- California Coastal CommissionStatus of Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester
Retain Dr. Charles Lester
California Coastal Commission Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester, a tireless advocate of the California Coastal Act, is facing termination. Environmental advocates believe this is a move to undermine the integrity of the California Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff and make the commission more friendly to developers*.
Sign the petition to save Dr. Lester, and send the message that Californians want the Coastal Commission to continue protecting our precious coastal resources from runaway development.
*From the January 20th Los Angeles Times article: California Coastal Commission members to consider firing executive director
"Members of the California Coastal Commission are moving to fire its executive director, touching off a fierce debate over the commission's recent shift in favor of more development along the state's 1,000-mile shore.
The decision to consider firing Charles Lester was made at the commission's December meeting in Monterey, where the panel met in closed session for a "periodic performance review" of the executive director.
Lester was notified in a Jan. 14 letter that the panel "will consider whether to dismiss you" and gave him a choice of stepping aside and aiding in a transition or opting for a public hearing on his future. He chose the hearing, which ensures that the development tug of war will become the subject of public debate at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 10 in Morro Bay."
- Status of Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester
California Coastal Commission
I want the California Coastal Commission to retain Dr. Charles Lester as Executive Director, maintain the independence of CCC Staff and ensure continued accountability for enforcing the California Coastal Act.
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