Coastal Watchdog Gives After-the-Fact OK to Bay Area Seawall

The construction of a seawall and its contribution to beach erosion took center stage at the California Coastal Commission’s monthly meeting Wednesday, in the form of a debate between those looking to prevent flooding of a public golf course and those who say seawalls damage beaches and are too little, too late in the face of climate change.

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California Sues to Keep Border Wall Off Environmental Fast Track

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra – standing steps from the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego – said Wednesday he and the California Coastal Commission have sued the federal government for circumventing state and federal environmental laws in order to speed up construction of the border wall.

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Coastal Commission Pulls Plug on Beach Development, for Now

The plan to turn an oil field on the Southern California coast into a housing project – as proposed to the California Coastal Commission last year – is effectively dead, but some commissioners only agreed to kill with an eye toward resurrecting a different version down the road.

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