Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Statement on Legislation to Enhance Transparency between Developers and the Coastal Commission

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement on the passage/failure of SB 1190, a bill he co-authored and presented on the Assembly Floor banning members of the California Coastal Commission from meeting privately with developers and lobbyists.

“The Coastal Commission is responsible for decisions that have profound impacts on California’s iconic coastline. Unfortunately, far too often these decisions are being made behind closed doors with lobbyists who seek to exploit our coast for financial gain. I led the charge on SB 1190 to protect the integrity of the Coastal Act and shed light on the backroom conversations influencing the commissioners and staff.

As an Assemblymember of a coastal district, among my top priorities is preserving our treasured coasts and wetlands for future generations. I intend to continue our work to make the Commission answerable to the people, rather than lobbyists and moneyed interests.”

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

CONTACT: Jesse M. Switzer, (562) 429-0470