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Just Say NO to Jerry Brown's "By Right" Proposal

In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:

Los Angeles Times

San Mateo Daily Journal

Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:

State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

State Senator Jerry Hill

Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!

(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)


Montara Mountain Book Back in Print

Montara Mountain by Barbara VanderWerf
Montara Mountain
is back in print. Barbara VanderWerf’s guidebook to the trails, plants, and fascinating historical lore of Montara Mountain, including San Pedro Valley Park, is available at the Visitor Center Trailside Store. Originally published in 1995, Montara Mountain was reprinted in 2010 with a foreword by Mike Vasey. As this is still a great reference book for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park (SPVP)—working with Barbara—have facilitated a third printing. Trailside Store hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park entrance is at 600 Oddstad Boulevard just south of the Oddstad/Rosita/Linda Mar intersection. Friends of SPVP present informative nature programs, and always welcome new members to support volunteer work in the park:

Friends of San Pedro Valley Park


Correction: Sharp Park Berm Not "Legally Mandated" to Be Maintained

Stan Zeavin Op-Ed

This "My Turn" column originally appeared in the Pacifica Tribune (May 4) under a headline presumably written by the editor ("Challenging responsibility of Sharp Park sea wall," which op-ed contributor Stan Zeavin says has "nothing to do with the article and, in fact, deflects from the article's intention." We are happy to post Stan's op-ed here with the author's correct headline.


California Coastal Commission Fires Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester

Reaction to the firing:

Passive-Aggressive Jerry Brown

Steve Lopez, L.A. Times

San Jose Mercury News

Sacramento Bee

Save Dolphins

Earth Island Journal

High Country News

Los Angeles Times

Science Grrrl!

Before the firing:

Lester's Statement

Lester's Defense

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

L.A. Times Analysis

L.A. Times Op-Ed

San Jose Mercury News

Lennie Roberts to Gov. Brown

State Legislators to Gov. Brown

State Legislators to CCC Chair

Protest Action:

Email the governor, the commission, and your state representatives. See below for email addresses or websites for contact info. Also see below for the talking point you can use in your email. It's fine to be brief and just make your main point: Protest the firing of Dr. Charles Lester.


1. Governor Brown: governor@governor.ca.gov
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: cgroom@smcgov.org


TALKING POINT: The attack on Dr. Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act. This power grab by Governor Brown's pro-development commissioners and others 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.