California Coastal Commission

Greta Mart

January 24 is the deadline to submit public comment on a draft long-term plan by California State Parks for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA). Part of the plan calls for development of the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area. State Parks is proposing to pave the area and create a new campground for RVs, cabins and tents, but many Central Coast residents are against it.

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Off-highway vehicle riding across the sand dunes and beach at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on the Central Coast will continue as is, at least for now. The California Coastal Commission has voted to continue the conversation for another year, with eight of the ten commissioners in favor of sending a letter to California State Parks, asking that several issues within the park be addressed by that agency between now and summer of 2020.

Courtesy of the Friends of Oceano Dunes

Off-highway vehicle riding across the sand dunes and beach at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on the Central Coast may soon be curtailed. The California Coastal Commission is slated to take a hard look at park operations in July.

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Nipomo Mesa residents dressed in red, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts wore blue on Wednesday, squaring off at a meeting of the California Coastal Commission about Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area in San Luis Obispo County. 

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Tuesday the California Coastal Commission issued an order turning private coastline into a mile-long public beach near Santa Barbara. The Commission sent an environmental cease, desist and restore order to the owners of the Cojo Jalama Ranches near Point Conception.

Gary Griggs

Cemex is a Mexican multinational company that manufactures and distributes building supplies in over 50 countries; key Cemex products are cement and ready-mix concrete. The company operates the Cemex Lapis Sand Plant on a beach about eight miles north of Monterey and despite the state closing all the other sand mines operating along the coast years ago, the Cemex mine is different because of its specific location. The company maintains it has a longtime, vested right to operate there, and that those operations are not the cause of beach erosion in the area. 

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Friday marked the anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill. On May 19, 2015, a two-foot-diameter underground pipeline named Line 901 ruptured near Santa Barbara County’s Refugio State Beach. By the time the line was shut off, over 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilled over coastal bluffs and into the ocean. It took hundreds of workers more than two months to clean up - at a cost of over $100 million dollars. 

KCBX Two-Way: Monterey County's Cemex sand mine

May 19, 2017
Gary Griggs

In March of 2016, the California Coastal Commission sent a cease and desist warning to the Cemex company over its sand mine on the Monterey County coast. Cemex, a multinational company headquartered in Mexico, operates the Cemex Lapis Sand plant on a beach about eight miles north of Monterey. The company’s customers use the mined sand in products ranging from water filtration systems to golf courses to concrete. But the facility has long been controversial in the area, and this week there was a new development. 


This week the White House announced President Obama has removed large areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from all future oil and gas exploration. But the president did not include Central Coast waters - or the rest of the West Coast - under the umbrella of permanent protection, at least not yet. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Assembly is now considering a bill designed to bar private communications with Coastal Commissioners by outside parties.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Coastal Commission and Staff are in the hands of a new leader this week. This comes after a vote Wednesday night in Morro Bay to oust Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-to-5 late Wednesday to dismiss Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester, at the close of a long day of public hearings in Morro Bay.

Randol White

A highly-charged California Coastal Commission meeting in Morro Bay Wednesday has city leaders planning for large crowds and traffic congestion. 

Initially the Inn at Morro Bay was hosting the Commission hearing, but with media outlets and protestors expected to swarm the small coastal town, Wednesday's venue has been changed to the City's Community Center.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission wrapping up public comment Friday after hearing from hundreds of people voicing opposition to an oil-by-rail plan over a two day period.

Not everyone has been heard though, so commissioners must carry those over to the next scheduled meeting on February 25, 2016. 

Tom Wilmer

Public and political support is growing for the executive director of the California Coastal Commission, who is faced with an upcoming termination vote by its 12 voting members.

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Stormy conditions are changing the course of action of an emergency project on the Central Coast.

Construction of a massive sand berm to prevent flood damage along the popular Goleta Beach Park began at the start of the month, but recent high tides set crews back to the beginning stages.

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California Coastal Commission staff is recommending that the rock wall at Goleta Beach County Park get a 20 year extension to remain in place. 

The 12-hundred foot long wall has been the topic of much debate.

Local environmentalists, including the Santa Barbara Surfrider chapter, say that studies show rock seawalls eventually work against sandy beaches, causing them to disappear. Supporters of the wall say it helps protect key areas of the park, including the lawn. 

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 A popular hiking trail on the San Luis Obispo County Coast is set to be reopened to the public by next weekend.

The California Coastal Commission announced today that the Ontario Ridge Trail connecting Pismo Beach with Pirates Cove will have public access restored by the 17th. Land owners Robert and Judith McCarthy of Bakersfield have agreed to remove fencing and signs they had installed several months ago at the trail entrance.

Randol White

The ongoing project to bring an emergency water supply to the Cambria area got unanimous support from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Fees totaling $13,293 were waived for a Coastal Development Permit, needed by the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) to move forward with their plans for a permanent solution to the area's ongoing water woes.

This Saturday, September 20, is the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Several organized efforts are taking place along the beaches of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

In California alone last year it's estimated more than 70,000 people collected nearly a million pounds of trash.

Eben Schwartz is the marine debris manager for the California Coastal Commission. He says the Central Coast plays a big role in those numbers.

Tarren Collins

UPDATE: July 11, 2014 at 10:49 a.m.  

The California Coast Commission ruled unanimously Friday morning in favor of a Cease and Desist Order, demanding Robert and Judith McCarthy remove fencing and signage restricting access to San Luis Obispo County's Ontario Ridge Trail.

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The Ontario Ridge Trail is located between Shell Beach and Avila and has seen a steady stream of hikers for nearly 50 years.