Controversy over the Coastal Commission's executive director

February 09, 2016 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

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 h ...


Skewed statistics and the California Coastal Commission

May 02, 2012 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

The California Coastal Commission is known as being exceptionally antagonistic toward private property rights, an attitude embodied in the Commission’s late executive director Peter Douglas.  Charles Lester, Douglas’s successor, recently spoke in Humboldt County before a large audience of government officials and environmental activist ...


The Coastal Commission appoints its new leader

September 08, 2011 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Paul J. Beard II Today, the California Coastal Commission issued a press release announcing its choice to replace outgoing Executive Director Peter Douglas: Charles Lester. The press release cites Lester's commitment to "improving communications and collaboration with public agencies and local governments," and "to bringi ...


Peter Douglas is resigning


Author:  Damien M. Schiff Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen:  we have just been informed that Peter Douglas will be retiring from the California Coastal Commission in November.  Mr. Douglas has been the Executive Director of the Commission for decades, and has, in many respects, been the driving force behind the Commission's ...