A Comparison of California's Coastal Programs

by William Travis, San Francisco Bay Conservation &, Development Commission, San, Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


California is the only state that has two distinct coastal management programs for two different geographic segments of the state's coastal zone, with each program administered by a separate state agency operating under its own unique enabling and policy legislation. The California Coastal Commission has authority over the ocean coastline segment of the coastal zone, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has authority over the management of San Francisco Bay. To gain some perspective on why the current political views of the two commissions differ so markedly, this comparison looks principally at three elements in each program: (1) major responsibilities, (2) geographic jurisdiction; and (3) organizational structure. Although the comparison utilizes earlier research material, it is based largely on the direct observations of the author who has served in policy level positions in both agencies.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Comparative studies | Bays | Legislation | Aging (material) | Structural members | State government | California | United States

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