Coastal Commission's Peter Douglas Retires after 26 Years
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Nobody can be so powerful for so long as Peter Douglas, who's retiring after 26 years as Executive Director of the Coastal Commission. We hear from his fans and his critics. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, evaporating support for President Obama.
Banner image: Luxurious beach houses crowd the shoreline hiding Carbon Beach, a public beach that is reached through a public accessway, opened through the intervention of the California Coastal Commission. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
Coastal Commission's Peter Douglas Retires after 26 Years ()
Peter Douglas helped write the laws that established the California Coastal Commission. For 26 years as executive director, he made it one of the most powerful, most revered and reviled regulatory agencies of its kind. He survived several attempts by developers and private property owners to oust him. But now, lung cancer has forced his retirement at age 68. We hear from his fans and his critics.
President Obama's Support Is Evaporating ()
Republicans presidential candidates dominated this weekend's political news while President Obamas approval ratings sank to their lowest point since he took office. Today it was his turn to visit Iowa, part of a three-state tour to shore up support from crucial constituencies. Obama has been denounced for filling the White House with Wall Street bankers and defended for doing the best he can with the bad hand he was dealt by George Bush and Republicans in Congress. But Independents are among those giving the President ratings so low he's vulnerable to the Republicans.
- Frank Newport: Gallup Poll, @galluppoll
- Robert Scheer: TruthDig.com, @Robert_Scheer
- Michael Grunwald: Time magazine, @MikeGrunwald
- Bill McClellan: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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