View of Avila Beach located in San Luis Obispo Bay. (courtesy photo)
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California has many serious problems: roads and bridges that are crumbling, a state pension system that is underfunded by billions, and prisons so overcrowded that criminals are being released, just to name a few.

With these and many other problems facing our state, I am stunned that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is worried about people being able to afford to go to the beach (Assembly Bill 250 introduced last week).

I’d like a steak dinner in Beverly Hills every month but I can’t afford it, so I go without. It’s called living within your means. Something Democrats will never understand.

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  • Brian Baker

    Yeah, no kidding.

  • Ron Bischof

    Ms. Gonzalez is promoting more tax subsidies. Please note that her party has no limiting principles regarding subsidies and wealth transfer.

    “All you have to do, is to see whether the law takes from some what belongs to them in order to give it to others to whom it does not belong. We must see whether the law performs, for the profit of one citizen and to the detriment of others, an act which that citizen could not perform himself without being guilty of a crime. Repeal such a law without delay. … [I]f you don’t take care, what begins by being an exception tends to become general, to multiply itself, and to develop into a veritable system.” – Frédéric Bastiat

    CHAPTER 10. Lower Cost Coastal Accommodations Program

    31411. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

    (a) The right of access to the coast is guaranteed to the people of California by the California Constitution and the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000)), which requires that coastal development be regulated, and public access rights to our state’s beaches be protected.

    (b) California’s Parks Forward Commission has emphasized the need to expand access to parks and public lands throughout California to ensure that all Californians and visitors to the state, including those from low-income and underserved communities, are able to benefit from outdoor experiences.

    (c) Lower cost accommodations, including hotels, motels, hostels, and camping opportunities, are essential elements of coastal and park access because they enable Californians and visitors from a variety of backgrounds, including those of low and moderate income, to enjoy California’s beaches and parks and experience the full range of recreational, educational, spiritual, and other experiences offered.

    (d) A lack of affordable accommodations remains a barrier to coastal access. California’s historic supply of lower cost coastal accommodations has been reduced, and continues to be diminished, as a result of high coastal property values and economic pressures to develop new coastal accommodations that are too expensive to be affordable to most visitors.

    (e) California should invest in new strategies and partnerships to improve the availability of lower cost accommodations along the coast, particularly for low-income and middle-income families. A strategic program to provide affordable accommodations in appropriate areas of our coastal parks and public lands can play an important role in improving public access to the coast. California should also support innovative pilot projects that enable the state to partner with the private sector to provide access.