Legislators react to coastal chief ouster

Sacramento — Opponents of the recent ouster of the California Coastal Commission's executive director Charles Lester remain sure his removal was the result of influence by developers who want more sway on building projects along the state's coastline – and not the result of more mundane management issues, as pro-ouster commissioners argued.

The commission's behind-closed-doors vote last week – and lack of a forthright explanation – reinforced the worst fears of Lester's defenders, even though they haven't provided much evidence to back their view, either. Nevertheless, legislators jumped into the fray on Tuesday with a bill designed to spotlight developer influence on the commission.