The California Coastal Commission is a state agency created in the 1970s to oversee land use and public access issues along the state’s coastline.

The commission works with coastal cities and counties to make sure coastal development projects won’t cause too much environmental damage. They also make sure that the coast is open to the public and the cost of coastal hotels are affordable.

Some of the commission’s recent decisions have been making headlines, like when the group told SeaWorld that if the company wanted to expand its killer whale enclosure, it would have to agree to stop breeding whales.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean describe the California Coastal Commission’s role and some of the controversial decisions it’s made recently.

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