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Venice Ad Hoc Coastal Coalition Invites all to Attend Press Conference, Wednesday, 9 March, Before CCC Meet

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(Photo courtesy of Judy Goldman.) Photo taken at the latest California Coastal Commissiom meet at which Dr. Charles Lester was fired.

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(Photo courtesy of Judy Goldman.)

Venice Ad Hoc Coastal Coalition group invites all to attend the pre-hearing rally and press conference preceding the California Coastal Commission (CCC) meet at 8 am, March 9 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica 90401. The CCC meet will commence immediately after at 9 am.

Following the much-contested ouster of Executive Director Charles Lester the group has outlined several demands. They are:

• An ethics investigation of the commissioners who voted to oust Lester in order to determine whether conflicts of interest may have influenced their votes;

• New standards for commissioners that prevent real or perceived conflicts of interest. We should not have commissioners who advance the interests of industries that pay them in their day jobs;

• That the commission reinstate Dr. Charles Lester as Executive Director unless they can clearly disclose their valid reasons for firing him;

• If a new director is hired, he/she must have a proven commitment to the Coastal Act and its social, economic, racial and environmental justice standards; and that they have no real or perceived conflicts of interest;

• That social, economic, racial and environmental justice advocates be directly involved in the job search and hiring process for the new director.

Keep Neighborhoods First wrote that “We hope to work with state legislators to strengthen the Coastal Act, putting affordable housing creation and preservation directly back in the purview of the Commission and strengthening the state’s commitments to making coastal access real for all California communities.”

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