Richard Halstead, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
Numerous constituents Wednesday urged Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael to rethink his opposition to a bill that would grant the California Coastal Commission the power to fine violators of the state’s Coastal Act.
Created by voter initiative in the 1970s, the commission’s mission is "to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the California coastline."
Levine received the free advice during a public hearing that he convened "on protecting California’s coast," at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in Tiburon. Before inviting public comments, Levine listened to presentations by three panels of experts. The panelists included Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission executive director Charles Lester, leaders of environmental organizations who expressed admiration for the commission, and two lawyers who are currently involved in suits against the commission.