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.
State Legislators to CCC Chair
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS ASAP:
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.