McClure, Vargas, Howell, Turnbull-Sanders, and Mitchell all had more anti-conservation votes than pro-conservation votes on CCC cases last year, according to Surfrider. “Unfortunately, this really validates the concerns that we’ve had since we heard about [the Commission’s plan to fire Lester],” Savage said. “And those are that this action was politically motivated and an example of the Commission not representing the people of California. “I’m disappointed in the vote,” Lester said after the conclusion of the hearing. “It’s been a privilege to serve the commission for the past four-and-a-half years.
Lester’s chief role has been to enforce the Coastal Act, legislation that protects the California coast from overdevelopment and which fights for public access. “I think this is a potentially dire situation,” said Jennifer Savage, California Policy Manager for the Surfrider Foundation immediately after the vote. “For 40 years, the CCC has been operating in a way that ensures that the Coastal Act is first and foremost being defended.
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