From ActCoastal

Year 2019
Month September
Location Newport Beach
Description The Coastal Commission’s September hearing took place in Newport Beach on Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, September 13. Commissioners heard several items related to water quality, beach access, shoreline preservation and sea level rise. The hearing resulted in two vote charts concerning the repurposing of Chevron ocean outfall pipes in San Luis Obispo County and the repair of the pier and boat hoist at Gaviota State Beach.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Cayucos Sanitary District Chevron Outfall Repurposing The Cayucos Sanitary District (CSD) proposed to repurpose an existing Chevron Estero Marine Terminal offshore pipeline for use as a treated wastewater effluent outfall with discharge from a new tertiary Water Resource Recovery Facility that the CSD is constructing further inland. The proposed work is part of a larger project called the Cayucos Sustainable Water Project that ultimately seeks to achieve 100% reuse of the treated effluent produced by the CSWP. Surfrider opposed repurposing Chevron’s ocean outfall in Cayucos and instead urged Cayucos to find a way to recycle their water, find creative storage solutions or share an existing outfall with the City of Cambria. Surfrider was concerned the community may become dependent on this outfall, using it for other needs rather than planning for zero ocean outfall. Commissioner Mike Wilson addressed this concern by adding a special condition prohibiting any other uses for the outfall. Commissioners approved the project unanimously. Green Dot.png
Gaviota State Beach Pier Repair The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) submitted a coastal development permit for the repair and reconstruction of the pier at Gaviota State Park as well as the installation of a rip-rap seawall. The Gaviota pier provided the only public boat launch facility used to access Hollister and Bixby Ranches, which are otherwise inaccessible. The staff recommendation approved the pier rebuild, however prohibited the riprap seawall, instead requiring State Parks to design the landward portion of the pier with a metal grated material to avoid the need for a seawall. State Parks claims that option is feasible; however the agency opposed the recommendation due to financial concerns. The Surfrider Foundation strongly supported the staff recommendation, citing the potential for sensitive habitat impacts within the Kashayit Marine Conservation Area and unmitigated public access impacts. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

September 2019 Meeting

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

Commissioner Cayucos Sanitary District Chevron Outfall RepurposingGaviota State Beach Pier Repair
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote Good Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote by Alternate Absent for Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Absent for Vote Bad Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Good Vote Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote by Alternate Good Vote by Alternate
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Absent for Vote Absent for Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Absent for Vote Good Vote