Controversy over the Coastal Commission's executive director
Tomorrow, the California Coastal Commission will consider whether to dismiss Charles Lester as the agency’s executive director. Not surprisingly, the environmental community has come out strongly in favor of Dr. Lester’s retention. Its defense has consisted principally in the contention that the move by four Commissioners to seek his ouster is part of a pro-developer agency coup. In these two San Francisco and Los Angeles NPR programs, I explain why that characterization is a very red herring.