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Year 2021
Month May
Location Virtual
Description The Coastal Commission’s May meeting took place on Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14. The meeting started off with a presentation that unveiled a new online map of the California Coastal Trail and a report that the 1,230 mile trail is 70% complete. Other noteworthy items included a new development at Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park in San Clemente and a rebuild of the Mirada Bridge pedestrian trail in Half Moon Bay. These both resulted in vote charts. The Commission also approved a new CalTrans project on the Pacific Coastal Highway in Ventura County and a rebuild of the Santa Monica Beach Club, both described below.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park - Vote On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission considered the application for construction of a new mobile home at Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park, which was pulled from February’s consent agenda at the Surfrider Foundation’s request. Recent home sales records show the mobile homes are valued at the $2 - $7 million range despite already being at water’s edge. The new home would rely on an existing seawall and be subject to sea level rise hazards both present and future. While the Coastal Commission staff recommendation does include a condition that states that the new development does not have a future automatic right to a shoreline protective device; this new development will still rely on shoreline armoring, which is prohibited in the Coastal Act. Commissioners agreed the location and coastal hazards were concerning but approved the application due to the “mobile” nature of the proposed development in a 7-2 vote. Red Dot.png
Mirada Bridge Rebuild - Half Moon Bay The Coastal Commission approved the San Mateo County Department of Public Works (DPW) application to replace the Mirada Road coastal trail bridge at the same location over Arroyo de en Medio Creek along with coastal armoring. The proposed project would include demolition of the concrete arch bridge, replacement of the pedestrian bridge, and installation of armoring on the north and south sides of the Arroyo to protect the bridge abutment areas. While the project has obvious public access benefits associated with restoring CCT access at this shoreline location, it also includes significant armoring that leads to adverse coastal resource impacts, including on beach and shoreline access now and over time.

Special Condition 2, the Public Access Mitigation Plan requires a new access stairway and access amenities. It is wholly insufficient to offset the coastal resource and ecological impacts of the proposed bridge rebuild and associated shoreline armoring. The Surfrider Foundation opposed the project and instead supported moving the trail inland as a better long-term solution in terms of financial cost and coastal resource impact. The Coastal Commission unanimously approved the permit.

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Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

May 2021 Meeting

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

Commissioner Capistrano Shores Mobile Home Park - VoteMirada Bridge Rebuild - Half Moon Bay
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Bad Vote Bad Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Bad Vote Bad Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Bad Vote Bad Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Bad Vote Bad Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Bad Vote Bad Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Bad Vote Bad Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Absent for Vote Bad Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote Bad Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Bad Vote Bad Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote Bad Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Absent for Vote Bad Vote