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 … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — October 2, 2015

Endangered species — Utah prairie dog Oral argument was held this week in People for Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the case where we are challenging the right of the federal government to … Continue reading

PLF comments again on Marin County coastal plan

For several years now, PLF attorneys have been following Marin County’s efforts to amend its Local Coastal Program. In the past, we have submitted comment letters both to the Coastal Commission and the Marin County Board of Supervisors detailing our … Continue reading

PLF comments on Coastal Commission’s sea-level rise scheme

For the last several years, the California Coastal Commission has been preparing a document called the Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance. This document is intended to compel local governments and the CCC itself to take into account computer projections on potential sea level … Continue reading

Can the Coastal Commission attach a dormant easement as a condition to a permit?

Today, PLF filed an amicus brief in the California Court of Appeal defending the property rights of La Jolla coastal landowners Ure and Dianne Kretowicz. The Kretowiczs purchased their blufftop home from a bank after a foreclosure in 1994, unaware … Continue reading

Procedural victory in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach & California Coastal Commission

Good news. We obtained a victory this week in our lawsuit challenging the City of Solana Beach’s unlawful restrictions on seawalls and coastal homeowners’ property rights. The City and the Commission filed demurrers to our complaint, asserting that our case … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 13, 2015

Property Rights — Coastal project victory We had another fine preliminary victory against the California Coastal Commission in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach and California Coastal Commission.  Here, we are challenging a local coastal plan adopted by the … Continue reading