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The tops of umbrellas for outdoor dining spaces are visible with large buildings in the background on a sunny day in the city of San Diego.

California Regulators Require Parking Replacement for Outdoor Dining Spaces

The city of San Diego’s Spaces as Places outdoor dining program includes a critical parking requirement mandated by the California Coastal Commission.

August 28, 2023 - La Jolla Light

Desalination

Orange County Desalination Plant Wins Key Approval

A desalination plant is moving forward in Orange County with California Coastal Commission approval just a few months after another, uch more expensive project, failed the same test.

October 16, 2022 - Orange County Register

Cruise Ships

California Coastal Commission Nixes Parking Reforms Intended to Spur ADUs in San Diego

Environmental causes run into conflict with zoning reforms intended for environmental benefit once again, as the California Coastal Commission requires San Diego to reinstate parking requirements for ADUs.

June 23, 2022 - OB Rag

Desalination

California Coastal Commission Rejects $1.4 Billion Desalination Project

The unanimous decision by the Coastal Commission on May 12 might have dealt a fatal blow to the costly seawater desalination project proposed for Huntington Beach, but it was not 'a referendum on the future of desalination in California.'

May 15, 2022 - CALmatters

Long Beach, California aerial shot

Long Beach Gated Community Must Provide Public Access

The development never fulfilled its mandate to build a public walkway through its property. Now, the Coastal Commission wants it to open its gates.

July 1, 2021 - Long Beach Post

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Oceanside Debates the Future of its Coastline

As sea levels rise, California's coastal communities face difficult decisions about how to preserve coastlines and mitigate the looming threat.

June 24, 2021 - Voice of San Diego

Amtrak Surfliner

San Diego Parking Reform Wins the Day With the California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission could have overturned part of San Diego's ambitious parking reform policy approved earlier this year, and would have if commission staff had won their arguments.

October 21, 2019 - Streetsblog California

San Diego Beach Housing

Coastal City Rejects 'Managed Retreat' Strategy

Del Mar, in Southern California, says it does not want to adopt the approach as part of its sea-level rise adaptation plan.

October 13, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Balboa Peninsula

Beachfront Residences Can't Extend Yards Onto Public Beaches, CA Coastal Commission Decides

"It's like squatting by the rich," said one commissioner.

July 12, 2019 - The Orange County Register

Malibu Zuma Beach

YourCoast App Will Make California's Public Beaches More Accessible

The app, developed by tech mogul Sean Parker (of Napster and Facebook fame), brings technology and environmental regulation together to give people the information they need to get to public beaches.

December 20, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Hilton Hotel Harbor Island San Diego

Court Reinstates Coastal Commission's Decision on San Diego Harbor Island Project

A long-running legal battle over proposed hotel developments in San Diego appears to have come to an end.

September 24, 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Balloons and Straws: Where's the Connection?

Think "The Graduate," but now the emphasis in the future of plastics may be on restrictions. California may become the first state to restrict access to plastic straws, and balloons could be next due to the harm they cause the marine environment.

August 26, 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

Aggregate

Last Coastal Sand Mine in the U.S. to Shut Down

A sand mine that has been operating since the very beginning of the 20th century has finally been shut down by California regulators. The site of the facility will be returned to more natural conditions.

July 28, 2017 - The Mercury News

California Big Sur

The New California Coastal Commission

The commission spent a significant part of last year in the spotlight. Now, its new director is moving ahead on climate adaptation and resilience efforts as a federal policy change looms.

May 8, 2017 - The Planning Report

Lunada Bay

'Surfer Gang' Beach Fort Causes Problems

A rowdy collection of Palos Verdes surfers, some of them middle-aged, will resort to criminal tactics to keep outsiders away from their favorite spot. They've even built a fort, and officials are having trouble getting rid of it.

July 2, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed Warns of Grave Threats to the California Coastal Act

One of the most powerful agents of environmental protection in the state of California is faced with what some believe is an existential threat.

January 28, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Condition on San Diego's New Airport Parking Lot: Make Sure People Don't Use It

A deal between the San Diego International Airport and the California Coastal Commission will pave the way for a 3,000-space parking garage—in the hopes that people don’t use it.

August 14, 2015 - Voice of San Diego

California Cracks Down on Beach Blocking Scofflaws

The California Coastal Commission has a powerful new tool to go after homeowners who block access to the state's beaches—the CC can now fine such scofflaws instead of taking them to court.

June 26, 2014 - KTLA5

A Political Victory to Protect Wild Coastal Land

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky discusses how the approval of new plans will preserve a stretch of unincorporated Southern California coastline.

May 14, 2014 - The Planning Report

Venice Beach Plan Would Avoid Coastal Commission Controls

When residents and business owners in the coastal neighborhood of Venice in Los Angeles want to develop, they require approvals from the state's Coastal Commission and the city. A proposed coastal program could remove the state from the equation.

January 21, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

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