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Lloyd Billingsley
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I just read through some of the comments.

I was dumbfounded by the person who claimed "Nothing has been built; few properties have been upgraded in 40 years."

That, sir, is an outright untruth. Perhaps you simply do not have the faintest familiarity with the California coastline. But, if not, why the heck are you even opening your mouth?

I live 200 yards from a bay and about 400 to the tideline across a wide sand beach and I assure you, the million dollar plus homes that surround me are often quite luxurious and quite new. And those across the bay from me on a somewhat exlusive island are often simply spectacular.

Where does this person get this nonsense?

I have lived in Southern California for 61 years and have seen some truly egregious development -- but one of the most disgusting was the building of a private restaurant on a public beach -- one of the very incidents, if I recall correctly that spurred the creation of the commission.

Perhaps Lloyd Billingsley doesn't have the long perspective or perhaps he simply doesn't care about the ocean. I note that he lives in Sacramento. Perhaps the precious and very limited coastline -- a fragile resource that we all must share -- is simply not important to him. Perhaps he simply has a laissez faire agenda. Who knows? More than that -- who cares?

He speaks for himself and, perhaps, those with a similar agenda.

There are far more of us who love the ocean and our coastal areas -- but who don't want to "love it to death."

In the 1950s and 1960s I often drove with my family and later by myself from Orange County down to San Diego. Only at the very end of that period was it possible to drive all the way by freeway so I got to know the coastal highways between OC and San Diego very well. They were achingly beautiful.

But the protections afforded by the CCC stopped not far from the tideline -- which left large areas of marshlands and gorgeous, languid salt water lagoons largely unprotected from mass development. It breaks my heart, now, to drive those coastal roads and see the unsightly concrete and plastic buildings that were thrown up along those lagoons or that were built over drained marshes.

Lloyd Billingley does not speak for me. And if he was here in front of me, I would give him a piece of my mind.
The salvation of scenery ought to be the task of those who own it. Sell the coast then the owners would you can be sure protect it - and make it useable and useful at the same time.
jessefan in chapelhill July 01, 2012 at 11:43 AM
"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" - Ronald Reagan

Not to speak ill of the departed but I guess the above wasn't stated at the wake.
Under the left, these bureaucracies are instruments of repression. It's no surprise that a member of the commission was extorting money, as corruption always follows the grant of power.

There still remains a way for people to control entrenched bureaucracies, through the power of the ballot box. As I've mentioned elsewhere, Democrats include such bureaucracies as tools with which to drive away Republicans, thereby consolidating power in those poor souls unable to flee. Other tools include, of course, taxation, regulation, and lax immigration. An overwhelming control of the media is also essential.

It is indeed a pity that so successful a place as California has joined other places as nightmares of Democratic repression. The only hope for the people of California is some sort of awakening of the electorate, preceded perhaps by a leader who can tell the truth as to what's going on. Absent that, California's fate is to sink lower and lower until it is abandoned by all except those dependent on government, party apparatchiks, a fat (in every sense of the word) bureaucracy and a few at the top of the pyramid who remain untouched due to wealth and influence.

It's the fate of all those who put themselves at the mercy of the Democratic party - the most corrupt organization on the planet.
Great to hear from Mr. Billingsley, a very wise and authoritative commentator.

His "Hollywood Party" was -- and is -- a tour de force.
Bill Carrothers June 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM
Mr. Billingsley seems to be totally unfamiliar with the disastrous development of the East Coast, where private property zealots such as he have made their own personal fiefdom out of what really should be everyone's treasure.

It is amazing how many times I hear from tea-party zealots that their is some sort of "individual right" to put poorly planned developments in places that simply do not have the water resources to support the proposed development. Mr. Billingley must have been one of the crackpots that approved that worst ever disaster, the "Eco-Resort" in Seaside.
If you visit the beach in California it's like you are in a time warp. Nothing has been built; few properties have been upgraded in 40 years.
If you visit the beach in California it's like you are in a time warp. Nothing has been built; few properties have been upgraded in 40 years.