Late Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to remove its executive director, Charles Lester, after a long day of public testimony and social media rallying.
Toni Atkins, the speaker of the Assembly, seemed shocked as the decision became more and more obvious: “Let me apologize to the public. I truly thought my appointees would be better stewards of the coast,” she wrote.
The push to oust Lester was widely seen as driven by those frustrated by red tape hampering construction along the coast. But they were not open about their reasoning.
San Diego’s Olga Diaz was there as an alternative to County Supervisor Greg Cox, who couldn’t go. Diaz voted to remove Lester and that turned out to be decisive. She told KPBS she was able to “fill in some gaps” about his performance. Here is the vote breakdown. Capitol Public Radio says it is a win for developers.
Speaking of Coastal Development: Granny Flats Fail to Take Hold
The North County city of Encinitas needs to ramp up low-cost housing because the state says so. But many residents can’t stand the idea of squeezing more homes into their neighborhoods. So Encinitas voters decided to embrace “granny flats,” little homes that share property with a main home.
So how’s that worked out? VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan took a look and found that the program’s been anything but a success. A year later, the city’s only added six low-cost units.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
I think the word you were looking for is alternate.
Think of it as an alternative word to use when you really want to say she was a stand in for the regular guy.
You have to wonder whether the Sea World ruling by the commission played a part. I have seldom seen a more classic case of overreach than granting permission to enlarge Orca housing on the condition Sea World stop breeding the beasts, and of course Sea World is taking them to court and should prevail quickly.
From Max Weber to C. Northcote Parkinson, observers of bureaucratic behavior, particularly of those organizations granted quasi-executive or judicial power contend that all do the same thing eventually. They always grow but they also gradually accrete powers never intended by the legislators or citizens groups who created them,
Another classic Coastal Commission activity is to review routine single family tear-downs and re-builds in beach communities already controlled by city planning ordinances and local planning boards, on the pretext that they are preserving “access”.
Classic "busy work" but it’s sure good for continued budget growth.