|Coastal Commission Called to the Carpet|
A bill has been introduced in the State Senate that in my opinion is long overdue. Senate Bill 1295 by Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (San Diego) would eliminate the Coastal Commission’s ability to appeal development permits granted by local governments up and down the coast.
To realize how important this is, one need go no further that Saso Gale. Ask him how it feels, and what this means.
This Bill is a big step toward clipping the wings of the most blatently over reaching government body in these United States.
If I may be bold enough here, I'd like to quote someone here;
"The reality is, these appeals are initiated by Coastal Commission staffers, and the Commissioners themselves "sign" them after they are written by the staffer. The same staffer is usually responsible for writing the staff report analyzing the appeal, and not surprisingly seems to always recommend upholding the appeal. And as you may know, the Commissioners usually follow the recommendations of staff, as they are rarely able to read, let alone absorb, the mountains of staff reports that they receive every month."
"In my opinion this process is broken. Coastal Commission staffers are neither elected nor appointed, yet they are the arresting officer, judge, jury and executioner on these matters."
I could not possibly put it better myself. It's about time.