April 19, 2014

Save coastal prairie at Richmond ‘campus’

California clapper rail (and its reflection). Photo courtesy the Watershed Project (www.thewatershedproject.org).

California clapper rail (and its reflection). Photo courtesy the Watershed Project (www.thewatershedproject.org).

Help the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) protect one of the last remaining large areas of Bay coastal-prairie habitat.

The area is at UC’s Richmond Field Station, where the two institutions are jointly developing a “second campus”. In their very own publicity materials about the site, they proclaim support for the prairie and its protection, but so far their plans don’t live up to their words.

The site includes numerous sections of prairie, as shown on the accompanying map. We urge preservation and restoration of the Big, Northwest, West, EPA (North and South), Eucalyptus, North, and Gull. Further, many of the meadow areas can be reconnected by removing a few obsolete buildings and unnecessary portions of roadway:

Map from “Richmond Field Station Final Botanical Survey Report” by URS, 1997, modified by Bob Newey.

Map from “Richmond Field Station Final Botanical Survey Report” by URS, 1997, modified by Bob Newey.

 

  • the dilapidated buildings and roadway (Starling Way) separating the Big and Northwest Meadows;
  • the roadway (a portion of Lark Drive) that separates the Big Meadow and West Meadow from EPA Meadow North; this can be made into a pedestrian and bike path);
  • the segment of Regatta Boulevard (running north-south) west of the Northwest Meadow; the drainage culvert there should be converted to a meandering stream flowing into Meeker Slough to the south. Meeker Slough flows through Western Stege Marsh. Access to the area west of the prairies can be attained by a westward extension of the segment of Regatta Boulevard that already runs east-west north of the Big Meadow.

Instead, UC has proposed placing soccer fields and basketball courts on the prairie, and upgrading Lark Road into a major vehicular roadway.

The section of Regatta Boulevard along the western edge of the prairie is also important. Since this is no longer needed as a roadway, UC has proposed turning it into a “greenway/central gathering place”. Turning this into a meandering stream will greatly enhance the greenway as well as the habitat value of the prairie, and further will allow removal of toxics from urban stormwater runoff by natural processes before they can enter the Slough and marsh. (Much work has already been done to remove toxics from the marsh.)

The Field Station site is large enough to contain all proposed development without touching the indicated prairies. UC, LBNL, and Richmond would not be forced to reduce development, lose revenues, or be harmed economically, academically, or financially. UC and LBNL would need to spend some additional funds to realize the plan; we are just asking them to put their money where their mouth is. So far they have offered no public explanation why they wouldn’t.

UC recently formed a committee, chaired by its chancellor, to manage the site and its Long Range Development Plan. This committee issued a final plan before UC even had time to review and respond to public comments.

WhatYouCanDo

Write to Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks at:

chancellor@berkeley.edu
200 California Hall, MC1500
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
fax: (510)643-5499.

Ask him to support the Sierra Club’s vision for the coastal prairie and meandering stream at the Richmond Field Station.

Richmond residents, write to Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the City Council at:

Hector_Rojas@ci.richmond.ca.us
City Hall
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804.

Ask the Council to support the Club’s plan for the coastal prairie and meandering stream, and specifically to remove Lark Drive as a thoroughfare from the South Richmond Area Plan.

To work with the Club on this issue, contact Norman La Force, chair of the Club’s East Bay Public Lands Committee, at (510)526-4362.

Norman La Force

Vote yes on Proposition B–waterfront height-limit initiative in SF

YESonB_ 191x300The Sierra Club urges San Francisco voters to vote yes on Proposition B–”Voter Approval for Waterfront Height Increases”–on the June 3 ballot. The measure would require voter approval for waterfront luxury-condo towers or other waterfront development projects that violate existing legal building height limits (see Feb., page 4).

A record-breaking petition drive by a coalition of environmental and community groups collected 21,000 signatures, more than twice the required 9,702 in just three weeks. The initiative is backed by the Sierra Club and the No Wall on the Waterfront coalition, who came together to defeat the 8 Washington waterfront luxury-condo towers, which were rejected by 67% of San Francisco voters last November.

