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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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Coastal Conservation, Politics, and a New Commission

Coastal Conservation, Politics, and a New Commission

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(p.60) Four Coastal Conservation, Politics, and a New Commission
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Coastal Sage
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Thomas J. Osborne

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283084.003.0004

Set against the backdrop of the presidential election of 1972 and Republican Richard M. Nixon’s calculated support for the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the failed effort in California to obtain passage of a statewide law regulating the shore is detailed, followed by enactment of Proposition 20 and the California Coastal Act. Exhilaration from passage of these two foundational state laws was short-lived as the Golden State’s next governor, Republican George Deukmejian, slashed the new Coastal Commission’s budget in the early 1980s and afterward did all he could to dismantle the agency, headed by Michael L. Fischer. By then Douglas, en route to becoming the commission’s next executive director, guided it through the hard times.

Keywords:   Richard M. Nixon, Proposition 20, California Coastal Act, George Deukmejian, Michael L. Fischer

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