The California Coastal Commission’s Headquarters and North Central Coast District offices have moved into our new location. Our new address is:
455 Market Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94105
Commission phone numbers for the San Francisco office will remain the same. Staff contact information is available here.
Coronavirus Disease Update
Please note that public counter hours for all Commission offices are currently suspended in light of the coronavirus. However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, the Commission remains open for business, and you can contact staff by phone, email, and regular mail (see staff contact information at www.coastal.ca.gov/contact). In addition to the regular means required by the regulations or statute, please make sure that you also send a copy of all correspondence or other documents electronically, to the email for the relevant Commission staff person. If you are not sure who the correct staff member is, please consult the District and Programs Contact list at www.coastal.ca.gov/contact. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.
The April 2020 Coastal Commission Meeting is Cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the April 2020 Coastal Commission meeting is cancelled. We understand this may be an inconvenience and burden and we truly regret the disruption. For the May Commission meeting, we are currently working to develop the structure and procedures for a remote or “virtual” meeting in order to assure the health and safety of the public, commissioners and staff. Unfortunately, these new measures will not be in place in time for the April hearing. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. Our virtual offices remain open.
The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.
Proposed Water Supply for Trinidad Rancheria Hotel
As a condition of its August 2019 concurrence for a proposed hotel on the Trinidad Rancheria, the Commission required the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to provide evidence that hotel water would be provided from the City of Trinidad or another water supply that is acceptable to the Executive Director, accompanied by an analysis of effects to coastal resources.
On September 11, 2020 the BIA submitted this letter to satisfy this condition requirement. It states that water will primarily be provided by two wells on the Trinidad Rancheria, and that some trucking of water or a third well may also be needed. It references further information about this proposal available in the project’s final Environmental Assessment (which starts on page 275 of this linked document) and an appendix to the final project EA. Recognizing the public interest in this proposed project, Commission staff is accepting public comments on the BIA’s submittal until 5:00 pm on October 19, 2020. Please direct questions and comments to email@example.com.
Cal-Am withdrawal letter:
SAN FRANCISCO _ The California Coastal Commission cancelled the special hearing scheduled for Thursday, after the California American Water Company (Cal-Am) withdrew their application to build a desalination plant in Marina.
As a public agency with an important public trust we wish to respect, honor and recognize this moment in our nation’s history, a movement – righteous, painful, necessary and long overdue which demands our society confront the reality of systemic racism and injustice which persists in our culture. As we participate in or just witness the movement of thousands across our nation in many communities taking to the streets to call for action, we are reminded this opportunity will require more than protests.
On May 13, 2020, the Coastal Commission adopted “Making California’s Coast Resilient to Sea Level Rise: Principles for Aligned State Action”. These principles were co-developed by 17 state agencies with coastal and climate change responsibilities to guide unified, effective action towards sea level rise resilience for California’s coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies. More information on this effort and the full principles can be found here.
The Protect Our Coast and Ocean fund on the California tax form supports coastal access, beach cleanups, pollution prevention, habitat restoration, public awareness, and more. Make a donation when you file your state taxes and join the nation’s first youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman in supporting the California coast. Learn more at CheckTheCoast.org.
Announcing a new series of 5 minute videos that explore broad themes and topics related to coastal access in California. Produced by Rigler Creative with funding from a Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant, the five titles are:
On January 6, 2020, the California Coastal Commission and California State Lands Commission jointly filed a lawsuit to ensure full public access to Martin’s Beach for all future generations. The lawsuit contends that the public’s historic use of Martin’s Beach as a public beach since at least the early 1900s has established permanent rights for the public to access and recreate at Martin’s Beach. Click here to read the joint press release and click here for a copy of the complaint.
The Commission is interested to hear more about your experiences at Martin’s Beach. If you or your family has a history of use of Martin’s Beach, please take a moment to fill out the Commission’s Survey, which you can access by clicking here. You can send in the survey, written statements of your story, and any photographs you have by email to MartinsBeachPRS@coastal.ca.gov or in writing to the address on the survey.
The Public Review Draft of the Commission’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is out for review. You may participate in these efforts by providing written comments through February 14, 2020. Comments can also be provided verbally at the December and February Coastal Commission hearings.
Property owners can apply for a Coastal Development Permit to legally develop their property within the California Coastal Zone
Many local governments are empowered to issue Coastal Development Permits through Local Coastal Plans
Everyone can learn about our coast & how to protect it. Join a beach cleanup, get teacher resources & grants, help out & have fun
Explore thousands of California Coastal Access locations with the YourCoast Web app
California Coastal Trail
Find inspiration in the stories that shaped the iconic California Coastal Trail.
California Coastal Access Guide
The fully revised 7th Edition has information on more than 1,150 public access areas.
Whale Tail® License Plate
Help protect & restore the priceless resources of California's coast & ocean
Access the coast with ease in a free beach wheelchair, available throughout California
Check the Coast
Donate to the Protect Our Coast & Oceans Fund on your California Tax Form
John "Jack" Ainsworth, 58, came to the Coastal Commission from the private sector in 1989 as a Coastal Program Analyst. Over the past 27 years, he has shouldered a variety of responsibilities including overseeing the South Central and South Coast (LA County) district offices and as the agency's Senior Deputy Director beginning in May 2015. He was appointed Acting Executive Director in March 2016. Ainsworth has a BA in Environmental Studies & Geography and an MSc in Geography from the University of California, Riverside.