(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in response to the California Coastal Commission's 7-5 vote to dismiss its Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lester.
"I am deeply disappointed by the Coastal Commission's decision to fire Dr. Charles Lester. His termination represents a tremendous loss for California's majestic coastline. Open access to our state's beautiful beaches and wetlands depends upon proper enforcement of the Coastal Act. As an Assemblymember representing a coastal district, I want to thank all the individuals who engaged and stood with Dr. Lester and our environment."