“The overwhelming success of this petition drive shows just how strongly the people of San Francisco feel about keeping the waterfront a special place that is open and accessible for everyone to enjoy,” said Becky Evans, chair of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club and the official proponent of the initiative.

Despite the overwhelming voter rejection of the 8 Washington luxury condos, the San Francisco Port Commission has proceeded to move forward with a series of other proposals to raise waterfront height limits for luxury-condo high-rises, office towers, and hotels. Waterfront height limits can currently be changed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors.

The initiative builds on a previous initiative passed by San Francisco voters in 1990 that required the creation of a Waterfront Land Use Plan to guide development along the city’s waterfront.

To volunteer in the campaign, or for more information, see www.NoWallOnTheWaterfront.com,

Vote yes on Proposition B.

Newark plans luxury homes and golf course on precious wetlands

A view of Area 4. Photo courtesy Carin High.

A view of Area 4. Photo courtesy Carin High.

Correction (March 7, 2014): an earlier version of this article misstated which Audubon Society has opposed this project. It is opposed by Ohlone Audubon, the Audubon that includes Newark in its range.

Over the past century and a half, 90% of the Bay’s original wetlands have been paved over, diked off, or replaced with airports, garbage dumps, residential developments, and (especially in the South Bay) salt ponds. To raise tax revenues, the city of Newark seeks to continue this destructive trend.

Last December, Newark updated its General Plan, reaffirming its intent to fill 560 acres to build hundreds of executive homes and an 18-hole golf course. The Sierra Club instead supports restoring these wetlands and adding them to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Help is needed to urge the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board to reject development plans for “Area 4,” one of the largest remaining unprotected areas in the South Bay.

At first glance, Newark’s wetlands (west of the railroad tracks, beyond the ends of Mowry Avenue and Stevenson Boulevard) might not seem remarkable, but even after decades of abuse, they still harbor an array of wildlife. Herons and egrets are common; willets and godwits probe the mud for crabs, crayfish, and worms. Flocks of ducks ply the quiet backwaters, disturbed only by merlins, hawks, and harriers. On the ground, burrowing owls and the rare salt-marsh harvest mouse are occasionally seen. Restoration of Area 4 will allow other important species to return: for example, the endangered clapper rail, a secretive bird the size of a chicken and heavily impacted by diking for salt ponds. The nearby Mowry Slough is one of the Bay’s most important pupping sites for harbor seals.

Area 4 has suffered abuse for decades, yet holds great promise for restoration. Despite continual discing and diking, wetlands have survived. Moreover, ecologists understand that vibrant ecosystems include a full array of ecological niches and vegetation zones. This area’s variety of habitat types—wetlands, upland areas, and the intervening transition zones—provides the mix needed for many species, and therefore gives the site unusual restoration value. While many tidal marshes are now undergoing restoration, with salt ponds being converted to more-natural habitats, very few places remain where both uplands and transition zones can be restored.

Fortunately, the Regional Water Board, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and other agencies have challenged Newark’s proposals, pointing out how they violate state and federal regulations on filling of wetlands. The Water Board has concluded that “impacts to Area 4 would be regionally significant.”

Environmental organizations have also intervened. The Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge has filed two lawsuits challenging the development plans. Since that time, nearly a dozen groups, including the Sierra Club, Ohlone Audubon, and Save The Bay, have opposed the city’s plans.

WhatYouCanDo

The main agency warding off this disaster is the Water Board. It has said that it is not likely to permit the filling of wetlands in this area, but Board officials need to know that the public is on their side.

To add your signature to Save The Bay’s petition telling the Water Board to remain strong in its opposition and deny permits for this development, visit https://www.savesfbay.org/secure/bay-vs-golf-course.

Paul W. Rea, Ph.D., nature writer and environmental activist

San Francisco voters soundly reject B and C–say no to waterfront highrises

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos calls this “the most beautiful spot on the waterfront”. Should this land be used for the Warriors’ sports arena or for better public access to the shoreline? Photo courtesy San Francisco Waterfront Alliance.

Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos calls this “the most beautiful spot on the waterfront”. Should this land be used for the Warriors’ sports arena or for better public access to the shoreline? Photo courtesy San Francisco Waterfront Alliance.

On Nov. 5 San Francisco voters soundly rejected Measures B and C, rejecting height exemptions for 8 Washington–and sending a message to City Hall that they don’t want a wall of highrises on the waterfront.

The next potential waterfront battle is the Warriors’ proposal for a waterfront arena, 17-story condo tower, and luxury hotel (see June-July Yodeler, front page). The Sierra Club, San Francisco Waterfront Alliance, and San Francisco Tomorrow are calling on city leaders and Warriors owners to abandon this plan.

“The voters of San Francisco have sent a strong message that our waterfront should not be for sale to the highest bidder,” said Becky Evans, chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Group. “Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors should pay attention to the defeat of Props B and C when making decisions about the proposed Warriors development projects, which pose a very serious threat to the delicate environment of our Bay.”

“San Francisco voters just put an emphatic stop to turning public land into a new wall of high-rise condos for billionaires,” said former Mayor Art Agnos, a leader in the campaign against B and C. “Multimillion-dollar campaigns can’t convince San Franciscans to do what isn’t in our city’s best interest, whether it is a claim that $5 million condos on public land actually mean affordable housing for the middle class and working people of our city, or whether it is dressed up as a basketball-arena real-estate deal on public piers in our Bay waters.”

More than 62% ov San Francisco voters voted ‘no’ on Measure B, and 66% voted ‘no’ on C. The measures would have allowed construction of 136-foot high luxury-condo buildings at 8 Washington and would have raised the waterfront height limit there from 84 feet to 136 feet, a 62% increase. (“No on B and C in SF” [October-November Yodeler, front page] incorrectly stated that Measure B would raise height limits along the whole northern waterfront. We meant to say that Measure B would raise height limits just at 8 Washington, but would set a bad precedent and open the door for other developers to ask for more height increases along the whole northern waterfront.)

“The Warriors’ ‘pavilion’ proposal for Piers 30 – 32 is 40 feet higher and five times larger than 8 Washington. You could fit almost four 8 Washington condo buildings into the arena alone,” said Gayle Cahill, president of the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance. “That gives voters five times more reason to reject this proposal.”

As currently proposed, the Golden State Warriors’ development would include a 12-story-high basketball and entertainment complex, a 175-foot-high luxury-condo tower and hotel, a 500-space private parking garage, and a 90,000-square-foot shopping mall of retail and restaurants. Most of it would be built not just by our waterfront–but over our Bay! The project also calls for $120 million in San Francisco public funds, and there is no plan to address public transit, vehicle traffic, and congestion.

Sierra Club California has new coastal organizer

High wind on the Mendocino coast. Photo: Flickr / ah zut (cc)

High wind on the Mendocino coast. Photo: Flickr / ah zut (cc)

Sierra Club California has a new organizer for the California Coast Campaign. Our new hire is Michael Thornton and he will begin working for us on Fri., Oct. 4–just in time to attend the CNRCC/SCC Convention in San Luis Obispo the weekend of Oct. 5 – 6.

Michael comes to us with many years of excellent and varied experience in the nonprofit world, including as an organizer. He also has a background in radio news, and so he brings excellent communication skills–something that’s essential for the work he’ll be doing.

Our Coast Campaign will be focusing in the next year on the ongoing effort to establish a new national marine sanctuary off the coast of San Luis Obispo County, and on educating and organizing coastal communities about fracking issues. The campaign will also continue to monitor and help with Coastal Commission issues that have a statewide impact.

Michael’s e-mail will be Michael.Thornton@sierraclub.org, and his desk number will be (916)557-1106.

No on B and C in San Francisco–no wall on the waterfront

Correction (Oct. 7, 2013): the previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Measure B would raise height limits along the whole northern waterfront. Measure B would raise height limits just at 8 Washington Street on the Embarcadero, but would set a bad precedent and open the door for other developers to ask for more height increases along the whole northern waterfront.

