A wine bar seeking a liquor license hopes to move in next door to a chiropractor in Moss Beach. The wine bar is in a space previously occupied by a massage parlor that the vice squad busted for prostitution and put out of business.
Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) urges you to take action now to defend the independence of the California Coastal Commission (CCC). Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester is under fire by pro-development commissioners appointed by Governor Brown. The commissioners decided to consider firing Lester in closed session at their December meeting. As provided in the Coastal Act, Dr. Lester has asked for a public hearing February 10 in Morro Bay. Environmental and social justice organizations up and down the state are organizing efforts to defeat this ill-advised and unwarranted action. PH1A has signed on to a letter of support for Dr. Lester that many other local organizations have signed. The more people CCC and Governor Brown hear from, the better. We need a Coastal Commission free from the influence of developers who want to widen Highway 1 and change the nature of our scenic coast.
Email the governor, the commissioners, and your state representatives. See below for their email addresses or websites for contact info. Also see below for talking points you can use in your email. It's fine to be brief and just make your main point: Oppose the firing of Dr. Charles Lester. And please attend the February 10 CCC meeting in Morro Bay.
1. Governor Brown: email@example.com 2. CCC: StatusOfExecutiveDirector@coastal.ca.gov 3. State Senator Jerry Hill: Contact Form 4. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin: Contact Form 5. Assemblymember Rich Gordon: Contact Form 6. CCC Central Coast rep Carol Groom: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The attack on Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act. This power grab is an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Local Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff, and make CCC more “developer-friendly” without any public accountability or transparency.
*Pro-development commissioners appointed by the governor appear to be leading the effort to fire Dr. Lester.
*No cause has been given for such a drastic action, and the effort was launched secretly in a closed-door meeting.
Rosemary Allen, Color Series 2, 2015, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”
Color is an exhibit of richly pigmented abstract paintings by Rosemary Allen, curated by Danna Hall. The artist will talk about her work on Sunday, February 21 at 4 p.m. Also at Sanchez is Seeing Red, a group exhibit by the Art Guild of Pacifica, and Fog Fest Invitational, photographs by award winners and judges from the 2015 Fog Fest Photo Contest. All three exhibits run through February 21. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment during exhibits. Information: 650-355-1894
2016 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair. Saturday, February 6. San Mateo County Event Center, Fiesta Hall. $12 entrance fee. Biennial event, largest independent book & paper fair in North America. Exhibitors from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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The city is too broke to fix all the problems of storm damage, erosion, shoddy engineering and construction, etc. The landlord is broke, his apartment buildings are about to fall off a cliff, his tenants have all been evacuated, and now he is talking lawsuits. Can things get any worse?
"Pro-development interests on the Coastal Commission want to dismiss its Executive Director, Charles Lester. They may have the votes to do it. But he’s not going down without a fight. Lester was notified in a Jan. 14 letter that the panel 'will consider whether to dismiss you' and gave him a choice of stepping aside and aiding in a transition or opting for a public hearing on his future. He chose the hearing, which ensures that the development tug of war will become the subject of public debate at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 in Morro Bay." (Read the full L.A. Times story at the link above.)