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May 02, 2012

Skewed statistics and the California Coastal Commission

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 ...

September 08, 2011

The Coastal Commission appoints its new leader

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 ...

August 26, 2011

A new chapter at the Coastal Commission?

Author:  Paul J. Beard II That's the question I ask in an opinion editorial published in today's San Francisco Chronicle, in light of Executive Director Peter Douglas's recent announcement that he is retiring.   If you can't pick up a copy of the Chronicle, read it on-line and offer your comments about what you think. ...

August 10, 2011

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 ...

July 01, 2010

Should Peter Douglas retire?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff The Eureka Times-Standard has this oped by Lloyd Billingsley of the Pacific Research Institute.  Mr. Billingsley argues that Mr. Douglas had led the Commission for too long. The voters and governments in California's coastal counties are capable of protecting the coast while establishing their own zoning an ...

May 11, 2010

PLF in the New York Times

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Last Sunday's Bay Area edition of the New York Times featured an article on Peter Douglas, the California Coastal Commission's long-serving executive director.  While noting Mr. Douglas' impeccable environmentalist and anti-development credentials, as well as his self-described "radical p ...

March 02, 2010

Playing hard ball with the California Coastal Commission

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Last month, PLF filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission on behalf of a concerned group of citizens, arguing that the Commission has no authority to stop a needed cleanup of a blighted brownfield property in downtown Eureka, California.  Well, shortly after filing, the Eureka Times-Standard ran a ...