The first thing to look at is what the Coastal Commission is. They are a commission made up of mostly appointed members, and have little to no oversight. I think the commission probably started out as a good thing, but you know what they say about power … it corrupts. You can do a quick google search on things they oppose and decide for yourself.
I live on the Northern California coast, and I’ve seen them oppose the smallest of things, as well as a very much needed building project just a couple miles from my home.
There is a group of people who want to build self-sufficient housing for special needs adults with developmental issues. It is on a strip of coastal land that is basically a no man’s land, and the self-sufficient part is that there would be no state money used for the project. There would be a small retail business park built with the housing that would finance the cost for these special need adults to live. The Coastal Commission has fought this tooth and nail from the beginning, and when all the necessary changes were made to the plans (in their eyes), that’s when all the other conservation groups jumped in and picked up the fight. So yeah, the CC made such a big deal in the beginning, and those other groups picked up on it and continued the fight. Now the CC is actually sticking their hands out and saying that they’re okay with the project, but you’ll now have to fight a half dozen other conservation groups, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
So now a strip of land that no one ever cared about is more important than a bunch of adults with disabilities, I say their conservation efforts are aimed at the wrong thing.
What does this have to do with a multi-millionaire who wants to build 5 huge houses on a ridge? More than you think. Because it’s how this appointed commission works, and how they say they’ve done their part and can wash their hands in good faith to all of it.