeguard marine mammals while permitting military operations in an area of 120,000-plus nautical square miles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1986
I find it unconscionable that The Times would do as biased an editorial as it did on April 18 without doing the proper inquiry as to the validity of said editorial, which concerned location of Coastal Commission meetings. The California Coastal Commission is made up of 12 bipartisan members who spend between four and eight days a month (May is four straight days in San Diego and three straight days in Los Angeles) plus untold hours in preparation to cover the voluminous paper work to help preserve the 1,100 miles of California Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
Plans to build a 71-foot faux lighthouse overlooking Newport Bay are coming up short with state coastal officials who believe the structure would be too tall and overshadow the charm of the surrounding waterfront community. The tower, which would not actually function as a lighthouse, is seen by city officials as the visual centerpiece for new community buildings and a public marina on a piece of city-owned land that is presently home to an aging mobile home park. The plan for the fake lighthouse comes before state coastal commissioners on Wednesday, but the panel's staff has recommended that it be rejected unless it is scaled back to 55 feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The California Coastal Commission is taking aim at beach curfews established by cities up and down the coast, saying they are illegal without state approval and that people have a right to be on the sand whenever they want. The first major battle is brewing in Los Angeles, where the coastal agency has told the city that its longstanding midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew barring the public from beaches, piers and oceanfront parks from Will Rogers State Beach to Cabrillo Beach violates the state Coastal Act and must be relaxed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998
Although a spokesman for Pete Wilson denied that the governor's last-minute appointment of Mike Ryan to the California Coastal Commission is "a finger in [the] eye" of the panel, the selection seems to be exactly that. Ryan, a San Luis Obispo County supervisor, took his seat this week as one of Wilson's four appointees to the 12-member coastal board. Ryan's antipathy to the panel's aims is well known.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday nominated three local elected officials as candidates for regional representative on the California Coastal Commission. The Board of Supervisors nominated Ventura Councilwoman Rosa Lee Measures, Port Hueneme Mayor Toni Young and Moorpark Mayor Paul Lawrason. The names will be submitted to Gov. Pete Wilson, who is seeking to fill a vacancy left by former Port Hueneme Councilman Dorill Wright, a 16-year veteran of the commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1996
Your July 8 editorial ("The Political Game Is On, and Coastline Is the Loser") marks the third time within a week that The Times has inserted Southern California Edison into the mix of controversial issues surrounding the alleged effort to oust Peter Douglas as executive director of the California Coastal Commission. The reference to "political games" and its implications disturb us. Thus, we would like to clarify the record on two points. First, and foremost, Edison has no position on Coastal Commission staffing issues, and we have not in any way supported any effort to dismiss Douglas from his current post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Citing the danger to whales and other sea life, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Friday to reject the Navy's plan for increased use of sonar and underwater explosives for training off Southern California. The vote will not immediately curtail any training, but will set the stage for additional negotiations between the Navy and the commission about how to safeguard marine mammals while permitting military operations in an area of 120,000-plus nautical square miles.
