From ActCoastal

Year 2014
Month July
Location Ventura, CA
Description The July hearing contained a few items that were laden with controversy and debate. Coastal advocates were pleased the County of Los Angeles’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the Santa Monica Mountains segment was officially adopted. This area of L.A. County had been one of the largest areas of the coast without a certified LCP. The implementation of a new LCP will protect watershed and coastal resources. There was a Cease and Desist Order that required property owners to stop blocking public access to the beach and Ontario Ridge Trail by removing unpermitted fences, gates, and signs. There was also an item to expand hotel construction at the San Diego Port, the Commission rightly pointed out the lack of availability of low-to-moderate income rooms; after much debate, the applicant withdrew the application (see a blog here). Finally there was a very controversial item relating to the Trump National Golf Course (be sure to read the write-up on the issue).

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Ocean Trails- The Trump Organization The application included a request to amend the current permit to reconfigure 26 residential lots and two golf course lots resulting in reduced residential density. As part of the changes to the original permit, the Trump Organization also sought to gain retroactive approval of a 90-foot flagpole that had been illegally constructed 10 years ago and grading that had already been undertaken for the re-designed project. Green Dot.png
Ontario Ridge Trail Cease and Desist Order The Commission heard a Cease and Desist Order regarding illegal fencing, gates, and no trespassing signs blocking public access at Ontario Ridge Trail. This heavily visited hiking trail on the San Luis Obispo County coast, has been used for over 50 years to access a popular beach cove and a county park. The Ontario Ridge Trail transverses a private property, yet the trail has “prescriptive rights” dating back to the 1960s. Currently there are only two ways to access the beach—either drive to County Park lot, or hike along the Ontario Ridge Trail. The County of San Luis Obispo acquired two easements to facilitate public access and codify prescriptive rights. Some of the unpermitted fencing is located directly on the County easement. Despite the public having the clear right to utilize the trail, the fences are illegally keeping the public off the beach. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

July 2014 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Ocean Trails- The Trump OrganizationOntario Ridge Trail Cease and Desist Order
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote by Alternate Good Vote by Alternate
Garcia.png Dr. Robert Garcia Good Vote by Alternate Good Vote by Alternate
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote Good Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Good Vote Good Vote
GCox.png Greg Cox Good Vote Good Vote
Zimmer.jpg Jana Zimmer Good Vote Good Vote
Vargas.jpg Mark Vargas Good Vote Good Vote
McClure.jpg Martha McClure Good Vote Good Vote
Shallenberger.jpg Mary K. Shallenberger Good Vote Good Vote
Kinsey.jpg Steve Kinsey Good Vote Good Vote
Mitchell.jpg Wendy Mitchell Good Vote Good Vote