Posts Tagged ‘California Coastal Commission’

Stop Erosion of Property Rights


Monday July 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Coastal Commission has shut down the last beach-sand mine in the United States, operated by the Mexico-based Cemex company. Coastal Commission boss Jack Ainsworth told reporters, “This settlement is an incredible victory for the public.” Taxpayers might not think so. The Commission blamed Cemex for erosion along Monterey Bay. Company official Walker Robinson...
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Government Takeover Will Not Solve California’s Housing Crisis


Monday May 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

As anybody looking for a house or apartment can easily verify, California is in the throes of a housing crisis. In Oroville, for example, many low-income residents live in 1960s-vintage housing built for dam construction workers. Across the state, home ownership rates are the lowest since the 1940s and according to California’s Housing Future:...
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Bay Area Transit Bosses Plan Rough Ride for Taxpayers


Monday March 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:52pm PST   •   0 Comments

Residents and visitors alike know that getting around the Bay Area is not exactly a walk in the park. A $2.4 billion Transbay Transit Center is slated to open in December, but as San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross note, this highly touted “Grand Central Station of the West,” will wind up...
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The Coastal Commission’s High Tide of Waste


Tuesday January 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PST   •   0 Comments

“We are not now in deficit, we were never in deficit and we won’t be in deficit at the end of the year.” That was Susan Hansch, chief deputy director of the California Coastal Commission last August, explaining that the CCC had received almost enough money to repay $1.45 million from the state Department of Finance. According...
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The Problem with Mo’ Bigger Government


Monday August 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:31am PDT   •   2 Comments

The Sacramento Bee is disturbed that the Assembly has derailed SB 1190, which would ban lobbying of California Coastal Commission members. Lobbyists had set up meetings between commissioners and David “The Edge” Evans, a guitarist with U2, who sought to build a house in Malibu, and members of the Newport Banning Ranch Project in...
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A Lesson in Waste-Watching


Tuesday March 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:06am PST   •   0 Comments

Government waste abounds in California but is not always easy to spot. Veteran observer Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee suggests a hard look at “overlapping and utterly confusing governmental entities that cloud accountability.” His first example is the California Coastal Commission, by some accounts the most powerful land-use body in the nation, and...
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Double Standards on Firing Government Bosses


Tuesday February 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:21am PST   •   0 Comments

On February 10 in Morro Bay, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) fired its executive director Charles Lester. For any government body to fire the boss is exceedingly rare, and this case should prove educational for all Californians. For one thing, what Lester had done wrong remained unclear. On his watch, no major environmental disaster...
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Fire the Coastal Commission, Not Just the Boss


Monday January 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:24am PST   •   1 Comment

As Tony Barboza notes in the Los Angeles Times, the California Coastal Commission is “the most powerful land-use agency in the nation” and some of the 12 commissioners want to fire the boss, Charles Lester. This action should serve as a timely reminder for Californians of the abuse they face at the hands of...
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Bad Government Makes Waves


Monday December 7th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PST   •   0 Comments

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is an unelected body of regulatory zealots that overrides the elected governments of coastal counties and cities on issues of land use and property rights. As we recently noted, the powerful CCC is moving into animal management, trying to leverage SeaWorld into killing off its orca shows. Now the...
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Coastal Commission Power Surge


Wednesday November 11th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PST   •   4 Comments

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is an unelected body that overrides the elected governments of coastal counties and cities on issues of land use and property rights. As we recently noted, the powerful CCC is moving into animal management, trying to leverage SeaWorld into killing off its orca shows. As Dan Walters of the...
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