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Coastal Act Amendments Signed by Governor

Under Assembly Bill 2616, signed by Governor Brown on September 24, 2016, the California Coastal Commission will be reconfigured and will seek to "advance principles of environmental justice and equality." 

UPDATE: SeaWorld Drops Blue World Project and Coastal Commission Lawsuit

In another interesting twist in the ongoing SeaWorld saga, the theme park announced that it's dropping the plan to expand the orca habitat expansion (the Blue World project) and its pending litigation against the California Coastal Commission.

Sue Loftin Returns to Truth Radio on ESPN 1700am

Yesterday morning, L. Sue Loftin, founder and managing shareholder of The Loftin Firm joined Jesse Ibanez, host of Truth Radio on ESPN Radio, to discuss the California Coastal Commission.Within the hour they discussed the expansion of the Coastal Commission's authority and Sue highlighted "5 Things To Consider if Your Property is in the CA Coastal Zone." You can tune into to hear a recording of the show here

5 Things to Consider if Your Property is in the CA Coastal Zone

If you own property or a house in the California Coastal Commission's jurisdiction (the "Coastal Zone"), and you're in need of a coastal development permit, here are five things you should know and consider.

SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Practices and Theatrical Orca Shows

In an interesting turn of events, SeaWorld Entertainment announced that it's ending its orca breeding program (effective immediately) and theatrical orca whale shows (phasing out over the next year). Despite public backlash from the documentary "Blackfish" and onerous coastal development conditions imposed by the California Coastal Commission, SeaWorld has steadfastly argued that it has a right to continue its' orca breeding practices. In fact, this is one of SeaWorld's primary arguments in its lawsuit filed in late 2015.

Acting Executive Director Appointed by California Coastal Commission

On March 9th, Jack Ainsworth - previously the senior deputy director - was appointed Acting Executive Director by the California Coastal Commission. In an 11-1 vote, Ainsworth was elected and will serve for an interim term until December 8, 2016, or until a new executive director is appointed, whichever occurs first.

City of Carlsbad Launches Pilot Program to Decrease Processing Time for Coastal Projects

The City of Carlsbad recently announced that it's launching a first-of-its-kind program to decrease the processing time for coastal development projects. In particular, the city will provide funding for additional staff resources at the California Coastal Commission over the next thirty (30) months. By adding another coastal program analyst to the Coastal Commission's staff, the public and private projects within Carlsbad's coastal zone will received expedited review.

California Coastal Commission Decision - Exec. Director Lester is Out.

For the first time, the California Coastal Commission has terminated the services of its Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lester. (For a full report of the decision, see this recent LA Times article).

California Coastal Commission vs. Mobilehome Parks and LUPs

The San Mateo Daily Journal reports here on a coming battle with the California Coastal Commission that should alarm coastal mobilehome park owners and residents alike.

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