Los Angeles Times
Care for the coast
Re “Tug of war over coast comes to a head,” Jan. 21
Firing Charles Lester as executive director of the California Coastal Commission would be a huge blow to the environmental community and open the door for more rampant development along the entire coastline.
Even under the conservation-minded Lester’s watch, the Coastal Commission has laid down the “welcome mat” to developers with greater frequency in recent years. A prime example is the commission’s approval of the destructive ridge-top development in Malibu by U2 guitarist the Edge, which had been strongly opposed by a host of environmental groups.
The commitment to carry out the strong conservation protection mandates of the 1976 Coastal Act has been weakened and somewhat buried under the crunch of bulldozers, razing sensitive coastal lands that should have been protected and left undeveloped.
Enough already. Mary Ann Webster