Another battle brews as Coastal Commission looks to hire new director

The search for a replacement for Charles Lester promises to be contentious, after last night’s firing of the top executive of the California Coastal Commission.

The powerful agency that manages development on California’s coastline voted 7-5 to oust Lester – after an impassioned hearing of nearly 12 hours. Environmentalists say Lester was fired because of pressure from development interests. Critics of Lester say his management of the office was plagued with delays and that decisions lack transparency.

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