"The California Coastal Commission determines what does, or doesn't, get built on the 1,100 miles of cliffs, mountains and beaches along the Pacific Ocean. The group scrutinizes projects large and small — everything from adding a deck to a home to building an oceanfront luxury hotel. The most difficult task, though, is balancing environmentalism and the drive for growth. These clashing agendas have come to a head with a developer-backed bloc of commission members attempting to oust the agency's executive director. The firestorm comes a month before the commission is scheduled to vote on one of the largest coastal development proposals yet: 1,100 acres at Banning Ranch on Newport Beach, which our staff photographer @malmeidapix photographed earlier this month." By nytimes on Instagram.
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