I missed this story while doing the News Roundup this morning, but seeing as it reports on a heart-warming instance of a judge telling California Coastal Commission to butt out, I thought it deserved its own post:
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ruled that the California Coastal Commission does not have the authority to prevent a Catholic school's expansion in Laguna Beach.
The decision by Judge Ronald L. Bauer on Monday restarts the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School's effort to expand at its current Coast Highway location, nearly two years after it applied to the city for a coastal development permit.
Viva Judge Bauer! Call me old fashioned, but I believe jurisdiction over the coastlines should be in the hands of county governments, not some unelected statewide bureaucracy that functions as judge, jury and executioner. So any time the Coastal Commissariat has its ears slapped back is a good day for liberty.