 

The Sierra Club urges San Francisco voters to vote no on Measures B and C.

Measures B and C would put San Francisco Bay at risk for massive pollution, create shadows on a park, and use taxpayer dollars to subsidize ultra-luxury housing for billionaires–on public land.

Approval of either of these measures would allow a luxury-condo project on the San Francisco waterfront at 8 Washington Street and exempt it from numerous zoning restrictions—including the height limit that we worked decades to establish for keeping the waterfront open for public use. The project would be twice as high as the Embarcadero Freeway, which previously occupied the site, and would exceed the zoned height limit by 52 feet.  Measure B would set a bad precedent and open the door for other developers to ask for height increases along the whole northern waterfront.

Last year the Board of Supervisors voted to approve 8 Washington–but volunteers rallied, gathering 31,000 signatures in 30 days, to place the issue on the ballot as a referendum, which is now Measure C. To confuse the issue, the project developer gathered signatures on an initiative to “open up the waterfront”, which is now Measure B.

The project would put San Francisco Bay at risk by building too close to a major sewer line that moves 20 million gallons of sewage a day. Engineers have testified that the project could cause the sewer to rupture in an earthquake and flood the neighborhood and the Bay with sewage.

The project would sit on public land–land that should be used for recreation. Further, the city would have to spend an estimated $5 million to upgrade the city-owned portion to keep Bay water from seeping in.

The supporters of the measures are developer-backed groups hoping to open up the waterfront to high-rise construction. Their campaign makes the outrageous claim that 8 Washington would create parks–when in fact it would destroy a public recreation center and replace it with a recreation space mostly for private use. The project would also decrease recreational opportunities on the public waterfront.

The developer also describes the project as creating affordable housing. In fact, there is no affordable housing in the proposed building, and the condos would sell for up to $8 million each.

Ironically, 8 Washington project would create shadows on a park named after Sue Bierman, the freeway-fighter who stopped the city from building freeways through Golden Gate Park. Sue Bierman Park was created after the Embarcadero Freeway was torn down.

The San Francisco Democratic Party, other environmental groups, and housing-advocacy groups all agree with the Sierra Club that Measures B and C are a bad deal for San Francisco and the environment.

WhatYouCanDo

The No on B and C campaign has volunteer opportunities for you:

  • every Saturday, 10 am, mobilizations for precinct-walking;
  • every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, phone-banking.

Both take place at 15 Columbus Ave. in San Francisco. To get involved, contact (415)894-7008 or No8WashingtonWall@gmail.com.

And vote no on B and C!

Protecting prairie, cleaning up toxics in South Richmond

Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com. Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com.

Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com.

As Richmond moves ahead with its South Richmond Specific Plan, it’s time for it to take a stand for the environment.

We worry that the city will defer to any UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Lab request for their new “second campus”. The city also faces a confrontation with the Union Pacific Railroad over the Hoffman Marsh, especially remaining privately owned portions. The city still has not made a firm commitment to clean up the toxics at the Zeneca site. For the health and safety of Richmond residents, it’s time for the old industrial sites to be cleaned up.

WhatYouCanDo

Richmond residents, write to Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the City Council at:

Hector_Rojas@ci.richmond.ca.us
City Hall
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804.

Urge the city to:

  • make sure that the Union Pacific cannot develop the Liquid Gold site but instead must clean it up to protect the Bay and wildlife;
  • support the effort to add the rest of the Hoffman Marsh to the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park;
  • require clean-up of the toxic Zeneca site to the residential standard.

Everyone can write to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at:

Richard Philliber, Environmental Planner
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, MS 76-225
Berkeley, CA 94720.

Urge the Laboratory to work actively to save the coastal prairie at the second-campus site. In particular, the main access road should not be built through the prairie, but around it from the current main entrance at Regatta Boulevard. Richmond residents can include this request in their letters to the Council also.

For more information see the project web site at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/sssp.

Norman La Force, chair, Sierra Club West Contra Costa County Group

Court affirms lower-court ruling on Drakes Estero–no more oyster-growing in Point Reyes wilderness

A Sierra Club hike to Drakes Head. Photo by Jeff Jolin.

