California Democratic Party Supports Dr. Charles Lester


California Democratic Party Supports Dr. Charles Lester

WHEREAS the 1976 California Coastal Preservation Act states that “the California coastal zone is a distinct and valuable natural resource of vital and enduring interest to all the people and exists as a delicately balanced ecosystem,” that “the permanent protection of the state's natural and scenic resources is a paramount concern to present and future residents of the state and nation,” and sets as a goal to “Protect, maintain, and where feasible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the coastal zone environment and its natural and artificial resources”; and

WHEREAS throughout the 40-year history of the Coastal Act, every public opinion poll conducted has shown overwhelming support for the Coastal Commission’s role in upholding the Coastal Act, and Dr. Charles Lester provided strong leadership with accomplishments such as a Sea Level Rise planning document, the largest budget augmentation in 15 years, greater public transparency and accessibility, and new commitment to preserve and enhance public access for all coastal visitors; and

WHEREAS the Coastal Commission has terminated Dr. Lester, but there is widespread concern that this effort is politically driven and would result in significant impairment and harm to the mission of protecting California’s majestic coastline and guaranteeing coastal public access for all;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party recognizes and thanks Dr. Lester for his leadership as Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission and supports robust coastal protections and strong independent leadership for the Coastal Commission; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown; Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon; Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon; and Steve Kinsey, Chair, California Coastal Commission.

Sponsored by LACDP

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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