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May 13, 1989 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Environmental Writer
Declaring that budget cuts by Gov. George Deukmejian have seriously limited the effectiveness of the California Coastal Commission, a state Senate citizen advisory panel called Friday for a major overhaul of the commission along with tough new conflict-of-interest prohibitions. The current 12-member, part-time coastal commission should be reduced in size to nine full-time members who serve fixed four-year terms, the panel said in a report. It also urged that coastal commissioners be prohibited from raising political campaign funds from individuals with business before the commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A truce has been forged in the decades-long fight over the forested land surrounding the world-famous Pebble Beach resort. The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday approved a plan by actor Clint Eastwood, golfer Arnold Palmer, former baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and other Pebble Beach Co. owners that is billed as the last development ever at the gated complex of golf courses, mansions and hotels on the Monterey Peninsula. The decision largely puts to rest a contentious environmental battle over the company's plans to expand into its prime real estate holdings in the forest above the craggy bluffs and crashing surf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
U2 guitarist the Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and three other Malibu property owners filed separate lawsuits Friday seeking to set aside the California Coastal Commission's denial of their applications to build ridge-top homes above Malibu. The plaintiffs, who own four adjacent parcels of land zoned for residential development in the unincorporated Sweetwater Mesa area, allege that the coastal panel's June 16 denial represented an unconstitutional taking of property without just compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The California Coastal Commission is taking aim at beach curfews established by cities up and down the coast, saying they are illegal without state approval and that people have a right to be on the sand whenever they want. The first major battle is brewing in Los Angeles, where the coastal agency has told the city that its longstanding midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew barring the public from beaches, piers and oceanfront parks from Will Rogers State Beach to Cabrillo Beach violates the state Coastal Act and must be relaxed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
On the surface, Malibu Lagoon would seem a shining example of a restored wetland, a rarity along Southern California's built-up coastline. In an estuary that was once filled with dirt to create baseball diamonds, snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons now hunt for fish along the grass-covered banks of tidal channels, while sparrows and red-winged blackbirds perch on tule reeds swaying gently in the sea breeze. But beneath all that are stagnant, polluted waterways with steep banks so poorly constructed when the lagoon was restored that state parks officials say they must be drained, dredged and rebuilt to meet even basic water quality standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A California Coastal Commission member already under investigation for a potential conflict of interest on a controversial project was put in an awkward position this week with the release of e-mails detailing a prominent lobbyist's attempts to secure his vote. E-mails between a hired lobbyist, developers and officials at the Port of San Diego reveal efforts to convince Commissioner Patrick Kruer to vote in favor of the multimillion-dollar project to revamp the downtown San Diego waterfront, a proposal ultimately defeated by the divided panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
For the second year in a row, the California Coastal Commission has denied a request for overnight parking restrictions by Venice residents who have complained about people living in campers and cars on the streets. The panel's 6-3 vote Thursday also quashed a proposed settlement that the city of Los Angeles had hoped would resolve the divisive issue over how to deal with recreational vehicle dwellers, who some Venice residents contend bring noise, public inebriation, crime and litter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
U2 guitarist the Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and three other Malibu property owners filed separate lawsuits Friday seeking to set aside the California Coastal Commission's denial of their applications to build ridge-top homes above Malibu. The plaintiffs, who own four adjacent parcels of land zoned for residential development in the unincorporated Sweetwater Mesa area, allege that the coastal panel's June 16 denial represented an unconstitutional taking of property without just compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL
California coastal commissioners will hold a four-day meeting in Ventura this week to consider a variety of development and planning issues. The commission will spend this afternoon on a helicopter tour of oil platform Gail near Anacapa Island, and will hold meetings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 450 E. Harbor Blvd. On Tuesday afternoon, commissioners will travel to Ventura Harbor to visit the proposed housing development site. Commissioners will then board a bus to tour environmentally sensitive lagoons at Oxnard's Ormond Beach, and later visit public access areas at Point Dume State Preserve in Malibu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2009 | By Tony Barboza
Kelly and Jake Thomason, 30-year-old scuba divers from Laguna Niguel who often descend long stairways for forays into Laguna Beach's waters, took the 89 steps from Victoria Drive down to a secluded beach surrounded by picturesque bluffs and homes to be photographed with their Pomeranian for a Christmas card. "Without this we would die," Kelly said as the couple made their way toward the sand, a photographer close behind. Narrow stairways and walkways such as those at Victoria Beach are often the only way for the public to get from the road, between houses and hotels and down to the beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2009 | Martha Groves
The city of Malibu has sued the California Coastal Commission, seeking to force the agency to rescind its approval of a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy plan to allow camping at three canyon parks. The city had proposed an amendment to its local coastal program that would have banned overnight camping, but the commission rejected that idea in favor of the conservancy's proposal. Many Malibu residents say the conservancy's plan -- aimed at increasing public access to Ramirez, Escondido and Corral canyon parks, in part by promoting overnight camping -- would increase the risk of wildfires.
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