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How a Coastal Commission shakeup could change the future of California’s coast




Ousting the California Coastal Commission's executive director, Charles Lester, could cause friction between the state's environmentalists and developers.
Ousting the California Coastal Commission's executive director, Charles Lester, could cause friction between the state's environmentalists and developers.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The powerful California agency that manages development along the state's fabled coastline may oust its top executive soon, setting up a battlefront between environmentalists and developers who frequently clash over projects large and small.

The potential shake-up at the California Coastal Commission raises questions about the direction of an agency often caught in the friction between property owners and conservation along the 1,100-mile coast - large stretches of it prized for pristine beaches edged by jutting cliffs.

Guests:

Sara Wan, Former Commissioner on the Coastal Commission; Co-Founder of the Western Alliance for Nature, a conservancy group

Fred Gaines, a Calabasas councilman and attorney who has represented developers and property owners before the commission for 25 years