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Free the Beach! Support Public Access to California Beaches and Coast

Time is of the essence! Please take action by 4 pm January 25 PT!

Beaches and the coastal zone provide some of California’s favorite natural treasures. Residents and millions of visitors alike are drawn to coastal spots up and down the state, from the Sinkyone Wilderness to the Golden Gate to surfing mecca in Southern California. Native American sacred sites like Panhe at San Onofre State Beach must be protected. Diverse allies including environmental justice, civil rights, health, and beach activists have long fought to free the beach for all. Climate change, private development, and greedy beach front home owners threaten public access to public beaches. Dr. Charles Lester and his team at the California Coastal Commission are doing their job to protect the coast. As a result, Dr. Lester’s job is threatened by back room bullies who would like to oust him for no good reason. We support transparency in government, an independent staff, and environmental justice. We ask Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to back Dr. Lester for the public good.

Please consider signing on your organization to the attached short letter from a diverse and growing alliance.

The work of the Coastal Commission on sea level policy and environmental justice is consistent with the EJ Forum report Environmental Justice State Guidance: How to Incorporate Equity & Justice Into Your State Clean Power Planning Approach, and The City Project’s work, Free the Beach! Public Access, Equal Justice, and the California Coast,
2 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 143 (2005). We are eager to help Dr. Lester and his staff do even better. Firing Dr. Lester would be a set back for environmental justice and civil rights protections.

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The Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing on Dr. Lester’s employment on February 10, 2016, at the Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Park Road
, Morro Bay, CA 93442. Click here for the meeting agenda. Organizers are organizing bus service to the hearing. Please consider attending and speaking at the hearing.

Please email Amy Trainer, amy [at] or Nancy Negrete, nnegrete [at]


Bernard Bruce
Bernard Bruce at Bruces’ Beach


Mercury News editorial: California Gov. Brown should stop Coastal Commission coup