Has Sierra Club gone “soft” on coastal protection?


Posted by on Sun, January 10, 2010

The Sierra Club recently eliminated Mark Massara’s position as Coastal Program Director.

The California Coastal Commissioners gave Massara the praise he has earned as a fierce and consistent advocate for coastal protection at the December 11, 2009, meeting in San Francisco.

Ross Mirkarimi, Coastal Commissioner and San Francisco Supervisor said, "The environmental movement has gone completely soft and slightly haywire."

Massara’s closing comments at the California Coastal Commission meeting in San Francisco, "Your right, you haven’t seen the last of me. I’m going to find a way to continue preaching environmental protection and sustainability because its good for the economy."

Link to Video of Coastal Commissioners comments to Mark Massara:


Sabrina Brennan

I couldn’t agree more with the “gone soft” comment. At the SF Park and Rec meeting regarding the restoration of Sharp Park golf course in Pacifica, the Loma Prieta Chapter (not the Bay Chapter) bucked every other environmental organization there and publicly endorsed the “Ginzberg Plan” retaining the golf course by “armoring” the coast. It’s time for Loma Prieta to clean up it’s act.

The youtube video linked above in Sabrina’s letter is well worth watching.

Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas has some important remarks regarding the role of public participation as envisioned in the original drafting of the Coastal Act in the early 1970s.

Comment 3
Mon, January 11, 2010 7:39pm
Barry Parr
All my comments

Good suggestion. I’ve made it easier to view by embedding the YouTube video in the page.