BY DONNA WESTFALL
In the early 1970’s, the public wanted access to beaches. Out of that simple desire, the California Coastal Commission was created. All these years later, the Commission has amassed a multi-million dollar budget and far more power than ever imagined.
In our community the Vets have been trying to build a memorial going on 8 years now. What’s standing in their way? The California Coastal Commission. In Roger Gitlin’s article dated May 25th, he writes about this travesty along with the lots in Pacific Shores being sold at garage sale prices to create a wetlands. How much more land does our County need to absorb?
I agree with Supervisor Gitlin in that Kellogg Beach would make a spectacular RV site along with erecting windmills to generate power. However, that will probably never come to pass because of the California Coastal Commission standing in it’s way.
Here is Roger Gitlins letter to the Supreme Court. Please feel free to send a letter to the Supreme Court yourself by changing it to reflect your concerns, then include your name, address and contact information.
Del Norte County Supervisor
981 H St., Suite200 FlynnCenter
Crescent City, California95531
(707) 464-0801 direct line
(707) 951-6361 cell
May 25, 2013
Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye
Associate Justice Joyce Kenard
Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter\Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar
Associate Justice Ming W.Chin
Associate Justice Carol Corrigan
Associate Justice Goodwin Liu
California Supreme Court:
I write you as a private citizen. This letter does not necessarily represent the sentiment of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.
Enclosed is a recent Op / Ed I authored in The Triplicate entitled Supreme Court must rein in Coastal Commission. The thesis of my article focuses on the failure of the checks and balances system in our State government. I am of the opinion, The California Coastal Commission operates as its own government with the GoldenState and it rules with virtual impunity. Edits, pronouncements, regulations, and rules have no boundary in this Agency. Clearly, the Commission’s governance borders on the verge of complete autonomy as there are virtually NO checks and balances from the Executive or Legislative branches of government. It would appear there is no oversight from our Judiciary, either.
As I stated in my opening sentence, I write you as a private citizen but, indeed, I am the sitting Supervisor in a remote California county who observes the purview of this Agency as excessive, expansive, and growing. One would only have to look at the Agency’s original mission on coastal access, when it was founded in 1974, to see the California Coastal Commission has morphed into something unrecognizable. Four decades later the Agency demands our County donate four acres to receive permission to develop one acre to extend the runway of our local airport. In yet another egregious case, our local veterans have patiently waited over eight years for a permit to build a monument at our harbor honoring all five branches of the military. Why do I write you? I do so with the hope that you will comprehend our plight to survive is one that is shared by 57 other counties and countless municipalities up and down the State.
Cannot this Judiciary rein in the out-of-control unconstitutional reach of the California Coastal Commission? Is there no protocol for our Judiciary to limit the authority of the Commission to its original mission?
I am and remain hopeful the branch of government you lead and least affected by political whim will the branch of government that re-defines boundaries of our checks and balances system for California.
Del Norte Supervisor District I