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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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High Tide

High Tide

The Executive Director Years

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(p.92) Five High Tide
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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/9780520283084.003.0005

The book’s core, this chapter treats Douglas’s somewhat unconventional personality and his management of staff before surveying his role in the commission’s handling of 12 representative issues and/or cases that came before that agency during his executive directorship (1985-2011). In many ways a maverick administrator, he carefully selected staffers and then trained them to be coastal warriors. His 26-year tenure as agency chief attested to his superb political skills, which he deployed not only to defeat various attempts to fire him, but also to maximize the clout of the Coastal Act. Lawsuits and/or commission decisions involving Malibu beach access, the Jonathan Club, Marine Forests Society, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and the 241 Toll Road are highlighted.

Keywords:   coastal warriors, Malibu beach access, Jonathan Club lawsuit, Marine Forests lawsuit, Bolsa Chica lawsuit, 241 Toll Road

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