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Enact California Coastal Commission Environmental Justice Policy Free the Beach! English y español UPDATE

The California Coastal Commission unanimously adopted the Environmental Justice Policy at its March 8, 2019, public meeting, with a diverse and growing alliance supporting adoption and implementation. The Policy is available at available at (Revised Public Review Draft (Feb. 2019)).

The Environmental Justice Policy reads as follows:

The California Coastal Commission’s commitment to diversity, equality and environmental justice recognizes that equity is at the heart of the Coastal Act, a law designed to empower the public’s full participation in the land-use decision-making process that protects California’s coast and ocean commons for the benefit of all the people. In keeping with that visionary mandate, but recognizing that the agency has not always achieved this mission with respect to many marginalized communities throughout California’s history, the Commission as an agency is committed to protecting coastal natural resources and providing public access and lower-cost recreation opportunities for everyone. The agency is committed to ensuring that those opportunities not be denied on the basis of background, culture, race, color, religion, national origin, income, ethnic group, age, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The Commission will use its legal authority to ensure equitable access to clean, healthy, and accessible coastal environments for communities that have been disproportionately overburdened by pollution or with natural resources that have been subjected to permanent damage for the benefit of wealthier communities. Coastal development should be inclusive for all who work, live, and recreate on California’s coast and provide equitable benefits for communities that have historically been excluded, marginalized, or harmed by coastal development.

The Commission recognizes that all aspects of our mission are best advanced with the participation and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, color, religions, national origin, ethnic groups, ages, income levels, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Commission is committed to compliance and enforcement of Government Code Section 11135, as well as consideration of environmental justice principles as defined in Government Code Section 65040.12, consistent with Coastal Act policies, during the planning, decision-making, and implementation of Commission actions, programs, policies, and activities. It is also the California Coastal Commission’s goal, consistent with Public Resources Code Section 300136 and Government Code Section 11135, to recruit, build, and maintain a highly qualified, professional staff that reflects our state’s diversity. Further, the Commission is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its regulations. [Footnotes omitted.]

Our alliance recommends that the Commission adopt and implement that Policy on March 8. Furthermore, we recommend the Commission implement that Policy through its forthcoming strategic plan and other key decisions on an ongoing basis.

In addition, attached below are highlights of public comments to the Commission from August 2018 through February 2019, analyzed by Samuel David García, Stanford ’18.

Una alianza diversa y creciente apoya la adopción del Borrador de Justicia Ambiental de la Comisión Costera de California – Borrador de Revisión Pública Revisado (febrero de 2019) en su reunión pública del 8 de marzo de 2019. Nuestra alianza recomienda que la Comisión adopte y aplique ese Borrador el 8 de marzo. Además, recomendamos que la Comisión implemente ese Borrador a través de su próximo plan estratégico y otras decisiones clave de manera continua.

Very truly yours,

Raul Macias, President, Anahuak Youth Sports Association,
Marce Graudiņš, Founder-Director, Azul,
Susan Jordan, Executive Director, California Coastal Protection Network,
Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan, State Director, California LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens),
Aruna Prabhala, Urban Wildlands Director, Center for Biological Diversity,
Kristen Monsell, Oceans Legal Director & Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity,
Robin Gerber, Board Chair, Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas,
Robert García, Founding Director-Counsel, The City Project,,; Assistant Prof., Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Olivia VanDamme, Program Director, City Surf Project,
Dan Howells, California State Director, Clean Water Fund,
Amy Lethbridge, Executive Director, Community Nature Connection,
Kim Delfino, California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife,
Raul García, Senior Legislative Counsel, EarthJustice,
Audrey Peterman, President, Earthwise Productions,
Emily Teitsworth, Executive Director, GirlVentures,
Mark Magaña, President and CEO, GreenLatinos
Dr. Mildred McClain, Founder and Executive Director, Harambee House Inc. / Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ),
Marc Brenman, Managing Partner, IDARE LLC,
Ron Sundergill, Pacific Region Senior Director, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA),
Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Nature Project, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),
Michael Stocker, Director, Ocean Conservation Research,
Megan Haberle, Deputy Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC),
Xavier Morales, Executive Director, The Praxis Project,
Robert Bracamontes, Bob Black Crow, Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal, Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Tribe
Leslie Fields, National Environmental Justice Director, Sierra Club,
Bethany Facendini, Community Engagement Manager, Sonoma County Regional parks,
Miguel Rodriguez, Organizer, Ventura LULAC,
Brian Beveridge, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project,
Daniel Rossman, CA Deputy Director, The Wilderness Society,

Enact Environmental Justice Policy, public comments by diverse allies.

Promulgar borrador del medio ambiente, recomendaciones de alianza diversa.

Highlights environmental justice comments, by Samuel David García Stanford ’18.

Courtesy CCC