California Coastal Commission
The California Coastal Commission's report recommends that the City of Newport Beach not remove the beach fire pits. But the South Coast Air Quality District wants to ban beach bonfires in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Chair of the AQMD, William Burke resigned his seat on the Coastal Commission this week.
The chairman of a Southern California clean-air agency has resigned from the California Coastal Commission after two lawmakers complained that the positions were "incompatible."
The commission said Thursday it received William A. Burke's letter of resignation from the office of state Assembly Speaker John Perez, who appointed him.
The Orange County Register reports that two state lawmakers from Orange County have asked the state attorney general to review Burke's dual appointments.
The Coastal Commission and South Coast Air Quality Management District have been locked in a battle over whether to allow bonfires on beaches. Coastal commission staff says the fire pits in Newport Beach should stay so visitors can use them. But the air district wants to ban beach bonfires in Los Angeles and Orange counties.