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Jordan Sanchez, young man in sport blazer and collared shirt, standing outside near a vintage VW bus
Mr. Jordan Sanchez, Enforcement Officer, California Coastal Commission

The California coastline would look very different today, if it had not been for the creation of the California Coastal Commission (CCC).   About 30% of southern California coastline is “hard armored” and much of it is private, making the coast inaccessible to the general public.  The CCC was formed in 1972 with a mission to protect California coastal resources and public access.  But what does enforcement of this public good look like?  Mr. Jordan Sanchez, CCC Enforcement Officer, will share stories from the field.   

Enforcement of the California Coastal Act:

How Chapter 9 of the Act Protects the Coast

Speaker: Mr. Jordan Sanchez, Enforcement Officer, California Coastal Commission

Tuesday, September 1

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Online via Zoom
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Video Available

About the Topic

The mission of the California Coastal Commission’s Enforcement Program is to uphold the requirements of the California Coastal Act and that Act’s mandate to protect coastal resources, including coastal habitats, coastal public access and recreation, and other coastal resources. The Enforcement Program works to ensure that all non-exempt development along the California coast, including in certain coastal mountains, undergoes the Act’s independent permit review process and secures the required Coastal Development Permit (CDP). The Commission’s Enforcement Program also works to ensure compliance with all terms and conditions of CDPs previously issued by the Commission. In certain cases, the enforcement program also helps to enforce compliance with the Local Coastal Programs of local coastal governments and the Coastal Act.

In this session Jordan Sanchez will give an overview of the Commission’s Enforcement Program. He will share specific example cases that highlight how Coastal Act enforcement processes protect the California coast.

About the Speaker

Jordan Sanchez is an Enforcement Officer with the California Coastal Commission in the South Coast District office located in Long Beach, California. During his 5 years at the Commission, Jordan has worked to resolve violations of the Coastal Act that have resulted in the opening of illegally blocked coastal accessways, the restoration of coastal sage scrub, coastal bluffs and dunes, wetlands, and other native coastal habitats. He is also a member of the Commission’s Environmental Justice team, an opportunity that has allowed him to work closely with environmental justice groups, the public, and Commission staff to develop and implement the Commission’s Environmental Justice Policy, which was unanimously adopted in March 2019. Before his time at the Commission, Jordan worked on ocean and coastal conservation policy with Wildcoast in San Diego and Mexico, EcoViva in El Salvador, and Cuba Marine Research and Conservation in Havana, Cuba. Jordan is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, with a Master’s of International Environmental Policy specializing in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, (MAIEP-OCRM ’15) and holds a B.A. in International Studies - Political Science focusing on Latin America from the University of California, San Diego.

Jordan is an avid surfer, downhill mountain biker, and hiker, and he spends as much time as possible exploring our public lands with his wife, Milena (who is also a MIIS alum) and two dogs.

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Lecture Location:  Online via Zoom

Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series

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