In a strange story, an El Segundo police officer and several other named plaintiffs have initiated class action litigation against a group of surfers referred to as the Lunada Bay Boys, the City of Palos Verdes Estates, and the city's chief of police. The plaintiffs allege that "non-resident, non-local visiting beachgoers to Palos Verdes Estates have been unlawfully excluded from recreational opportunities at Palos Verdes Estates parks, beaches, and access to the ocean." Further, the plaintiffs argue that the Lunada Bay Boys, with the approval of the city, have "knowingly built and maintain an unpermitted masonry-rock-and-wood fort and seat area in violation of the California Coastal Act."
Yesterday morning, L. Sue Loftin, founder and managing shareholder of The Loftin Firm joined Jesse Ibanez, host of Truth Radio on ESPN Radio, to discuss the California Coastal Commission.Within the hour they discussed the expansion of the Coastal Commission's authority and Sue highlighted "5 Things To Consider if Your Property is in the CA Coastal Zone." You can tune into to hear a recording of the show here.
If you own property or a house in the California Coastal Commission's jurisdiction (the "Coastal Zone"), and you're in need of a coastal development permit, here are five things you should know and consider.
In an interesting turn of events, SeaWorld Entertainment announced that it's ending its orca breeding program (effective immediately) and theatrical orca whale shows (phasing out over the next year). Despite public backlash from the documentary "Blackfish" and onerous coastal development conditions imposed by the California Coastal Commission, SeaWorld has steadfastly argued that it has a right to continue its' orca breeding practices. In fact, this is one of SeaWorld's primary arguments in its lawsuit filed in late 2015.
On March 9th, Jack Ainsworth - previously the senior deputy director - was appointed Acting Executive Director by the California Coastal Commission. In an 11-1 vote, Ainsworth was elected and will serve for an interim term until December 8, 2016, or until a new executive director is appointed, whichever occurs first.
Commercials about California tourism may focus on how celebrities live their lives and have fun across the state, but arguably the real draw is the state's natural beauty; especially along the coastline. The Pacific Coast Highway is world renowned for its unspoiled beauty, and this is possible due in part to the work of the California Coastal Commission.
The San Mateo Daily Journal reports here on a coming battle with the California Coastal Commission that should alarm coastal mobilehome park owners and residents alike.
As promised in October 2015, SeaWorld LLC dba SeaWorld San Diego has commenced litigation against the California Coastal Commission over a decision to condition SeaWorld's new orca enclosure on numerous onerous conditions, including those that dealt with the husbandry practices and transportation restrictions of the orcas. The initial Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory Relief was filed on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 after an agreement by the parties to extend the time period for which SeaWorld had to file its lawsuit.
In another sweeping decision, the California Coastal Commission has seemingly overstepped its jurisdiction of regulating the use of land and water in the coastal zone by imposing certain breeding restrictions on SeaWorld's orca breeding practices. Specifically, the Coastal Commission approved SeaWorld's replacement and expansion of its existing orca facility subject to several special conditions. One such condition is the discontinuation of SeaWorld's practice of breeding captive orcas, or transporting whales from other facilities. As SeaWorld prepares to challenge this condition, Californians must ask whether, as a public policy, the Coastal Commission should have jurisdiction over the use of land and water within the coastal zone and the animal husbandry practices of trained veterinarian professionals. Although the Coastal Commission's most recent decision appears facially inconsistent with the legislative intent of the Coastal Act and potentially in conflict with the federal law governing such practices, it will certainly be interesting to follow SeaWorld's impending legal challenge.