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Published on Apr 28, 2012
In the late l960s, Ellen Stern Harris, a Beverly Hills matron, was serving on the Regional Water Quality Control board for Los Angeles and Ventura counties when she became motivated to find a way to protect the public's access to the coast. In 1970, she suggested to California State Assemblyman Alan Sieroty, whom she'd known since childhood, that legislation was needed to protect the entire California coast. She participated in the Proposition 20 (Prop. 20) initiative campaign and was appointed vice chair of one of the regional Coastal Commissions in 1973, along with Rimmon C. Fay, Ph.D. (Rim Fay). She remained active campaigning for public funding of elections until her death in January 2006.