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California's Coastal Act: The Next 40 Years 

November 17, 2016, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

8:15 - 9:00a

Registration & Breakfast


 Welcome & Opening

Jordan Diamond,  Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Davis School of Law


 Introduction: Forty Years for the California Coastal Act

Richard Frank, Executive Director, California Environmental Law & Policy Center, UC Davis School of Law


 Panel I: Critical Perspectives on Coastal Act Implementation

The California Coastal Act is a nation-leading conservation and management law that arose from a citizen-led initiative – Proposition 20 of 1972 – and an intensive three-year public education and consultation process. This panel will highlight major themes that run through the Coastal Act and that are highly relevant today, and identify cross-cutting issues that will shape implementation of the Act over the next 40 years. 

ModeratorLetise Lafeir, California Ocean Policy Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium 
  •  Pedro Nava, Chair, Little Hoover Commission
  •  Senator Fran Pavley, California's 27th District
  •  Effie Turnbull-Sanders, California Coastal Commissioner




 Panel II: Public Access to the California Coast

Preserving public access to California's coastal resources was one of the driving issues that prompted passage of the Coastal Act, and it remains perhaps the most important—and certainly the most controversial—obligation of the Coastal Commission four decades later. This panel will discuss the history of public access to the coast, key past, present, and future access controversies in California, legal requirements for and constitutional limits on mandated coastal access, and how future public access to the coast can be ensured for all. 

ModeratorRick Frank, Executive Director, California Environmental Law & Policy Center, UC Davis School of Law 
  •  Marlene Finley, Director, San Mateo County Parks
  •  Robert Garcia, Founding Director & Counsel, The City Project
  •  Damien Schiff, Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
  •  Jack Ainsworth, Acting Executive Director, California Coastal Commission


Lunch & Keynote Address

 Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency
(Buffet lunch commences at 12:30pm and remarks will begin at 1:00pm)


 Panel III: Coordinating & Collaborating to Manage the Coast

In addition to the Coastal Commission, a multitude of local, state, federal, and nongovernmental entities have authorities that apply within the coastal zone. A key opportunity for and challenge to robust coastal governance is ensuring effective and efficient coordination and collaboration between them. This café-style conversation will explore past successes and current challenges to cultivating collaborative efforts, systems, and implementation strategies. 

ModeratorJordan Diamond, Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law 
  •  Deborah Halberstadt, Director, Ocean Protection Council
  •  Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem, Oxnard City Council
  •  Mary Small, Deputy Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy
  •  Becky Smyth, West Coast Director, NOAA Office for Coastal Management




 Panel IV: Rising Seas & Storms

Increasing temperatures are forecasted to raise global sea levels by over a meter in this century, and to exacerbate storms in frequency and intensity. Coastal managers and residents will have to respond to these changing conditions. Speakers on this panel will discuss the current state of predictions and forecasts, existing authorities to guide response, the California Coastal Commission's sea level rise guidance and surrounding context, and what more is needed to help the California Coast prepare for and adapt to changing conditions. 

ModeratorSean Hecht, Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law 
  •  Sarah Newkirk, Coastal Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  •  Sandi Potter, Manager, Comprehensive Planning Division, Sonoma County
  •  Madeline Cavalieri, Manger, Local Coastal Program Grants, California Coastal Commission


 Discussion Roundtable

Participants will summarize takeaways from the day's panels and identify key themes, questions and challenges, and possible next steps.


 Wrap-up & Adjournment



Please join us for wine, cheese, and continuing conversation about the California Coast