Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Water-Starved Citizens and Privileged Criminals: California’s model for the country

K. Lloyd Billingsley

 A new California Coastal Commission staff report rejects approval of the Poseidon Water desalination plant in Huntington Beach, the California Globe reports, “potentially depriving Southern California of a major future source of fresh water.”

Arid California desperately needs new water sources, but the people don’t get to make this call. Neither do their elected representatives. The California Coastal Commission decides, and there is a backstory here people everywhere should know.

The unelected commission overrode scores of elected city and county governments on land-use issues. Douglas ran roughshod over property rights, and on his watch, the CCC combined regulatory zealotry with high-level corruption. Commissioner Mark Nathanson, for example, extorted payments from Hollywood celebrities and others seeking coastal building permits...MORE

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