Stop the Coastal Commission Power Grab

The Senate will vote on Aug 30 AB 976 this Friday.

Urge your Senator to VOTE NO ON AB 976.

The California Coastal Coalition https://bay176.mail.live.com/default.aspx#n=1909298094&fid=1&mid=3ffd36ad-1017-11e3-bccf-00215ad88c5c&fv=1 provided the following update on AB 976 today.

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AB 976 (Atkins) – CCC Authority to Impose Fines – Vote in Senate Aug 30 AB 976, which would give the California Coastal Commission (CCC) authority to impose administrative fines without having to litigate an alleged violation of the Coastal Act, was amended yesterday to authorize the CCC to impose penalties on a daily basis for up to five years.

Another amendment would authorize the CCC to continue enforcement actions filed prior to the bill’s possible sunset date of January 1, 2019. The bill is expected to be voted on by the full Senate this Friday (Aug 30). The current version of bill as amended is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0951-1000/ab_976_bill_20130826_amended_sen_v92.htm

If AB 976 passes in the Legislature, it’s not known whether the governor will sign the bill. His staff said recently that the governor “has not yet taken a position” on the bill.

Editor’s note: It is believed that Speaker Perez will interview three candidates this week to fill the vacancy created on the Coastal Commission when the term of Commissioner Esther Sanchez expired last May. If what we heard is accurate, this would be the third round of interviews the speaker has conducted to fill the San Diego region’s seat on the commission.

A history of the bill can be found at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB976/

You may contact your California State Senator at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ for help in defeating AB 976.

As John Gamper of the California Farm Bureau stated, AB 976 will give the California Coastal Commission (CCC) the “right to be the cop on the beat, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner”.


Keith Adams
Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County

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