A Sierra Club hike to Drakes Head. Photo by Jeff Jolin.

On Sep. 3 the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling that the Drakes Bay Oyster Company does not warrant an injunction to continue operating after its lease expired on its own terms last November. The company has none of the state or federal permits to operate its commercial oyster-raising business in Drakes Estero, the ecological heart of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the only marine wilderness area on the West Coast (see February-March Yodeler, page 3).

“The court rightly decided that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had full discretion to let the oyster operation permit expire and to honor the 1976 wilderness designation for Drakes Estero,” said Amy Trainer, executive director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

The panel held that it has jurisdiction to review whether the secretary violated any legal mandate contained in Section 124 or elsewhere, but that it lacks jurisdiction to review the secretary’s ultimate discretionary decision whether to issue a new permit. The panel held that Drakes Bay was not likely to succeed in proving that the secretary violated constitutional, statutory, regulatory, or other legal mandates or restrictions, and that it has not shown that the balance of equities weighs in its favor (decision, pages 2 – 3).

Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote that, “We have jurisdiction to consider whether the secretary violated ‘constitutional, statutory, regulatory or other legal mandates or restrictions,’ Ness Inv. Corp. v. U.S. Dep’t of Agr., Forest Serv., 512 F.2d 706, 715 (9th Cir. 1975), and we agree with the district court that Drakes Bay is not likely to succeed in proving any such violations here. Through Section 124, Congress authorized, but did not require, the secretary to extend the permit. Congress left the decision to grant or deny an extension to the secretary’s discretion, without imposing any mandatory considerations. The Secretary clearly understood he was authorized to issue the permit; he did not misinterpret the scope of his discretion under Section 124. In an effort to inform his decision, the secretary undertook a NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] review, although he believed he was not obligated to do so. Nonetheless, any asserted errors in the NEPA review were harmless.”

Gordon Bennett, president of Save Our Seashore, said that, “the Court has now confirmed that the expiration of the oyster-operation permit was a well-established matter of contract and [National Park Service] policy that Mr. Lunny was fully aware of before he bought the last few years of operating rights. This decision facilitates the long-planned wind-down of company operations, and we hope that the company provides strong financial support for the transition of its workers.”

The court further noted, “In letting the permit lapse, the secretary emphasized the importance of the long-term environmental impact of the decision on Drakes Estero, which is located in an area designated as potential wilderness. He also underscored that, when Drakes Bay purchased the property in 2005, it did so with eyes wide open to the fact that the permit acquired from its predecessor owner was set to expire just seven years later, in 2012. Drakes Bay’s disagreement with the value judgments made by the secretary is not a legitimate basis on which to set aside the decision [page 6]“.

“We urge the company to fulfill its long-standing responsibility to its workers by assisting them during this time of transition,” Trainer said.  “The local community will work with Rep. Huffman and other leaders to ensure that the workers are taken care of,” she said.

For the text of the ruling see http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2013/09/03/13-15227.pdf.

North Richmond Shoreline Festival–Saturday, October 5

2013NRSFestivalFlyerWee 393x504Saturday, October 5, 11 am – 5 pm, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond.

The ninth annual North Richmond Shoreline Festival will features free food and entertainment, including burritos, live music, bird-watching with the Audubon Society, fishing, exhibits, pony rides, nature walks, kids’ activities, kids’ chu chu train, and demonstrations.

The event is hosted by the North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance and co-sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, the city of Richmond, San Pablo Economic Development, and the Sierra Club Bay Chapter.

The Festival is a grand opportunity to educate people of all ages about the ecology of the shoreline, its fragility, and the need to protect it.

NRS01 300x293For more information, including shuttle-bus schedules, see www.northrichmondshoreline.org/festival.htm or contact Lana Husser at (510)219-1571 or lanahusser@comcast.net.

Give Coastal Commission power to issue fines

Wetlands at Tomales Dunes.

