When the Coastal Act was passed in 1972 it seemed like a great idea at the time. Had I been of age I probably would have voted for it. “The fly in the ointment” as they say, is, of course, The Coastal Commission, the 12 un-elected bureaucrats charged with administering the Coastal Act. How this all relates to coastal development is a topic for another forum. What bothers me most is that they have fought to gain more public access to our beaches but failed to provide infrastructures like bathrooms and parking. California wouldn’t create a new State Park or a State Beach without this critical infrastructure so why public beach access? The MRCA is another agency with a big taxpayer-funded budget and vast power. Again, the mission sounded great, buy up tracts of land in the Santa Monica Mountains to be used by the public for recreation and enjoyment of nature. But what does the all-powerful agency do when it doesn’t get what it wants? Use the taxpayer’s money to bully private property owners through expensive lawsuits. These are complex problems without clear cut solutions but I believe that the way forward must include an ongoing dialog with these agencies and our representatives at the State level.