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Published on Mar 15, 2015
Called a "street-fighter" for the coast, Peter Douglas served 25 years as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, from 1986 to 2011. After many attempts by pro-development forces to unseat him, he ultimately retired for health reasons and died the following spring.
As the LA Times quoted in an article after his death: "Part of the reason for his success is he was not the typical bureaucrat," said Melvin L. Nutter, who was commission chairman when Douglas was promoted to executive director. "He was a poetic visionary. His vision … helped sustain the coastal program as well as his career."