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Coastal SagePeter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore$
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Thomas J. Osborne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283084

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283084.001.0001

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Few Safe Harbors

Few Safe Harbors

Peter M. Douglas’s Formative Years

(p.1) One Few Safe Harbors
Coastal Sage

Thomas J. Osborne

University of California Press

Roughly the first 30 years of Peter Douglas’s life are sketched, from his birth in WW II Berlin, Germany to his landing a job with California Assemblyperson Alan Sieroty in 1971. His family’s wartime traumas affected him, while afterward his moving to coastal Southern California assuaged painful memories and opened new opportunities for ocean swimming, surfing, diving, and working on boats. Douglas’s grandmother, Alice Ehlers, exerted a profound influence on his ethical development as did Henri Lohrengel, a teacher. Later, Douglas’s wife helped shape his liberal politics. After overseas travel and law school completion, he worked for Sieroty, thereby embarking on a lifetime career in coastal governance.

Keywords:   WW II Berlin, Alice Ehlers, Henri Lohrengel, Alan Sieroty, liberal politics

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