To: Governor Gavin Newsom

Don't Terminate CA Coastal Commission Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester

Contact your appointees on the Commission and express your displeasure with this maneuver that will severely damage its ability to maintain public coastal access and protect the California coastline.

Why is this important?

A behind-­‐the-­‐scenes effort to terminate Dr. Charles Lester, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission has just come to light. The attack on Executive Director Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act itself. This power grab is an attempt to undermine the Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff, and make the Commission more developer-friendly without any public accountability or transparency. Ironically, this comes at a time when Director Lester has gained major accomplishments for the protection of the CA coast.