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The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.

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Property Owners

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Property owners can apply for a Coastal Development Permit to legally develop their property within the California Coastal Zone

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Local Governments

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Many local governments are empowered to issue Coastal Development Permits through Local Coastal Plans

Informed Citizens

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Everyone can learn about our coast & how to protect it. Join a beach cleanup, get teacher resources & grants, help out & have fun

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The fully revised 7th Edition has information on more than 1,150 public access areas.

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Help protect & restore the priceless resources of California's coast & ocean

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Donate to the Protect Our Coast & Oceans Fund on your California Tax Form

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John "Jack" Ainsworth, 58, came to the Coastal Commission from the private sector in 1989 as a Coastal Program Analyst. Over the past 27 years, he has shouldered a variety of responsibilities including overseeing the South Central and South Coast (LA County) district offices and as the agency's Senior Deputy Director beginning in May 2015. He was appointed Acting Executive Director in March 2016. Ainsworth has a BA in Environmental Studies & Geography and an MSc in Geography from the University of California, Riverside.

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