Wetlands at Tomales Dunes. On July 13, 2012, the California Coastal Commission heeded the requests of conservation groups and approved a revised permit for Lawson’s Landing campground that will ensure that significant portions of the rare coastal dunes-wetlands habitat at the site will be restored and forever protected. See http://theyodeler.org/?p=1694

Update: (Sep. 6, 2013): AB 976 has passed in the Senate.

 

A bill the Sierra Club co-sponsors, AB 976 (Atkins), will likely come up for a floor vote in the Senate in the coming week. To help make sure it passes, please call your senator and urge an AYE vote on AB 976.

In a nutshell, the bill will let the Coastal Commission fine chronic scofflaws who violate the Coastal Act. The Coastal Commission is rare among regulatory agencies in its inability to fine lawbreakers.

Current law ties the hands of the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission cannot bring Coastal Act violators into compliance because it does not have the authority to impose fines. AB 976 will grant the Coastal Commission administrative civil-liability authority.

Coastal Act violators: breaking the law and getting away with it

The Coastal Commission is charged with protecting one of California’s most important natural, cultural, and economic assets: its 1,100 miles of coastline. In 1972, California voters overwhelmingly voted to support Prop 20, creating the California Coastal Commission.

Protecting and guaranteeing public access to the coast is a core principal of the Coastal Act. It is one of the primary reasons that the Coastal Commission was created in 1972 by the voters through the initiative process.

Coastal Act violations threaten beach access, wildlife, and fragile coastal ecosystems. Each violation represents blocked public access, unpermitted development near a beach, or a threat to sensitive wetland ecosystems. California only has one coastline, and damage to the coast can’t always be undone. AB 976 is important to address Coastal Act violations, deter future Coastal Act violations, and protect California’s coast in perpetuity.

Addressing the backlog, discouraging future violations

Today, the Coastal Commission has a backlog of over 1,800 unresolved Coastal Act violations. The largest share of these violations, nearly one-third, involves illegally blocking public access to the coast. These violations include putting up false “no parking signs”, blocking public paths to the beach, and failing to create public access ways that were mandated in a coastal-development permit. Some violators have essentially attempted to illegally transform public beaches into private beaches. Although many of these violations have been reported to and verified by the commission, under current law the commission has little recourse to correct these violations.

Currently, the Coastal Commission must take violators who refuse to comply with orders to court through an action of the attorney general. In the last 10 years, the Commission has only taken four violators to court through this burdensome process. By authorizing the Coastal Commission to issue administrative penalties, it will finally have an effective, nearly universal enforcement tool to deter violations of the Coastal Act and to resolve issues more quickly.

For environmental enforcement agencies, preventing the law from being broken in the first place is critically important because environmental damage can’t always be undone or easily restored. AB 976 will not only help the Coastal Commission address existing Coastal Act violations, but will deter them from happening in the future.

Recommended by the legislative analyst’s office

AB 976 is the result of a recommendation by the legislative analyst’s office. Administrative penalty authority is already the norm: 21 state agencies already have the ability to confer administrative civil penalties, including the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, State Lands Commission, Oil Spill Response Administrator, and Air Resources Board.

The fair and limited procedure outlined in AB 976 ensures due process by following the same procedures already used by most state agencies: the Coastal Commission follows the Administrative Procedures Act, the same set of procedures followed by other state agencies that can issue administrative penalties. AB 976 will grant the Coastal Commission the ability to administratively impose fines upon serious and intentional violators of the Coastal Act, explicitly exempting, “unintentional, minor violations of this division that only cause de minimis harm.”

This common-sense bill will ensure that those who break the law are held accountable. The public entrusted the Coastal Commission with one of California’s most precious resources, and it is essential that the Commission have the authority to enforce the Coastal Act and protect the coast for future generations.

WhatYouCanDo

To help make sure it passes, please call your senator and urge an AYE vote on AB 976.

For information on how to contact your senator, go to http://senate.ca.gov/senators.

For more information , contact:

Kathryn Phillips
Kathryn.phillips@sierraclub.org
Desk: (916)557-1102
Cell: (916)893-8494

Edward Moreno
Edward.Moreno@sierraclub.org
desk: (916)557-1100, ext.  109

Kathryn Phillips, director, Sierra Club California