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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Coastal Champion Dies

Peter Douglas, long-time executive director of the California Coastal Commission, has died, following a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 69.
“Peter passed peacefully on Sunday, at his sister’s home in La Quinta. He was surrounded by his family and friends and at peace,” a CCC press release states.
“[His] name will forever be synonymous with coastal protection in California. The arc of his commitment is long and like no other. Although he could also be a master of principled compromise, for more than 40 years, he has been Gandalf to the developers’ Balrog, standing resolute on tenuous footing while declaring, “You. Shall. Not. Pass.”
“Peter dedicated his life to coastal protection through activism, education, litigation, political advocacy and public service. He co-wrote the Coastal Initiative (Prop 20) that created the Coastal Commission in 1972, helped organize the winning campaign for its overwhelming passage, then wrote and staffed the Coastal Act which Governor Brown signed into law in 1976.
Douglas was the Coastal Commission’s executive director for 26 years.

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