A few weeks ago, the California Coastal Commission did something that has a lot of people pissed. They fired Charles Lester, their Executive Director. Lester was, by nearly all accounts, a man who did his job very well for almost five years. Now, as the commissioners face accusations of being influenced by developers, the CCC may have to show the use of lobbyists and how much money changed hands. The new legislation, which was introduced in Washington on Tuesday, would make the California Coastal Commission subject to the same strict reporting rules that the Legislature is when it comes to lobbying.
“It’s become very, very clear that the influence that certain lobbyists have on the Coastal Commission far outstrips what the general public has,” said Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), a co-author of the bill.