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Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive

The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester, who has held the post since 2011. The vote was taken behind closed doors.

The shake-up raises questions about the direction of an agency often caught in the clash between property rights and conservation. The panel has broad sway over construction and environmental issues in coastal areas that...

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