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February 5, 2016
Contact: Lauren Zerweck,, 619-315-1905

Orange County Coastkeeper Joins Fight to Keep California Coastline Undeveloped

Coastkeeper’s executive director available to comment on Coastal Commission’s possibly destructive change in leadership

WHAT: A behind-the-scenes effort to fire the Coastal Commission’s Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester will culminate in a public hearing to discuss his possible termination. Orange County Coastkeeper, along with advocates statewide, know that Dr. Lester’s leadership is an important piece of ensuring that our coastline does not turn into the west coast Miami Beach.

WHY: For forty successful years, the California Coastal Commission has ensured that our coast remains open to every citizen and is managed in a moral way. Orange County Coastkeeper says Dr. Lester should remain as executive director because of successful programs under his leadership, such as:

  • Reduced process times for permits and appeals
  • Massive progress in helping coastal communities prepare for sea level rise
  • Modernizing local coastal plans across the state
  • Creation of an online database for public monitoring of all coastal projects

Sadly, because he’s done a stellar job, developers are calling for a more malleable Coastal Commission to ensure the launch of a number of multi-million and billion dollar projects, including Poseidon Water’s $1 billion Huntington Beach Desalination Plant.


  • Orange County Coastkeeper Executive Director Garry Brown is available to comment upon request


  • Garry Brown is available in Orange County prior to the meeting
  • Coastal Commission Meeting
  • Inn at Morro Bay
  • 60 State Park Rd.
  • Morro Bay, CA 93442
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Live stream video is available for those who cannot attend the meeting
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